Sunday, 11 November 2018

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 1: Search techniques and strategies using classification symbols – tips and tricks for becoming an expert

Training 2: Protection beyond the expiry of the patent after 20 years: supplementary protection certificates in Europe and patent term extensions in the United States, Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei

Training 3: Patent analytics

Training 4: Legal event data: seeing the trees in the wood

17.00 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Monday, 12 November 2018

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
Software-related patents are everywhere: understanding the problem-solution approach for better searching
Yannis Skulikaris, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 223 KB)

Discussion round 1
How does linked open data help us unlock more value from patent information?

Discussion round 2
The future of legal event data

Discussion round 3
Searching using classifications - what stumbling blocks remain?

Discussion round 4
Artificial intelligence - how will we use patent information ten years from now?

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
The Great Wall of Chinese IP information
Christine Kämmer, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 813 KB)

Discussion round 5
Federated Register and Global Dossier - a critical look at the current service

Discussion round 6
Blockchain - will it impact IP?

Discussion round 7
Searching databases for software-related inventions - what exactly to search for

Discussion round 8
"Do we have a strong IP position?" - how to answer this and other questions from the Board

12.00 - 13.30 hrs


13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

15.00 hrs

Coffee break

15.30 hrs

Official opening

hosted by Ianka Fleerackers

Welcome addresses by

  • Kris Peeters, Belgian deputy prime minister and Minister for Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs
  • António Campinos, President of the European Patent Office
  • Séverine Waterbley, Director general, Directorate-general for Economic Regulation, Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy

Keynote speeches
Yves Verschueren, essenscia
A strong IP strategy, a key to competitiveness
Presentation (PDF, 584 KB)

Jean-Luc Doumont, Principiae

Bridging the gap: communicating as a technical expert 

19.00 hrs

Conference reception at the invitation of the Belgian Patent Office

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

09.00 - 10.15 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

10.15 - 10.45 hrs

Coffee break

10.45 - 12.30 hrs

Richard Flammer, Principal Director, EPO

40, 30, 20, 10 and counting
Nigel Clarke, EPO

Introduction to new Espacenet
Interesting new features and a user's first impression

Heiko Wongel, Roland Feinäugle, Johannes Schaaf – EPO
Mustafa Çakır, RTTP, Industry Collaboration and Technology Licensing Office, Sabanci University
Presentation (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Presentation (PDF, 3.8 MB)

12.30 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs

The world of non-patent data for intellectual property matters
Amélia Desmedt, AGC Glass Europe Technovation Centre and Frederic Baudour, Allnex
Presentation (PDF, 254 KB)

Text mining in patents and scientific literature: revealing the potential for patent analysis
Bart Van Looy, KU Leuven – ECOOM – INCENTIM
Presentation (PDF, 440 KB)

Has an international patent application entered into the European regional phase or not?
Robrecht Dumarey, IP Hills
Presentation (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Searching for challenged European patents: EPO opposition and appeal information

Luca Falciola, DROIA Oncology Ventures 

Presentation (PDF, 1.7 MB)

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Machine-learning, artificial intelligence and big data

Artificial Intelligence - the EPO's perspective
Argyrios Bailas, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 386 KB)

Semantic search versus searching with terms and classifications – what helps best in patent information searching

Gabriele Kirch-Verfuss, Wissenswert
Presentation (PDF, 851 KB)

Black-box patent tools - hope or hype?
Andrea Davis, Bodkin IP
Presentation (PDF, 935 KB)

Working with machines: augmenting patent information professionals with artificial intelligence
Samuel Davis, Amplified AI
Presentation (PDF, 637 KB)

19.00 hrs  Conference dinner at the Musée de la Bande Dessinée 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

09.00 - 11.00 hrs

Surrounded by patents: the visible and invisible risks of doing business Michaël A.T. Beck, IPLodge
Presentation (PDF, 70 KB)

Dialogue: Typical questions that legal status can help to answer

Sofie Leplae, EPO, and Michaël A.T. Beck, IPLodge

FTO search – well begun is half done

Bettina de Jong
Presentation (PDF, 551 KB)

Claims interpretation – tips for FTO searches
Christopher McDonald, Wilson Gunn
Presentation (PDF, 288 KB)

The INPADOC classification scheme: lifting the veil over worldwide legal event data

Christian Soltmann, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 287 KB)

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 hrs

Summaries of the discussion rounds by the chairmen

A personal view of the conference by the conference rapporteur
Monika Hanelt, Agfa
Presentation (PDF, 222 KB)

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2019

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 15.30 hrs

Training 5: Citations information in Espacenet and the Common Citation Document

Training 6: Retrieving non-patent literature from Asia

Training 7: Understanding patent families at the EPO: the simple and extended INPADOC family

Super-workshop for power users

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