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Monday, 28 October 2019

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 1: Finding patents with new Espacenet – from basic to more advanced concepts

Training 2: The EPO's linked open data hands-on

Training 3: SPCs, term extensions and adjustments: protection beyond 20 years in Europe, the US and Asia

Training 4: Adding value to patent data: how data processing and enrichment help users to better tap the benefits of patent data

17.00 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
Prior art searching - new times, new challenges

Pavol Hanus, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 1 MB)

Discussion round 1
What is the potential for offering chemical structure searching in the EPO's online search tools?

Discussion round 2
Will classification maintain its value as the impact of AI on patent searching increases?

Discussion round 3
Now new Espacenet is available, what gaps remain?

Discussion round 4
What can the EPO contribute to due diligence, freedom-to-operate searching and IP management tools?

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
What has happened in Asia ... and what it means for you
Jürgen Mühl and Eva Straková, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 6 MB)

Discussion round 5
When the computer does the searchhow far can we rely on AI for patent searching?

Discussion round 6
EP, US and JP data in INPADOCwhat should the priorities be?

Discussion round 7
The changing face of prior art searchingnew media, copyright legislation, defensive publications

Discussion round 8
If patent information searchers and business analysts use statistical reports, statistical data, technology maps and patent landscapes in their IP strategy consulting services, what tools or products should the EPO provide to help with this quest?

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 Catalin Stefanescu

Welcome addresses by

  • a representative of the host country
  • António Campinos, President of the European Patent Office
  • Ionuţ Barbu, President of the Romanian Patent Office

Keynote speech I

Intellectual property and the next Industrial Revolution 

Andrei Iancu

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Announcement of the winner of the Patent Olympiad 2019

Keynote speech II
Innovation logic for new IP assignments

Simon Dewulf, PatentInspiration and Imperial College
Presentation (PDF, 3.8 MB)

19.00 hrs

Conference dinner

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

09.00 - 10.15 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

10.15 - 10.45 hrs

Coffee break

10.45 - 12.45 hrs

Patent information at the EPO
Richard Flammer, Principal Director, EPO

New Espacenet – advanced features
Heiko Wongel and Roland Feinäugle, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 1 MB)
Presentation (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Patent insight reports from the EPO – future and emerging technologies
Nigel Clarke, EPO and Björn Jürgens, IDEA CITPIA PATLIB Centre Andalucia
Presentation (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Using patent information to deliver added value to innovators
Catriona Bruce, IP Australia
Presentation (PDF, 6.2 MB)

Latest renewable energy advances based on patent trends
Alessandra Salgado, IRENA Innovation & Technology Centre
Presentation (PDF, 1.7 MB)

12.45 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs


Latest information on new J-PlatPat and IoT-related classifications

Toshiki Yamaguchi, Japan Patent Office
Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Update on the CPC and how to be kept up-to-date with CPC revisions
Pierre Held, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 1.9 MB)

CPC International – what's in it for the users?
Pierre Held, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 710 KB)

The EPO's experience in machine learning /automation
José Alconchel y Ungria, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 606 KB)

Artificial intelligence and patent classification

Alexander Klenner-Bajaja, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 1.6 MB)

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

News on the European Patent Register – it happened because of you
Yolanda Sánchez García, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 524 KB)

Expectations of a European Patent Attorney
Francis Leyder, European Patent Attorney
Presentation (PDF, 245 KB)

Searching for perfect patent protection – a very personal story
Eric de Cock, Tata Steel
Presentation (PDF, 816  KB)

Categorisation of legal event data - how can it help the patent information user?
Christian Soltmann, EPO and Marjolaine Thulin, AWA Sweden AB
Presentation (PDF, 829 KB)

Update on the certification of patent searchers
Frederic Baudour, on behalf of The International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (ISBQPIP)
Presentation (PDF, 445 KB)

Legal status information – beyond the patent offices
Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd
Presentation (PDF, 1.2 MB)

 19.00 hrs  Reception at the invitation of OSIM

Thursday, 31 October 2019

09.00 - 11.00 hrs

Patent Early Warning System – more than an alert
Rosanna Lindquist, The Hershey Company
Presentation (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Gold standard collections for training and evaluating machine-learning systems

Tony Trippe, Patinformatics
Presentation (PDF, 650 KB)

AI, semantic and similarity searches, in the patent domain – performance, comparison, and analysis
Burkhard Schlechter, Austrian Patent Office
Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Insights into performance evaluation and best practice when using semantic AI search tools; pitfalls and tricks
Linus Wretblad, Uppdragshuset / IPscreener
Presentation (PDF, 2.3 MB)

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
Peter Kallas, BASF SE

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2020

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 5: Patent analytics

Training 6: Beyond Espacenet: obtaining up-to-date patent data in Asian sources

Training 7: An introduction to INPADOC legal event data

Training 8: Patent insight reports from the EPO - future and emerging technologies

Super-workshop for power users

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