Technology transfer and IP in Slovenia

Špela Stres, Head of Technology Transfer and Innovation Center

Dr Stres will start the presentation with the outline of her home institution, the Jo┼żef Stefan Institute and its fields of research, together with its Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation. She will continue to present the knowledge and technology transfer system in Slovenia, including the alliance of the eight most active public institutions in that field. Also some concrete results of the ongoing work will be presented to inspire the slovenian researchers on what could still be done in the field.

Blockchain technology: does it impact IP protection

Alex Weir, Weir Consulting

Most people when they hear the word ‘blockchain' think of bitcoins and the FinTech industry! Well ‘blockchain' is so much more than that one application, blockchain has the potential to revolutionise records management in all manner of industries across the world, impacting upon supply chain management and provenance issues for trade, food security, Intellectual Property and so much more! In this presentation I will briefly explain what blockchain is and highlight some of the opportunities that have arisen in the industries that relate to the world of PATLIB.

Using the EPO SME case studies for PATLIBs' activities

Ilja Rudyk, European Patent Office

In 2017, the EPO has produced a series of case studies on twelve European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are leveraging the power of patents and other IP rights to achieve business success. The resulting case studies illustrate the various ways in which patents can be leveraged to support the development of SMEs operating in different industries and technology sectors and applying different business models. They also provide detailed information and recommendations on best practices in IP strategy and IP management. The presentation will present the project and show how PATLIBs can use the material developed by the EPO's Patent Academy and the Chief Economist Unit for their activities to raise awareness on IP issues and promote the use of patent information.

IP services developed under the EU project VIP4SME suitable for PATLIB centres

Thomas Fischer, Fraunhofer IAO

The project "Value Intellectual Property for SMEs"(VIP4SME), a four years EU project, started on 15.12.2015. The main goal of the VIP4SME project is to sustainably enhance Intellectual Property support services to SMEs in order to allow them to understand the value of the intellectual capital they create and own, and to define strategies and management practices allowing them to better turn this capital into commercial values and competitiveness.

In their function as intermediaries, PATLIBs are a target audience for a number of VIP4SME project deliverables. The session will present training contents, tools and IP support services specifically designed and corresponding to identified needs of SMEs. Focus will be on IP tools and events that are suitable to be used by PATLIB centres for serving their clients.

IPD-light, an adapted service that can be implemented by PATLIBs

Roger Hildebrandt, German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Matthias Knöbel, Technical University Dresden

In the recent past, IP Pre diagnostic services (IPD services) have more and more entered the focus of public interest as they could successfully demonstrate a way to build IP- competencies in SMEs. Many PATLIBs though have yet either not a full understanding of the IPD services concept, its specific benefits, or the necessary means to plan and implement such a service.

The presentation will hence try to elucidate the IPD concept, the advantages of a IPD lite version, its benefits for a PATLIB and an example how to plan and implement a successful IPD lite service to attract new customers and strengthen the service portfolio against the background of a IPD lite promotion week in selected German PATLIBs in September 2017.

New IP tools of special interest for PATLIB centres: mapping, semantic search, IP at trade fairs, events, etc

Udo Gennari, Business Upper Austria
Thomas Fischer, Fraunhofer IAO

An important part of VIP4SME project has been the qualification of existing IP tools and the identification and set-up of 20 new IP tools, covering almost all currently important aspects of IP. Especially attractive are new tools for Patent Mapping, Semantic Search or IP at trade fairs.

In the IP toolbox http://www.innovaccess.eu/toolbox tools for different target groups and different complexity are made available on the one hand to SMEs, for self-study and as practical guides. On the other hand, more complex tools are meant for IP support providers like VIP4SME project partners or PATLIB centres.

IP support providers like PATLIB centres are especially welcome and are addressed specifically by IP trainings for intermediaries. In these trainings, more complex IP tools established in VIP4SME are introduced and trained by experienced project partners.

In the session examples of new, very useful IP tools will be demonstrated, for example

  • guides for modern, sophisticated patent searching and depiction of results with patent mapping,
  • semantic search, combined with interactive graphics I
  • P tools relevant for organisation of fairs.
  • the EPO's Unitary Patent Guide

A second stream of information offered in the session will be an outlook of IP events relevant for PATLIB centres in the various regions and for their SME clients.

IPR strategies for newcomers and SMEs - a newly launched service improving PATLIBs' profile and visibility

Kristin Jirka and Susanne Ruffert, RWTH Aachen University

Today's patent information users demand more and more support with IPR strategies and IP management. The session shows how a PATLIB's service portfolio can be enhanced from information broking to a consultancy service called „IPR-Strategies for newcomers and SME".

In a first step, interview guidelines and information leaflets were generated, accompanied by a suitable administrative framework e.g. installing a proper documentation and determining scope and fees. An important element was the internal training for staff members. The client communication is now standardized by structured guidelines and verifiable by an internal quality control.

This service is designed for IPR-beginners.

In a second step, an "IP-Audit-Light" was launched, addressing SME who wish to enhance their IPR-management. In collaboration with other members of the PIZnet (the association of German PATLIBs) a tool for a top level consultation on patent strategies for SME is still being developed and will accomplish the services in the future.

During the session the interview guidelines will be tested for several fictive practice cases and its usability will be discussed.

A self-assessment tool to lead users to a valuable IP protection

Sandra Ennas, Sardegna Ricerche, Pia Björk, EPO

The session addresses the topic how users can evaluate whether software inventions can be protected. A new online service has been launched for end users, in the form of a self-assessment tool, with the scope of helping evaluate whether a proposed invention is protectable. The self-assessment tool guides the user through a tailored path in order to contextualize the proposed invention and provide the PATLIB with a more complete information on his/her needs in terms of IP protection. By following the tailored steps proposed by the self-assessment tool, the user is actively involved in the process leading to the evaluation of the state of the art.

Requests for novelty searches in the software development field are constantly increasing and it is difficult to explain the further technical effect required for software protection. A case study will demonstrate the use of the self-assessment tool applied to the context of software protection.

The self-assessment tool has been designed in order to help identify:

  • what is the closest prior art
  • the difference, in terms of the claimed technical features, between the claimed invention and the closest prior art
  • the technical effect emerging from this difference (for computer-implemented inventions)

Helping SMEs with IP: speed dating

Céline Couroux, INPI Normandie Caen

Beyond its basic mission to register and grant patents, trademarks and designs & models, INPI has been assigned the role to support businesses in their use of intellectual property with a strong focus on IP viewed as a tool for valorising innovations and developing the competitiveness of businesses. In this frame, INPI has developed a broad range of services which the 20 INPI local branches have the mission to disseminate throughout France. Taking into account the specific level of IP awareness INPI customizes its services to the respective customer group.

In a new service "Mentor PI" for SMEs, who are beginners in IP, INPI involves trained mentors wanting to help the "newcomers" dealing with IP. Mentor PI is a speed-dating between SMEs and/or Mentors around IP. This approach helps INPI maintaining a link with their clients and nurturing them with IP strategies.

Following a presentation of the service a mentor will report on his experience with the speed dating.

Use of freely-available patent information tools for patent-driven market search

Mustafa Çakir, Sabanci University

PATLIB centres and technology transfer offices mostly need comprehensive information in many stages of technology assessment process starting with invention disclosure. As patent professionals, we need to perform a good work of patent searching and market assessment in order to give better decisions for effective patent portfolio management. Using patent and market data is crucial to quickly validate invention-market fit and decide if it is worth pursuing and simultaneously remove the bottleneck of "go or no-go" decisions.

Patent data is publically available and is used for statistical analysis to measure innovation, technology trends, and R&D activities. In that point of view, there are wide-range of freely-available patent information tools to help patent/technology licensing professionals for performing better technology assessment and market search before commercialization activities. This breakout session will focus to understand that How to analyse invention's value chain and potential application fields, how patent-data can be applied to the market search strategy, how to use patent-data to map competitors and identify potential licensees in target markets.

A spin-off commercialisation success: export via IP

Serhat Dalkiliç, Erciyes Technopark

The presentation addresses the topic how a technology transfer office and PATLIB centre can support academics to become successful entrepreneurs. It will cover the journey of a spin-off, from a project to an export company in three years.

The participants can find information about:

  • How to find a place in a challenging market via IP
  • How to enlarge your business via IP
  • How, important IP is throughout the lifetime of a company or how it can be used as a key for the market entrance

In a case study it will be shown that managing IP was the only key player for the market entrance and improving the business.

International transfer marketing

Jouni Hynynen, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Central Finland
Daniela Filová, AriD PATLIB Centre

Small companies are often facing challenges when trying to bring their innovations to foreign markets. This session will show ways how PATLIBs in different countries can work together to help clients with international marketing. To provide a new specific PATLIB service in transfer marketing the presentation demonstrate the process and highlight all the important issues and conditions. Based on a check-list, participants will go through an exemplary case of international transfer marketing.

How to implement PATLIB services in projects funded by the EU

L'ubomír Kucka, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information

The implementation of EU-funded projects offers PATLIB centres opportunities for expanding their existing services or developing new ones. Co-operation with partners is also an important aspect in this context. The presentation will demonstrate how PATLIBs can be involved using two examples of EU-financed projects: "National Infrastructure to Support Technology Transfer in Slovakia" and "National Business Centre".

The presentation will focus on:

  • what existing and new services and tools have been implemented; how the PATLIB centre participated in the implementation of the project
  • who the main participants and partners of the projects were and what form of co-operation with the project partners (Universities, Academy of Sciences and R&D Institutions, IPO etc) took
  • what the benefits for partners and service users were and the kind of support provided to scientific research institutions, entrepreneurs in the field of industrial property
  • what the outputs in the projects were; the experience gained and the possibilities for further development of services

IP for gamers, developing awareness.

Melanie Rawles. Central Library Plymouth.

The session  will address these following questions:

  • What relevance does intellectual property have for people in the gaming industry?
  • Patent, copyright or open source: how should software be protected, and should it be protected at all?
  • What can be done to inform teachers and lecturers so that they incorporate this knowledge into their teaching?

The discussion will start with a shortened version of a presentation created for undergraduate students of computer and games development, giving a general overview of the importance of intellectual property in relation to gaming software and the games themselves, covering in particular the use of artwork, characters, music and storylines. The session will end with a discussion about the relative merits of using open source software.

Promoting public awareness on IP: the experience of a PATLIB centre

Santa Lozda, The Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia

Promoting public awareness on IP is one important task of PATLIB centres. In cooperation with national partners and stakeholders the PATLIB centre has developed various ways of promoting IP information services and public awareness by addressing different target groups (students and researchers, IP professionals and patent attorneys, children and youngsters). In order to provide best knowledge and raise respect for IP, last year the PATLIB centre organized 45 different activities and events which were attended by 3408 visitors. In the middle of 2017, a large survey was launched in order to evaluate the level of efficiency of information services provided by the PATLIB centre's staff. The results showed that the services had positive effect on PATLIB clients' IP awareness and patent information literacy. According to the survey, the common level of knowledge is higher than average. Nevertheless, the survey also showed that not all of the services are actively used as the main source of information about services is the LPO`s website.

How to promote your services with minimal resources

Lisa McDonald, European Patent Office

Feedback from PATLIB centres has revealed that although the importance of promoting their services is acknowledged as a success factor for the patent information centre, more often than not a lack of general resources means that promotion activities are neglected.

In this break out session you will learn how to promote and communicate your services to the public using minimal resources. You will learn how to prepare a check-list for promotional activities and define a simple service strategy and business model, you will receive tips and tricks for promoting your services via network partners and on various medias. In addition Lisa will provide you with an overview of best practice examples used in the pilot reorientation project and report on how they contributed to the success of the participating centres.

How a patent office / PATLIB centre can use patent data to improve its efficiency

Philippe Borne, INPI Grand Est, FR

Identifying potential customers for specific IP information services is one of the success factors for PATLIB centres. INPI branch in Alsace, developed a method how to use patent data to better identify target clients for a particular service. Combining patent data made available in the frame of the open data on the MESR (Ministry of Higher Education and Research) portal with data from orbit.com allows to categorize the companies based in a certain region according to the country coverage and the size of their patent portfolio. This method could permit to generate for each territorial area a fingerprint representing the inventive activity of said area and to identify the right level of service for a particular customer. In this way, PATLIBs may be able to increase their efficiency in customer acquisition.

Using PATSTAT for identifying potential clients

Geert Boedt, European Patent Office

This part of the session will focus on how PATSTAT online can be used for identifying potential clients for PATLIB services. Integration of NUTS codes (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) and harmonised application names in PATSTAT allows for regional based analysis of European patent applications. 

It will be illustrated how NUTS based indicators can assist PATLIB centres to tailor make their services towards their "regional patent portfolio".

Sharing knowledge, experience and good practice across PATLIB centres

Nigel Spencer, The British Library

The presentation will illustrate methods for sharing knowledge, experience and good practice across PATLIBs across Europe, and advocate strongly for the benefits and efficiencies of sharing. The UK Business & IP Centre National Network enables entrepreneurs to get access to IP and business-related information, training and support . The network uses knowledge sharing through jointly developing information guides; training each other to deliver workshops; screening webinars and talks across the network; testing new information resources; advising and assisting with funding bids . We have also created a joint project management site using the ‘Basecamp' platform.

Together for each other "Basecamp" usage at German PATLIBs association PIZnet

Arne Krüger, Moving Targets Consulting GmbH

For two years now, PIZnet, the association of the twenty German PATLIB centres, has been using the Basecamp collaboration tool. The network is very varied in terms of its members' organisation and ownership, but it was still possible to achieve quick successes, such as a document store, to-do lists and calendar functionality as an addition and replacement for email and conventional document sharing. This session will share the current status of the Basecamp work and invite all the PATLIBs to share their collaboration experiences.

How can PATLIBs' patent valuation services help with tax deduction regulations (and other financial issues)

Sander De Vrieze, Centexbel

National patent tax deduction regulations have had over the last years a huge influence in a rise of (national) patent applications. Several European countries have their own patentbox regime in place.

A lot of innovations don't end up in patent applications. One of the most common explications that small medium enterprises don't filer patent applications, is the strong belief that applying for patents costs way too much money. National patent tax deduction regulations counteract in this believe. An innovation stimulating fiscal law has been implemented in Belgium in 2007 and was recently changed in 2017. This law describes a very specific method for the tax deduction, one where it is important to be able to valuate your patent.

This is where PATLIB centres are able to assist by providing services in the area of valuation of patents.

Possible links with the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador network

Cyrille Dubois, ipil Luxembourg and PATLIB representatives

The European IPR Helpdesk has set-up a network of Ambassadors with the most IP-skilled members of the Enterprise Europe Network. Driven by the common goal of supporting the development of improved IP use by businesses PATLIB centres could get into contact with the European IPR Helpdesk more regularly. The use and diffusion of material put at disposal by the European IPR Helpdesk or the organization of common training, the development of common materials or approaches to specific targets based on PATLIB experiences could indeed be possible actions that would help to build links between the initiatives.

Following the report on their experience from some PATLIB members who are Ambassadors of the European IPR Helpdesk participants will discuss possible actions leading to a closer co-operation between the European IPR Helpdesk and the PATLIB network

Possible links with ASTP Proton

Henric Rhedin, ASTP Proton

ASTP-Proton is a non-profit organization committed to knowledge transfer between universities and industry. Their focus is to improve the quality of impact that public research has on the economy and society. Following the presentation of ASTP Protons activities, potential links and ideas for joint activities with the PATLIB network will be discussed.

IP teaching in universities - how to attract academics at all levels

Niculae Eugen Seghedin and Mircea Frunza, Inventics Institute Iasi
Giovanna Oddo, European Patent Office

The first part of the session will show how IP teaching can be part of the curricula for all academic levels at universities and which role PATLIB centres can play nursing future scientists and engineers as inventors. Success factors and challenges will be discussed.

In the second part methodology, concept and tools for teaching IP at universities will be presented.

Hand in hand with start-ups - patent information as a part of the business routine

Katarzyna Szwed and Ewa Ropela, Pomeranian Science and Technology Park

In this session a successful collaboration between a science and technology park start-up zone and a PATLIB centre will be presented, focussing on educational and legal services around IP for small companies. Through the variety of professionals within reach, networking and an informal atmosphere providing a frequent use of patent information services, constant possibilities arise for adaptation and learning.

In this way, early reality checks concerning IP became part of the business routine for the start-ups.

New Espacenet - a preview

Roland Feinäugle, European Patent Office

In the course of 2018 Espacenet will see a completely new look and feel. The preview will give the PATLIB community an overview of the new user interface and new features of this important patent information service.

The PATLIB reorientation project - review and outlook

Team presentation from the project participants,
Heidrun Krestel, EPO

With PATLIB2018 the one-year project on reorienting patent information centres comes to its end. Project participants will summarise what were the most valuable activities, extending their services and creating new business opportunities. An outlook will be given on elements that could be implemented on a broad basis.

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