Programme

Please note that the time zone for the programme is GMT+2.  

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

08.30 - 09.00 hrs

Visit the e-exhibition

Catch up with other participants in the networking lounge

09.00 - 09.15 hrs

Introduction by Richard Flammer, Principal Director Patent Knowledge

Welcome by President António Campinos

09.15 - 09.30 hrs

Welcome by event moderator and detailed instructions

Daniel Shalloe, EPO

09.30 - 10.00 hrs

Visit the e-exhibition

Catch up with other participants in the networking lounge

10.00 - 11.00 hrs

From patent information to IP knowledge
Pierre Avédikian, EPO

PATLIB 2.0
Marco Bravo, EPO

 

Pruning to improve quality - an evolution in the EPO's Y-tags for the CPC
Geert Boedt and Victor Veefkind, EPO


The INPADOC classification scheme: lifting the veil over details

Sonia Kaufmann and Christian Soltmann, EPO

11.00 - 13.00 hrs

Visit the e-exhibition

Catch up with other participants in the networking lounge 

13.00 - 13.30 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Plenary presentation

News from INPADOC
Sonia Kaufmann and Jutta Haußer , EPO

Discussion round 1
Will the new ISO norm on innovation management have an impact on patent searching?


Discussion round 2
Legal tech industry: a new player in IP?


Discussion round 3
Enhanced patent data: past, present and future


Discussion round 4
To what extent is AI learning to "understand" patents?

 15.00 - 15.30 hrs

Visit the e-exhibition

Catch up with other participants in the networking lounge

 15.30 hrs

EPO Patent Information Conference - day one closes

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

08.30 - 09.00 hrs

Visit the e-exhibition

Catch up with other participants in the networking lounge

09.00 - 09.30 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

09.30 - 11.00 hrs

Plenary presentation
A forgotten source of prior art? Understanding and searching inventor's certificates
Eva Straková and Jürgen Mühl, EPO


Discussion round 5
AI implemented inventions as prior art?

Discussion round 6
CPC website: what do you need to avoid getting lost in the CPC information labyrinth?


Discussion round 7
Non-patent literature: what are the searcher's needs and are they being met?


Discussion round 8
Espacenet one year on - does it meet the users' needs?

11.00 - 13.00 hrs

Visit the e-exhibition

Catch up with other participants in the networking lounge

13.00 - 13.30 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

13.45 - 15.15 hrs

Plenary presentation

Using EPO linked open data: opportunities unveiled by the IPLOD project
Dolores Modic, Nord University, Bodø

Fighting Coronavirus - background to the EPO's response
Nigel Clarke, EPO

 
What happens if something is happening? Force majeure in Asian patent legislation and its impact for the patent system
Jutta Haußer, EPO

Lessons from searching and analysing AI-related patent, and non-patent data
Irene Kitsara, WIPO


 15.45 hrs

 Closing of the conference

Speakers

Daniel ShalloeDaniel Shalloe, EPO
Dan Shalloe is a British national and a graduate in mechanical engineering. He has worked for the EPO since 1989 and in the field of patent information since 1991. He was the editor of the EPO's quarterly newsletter Patent Information News for 28 years and has been responsible for the Patent Information Conference programme since 2003. Today, he heads the EPO's team for relations with patent information stakeholders and the PATLIB 2.0 project.  

Pierre AvédikianPierre Avédikian, EPO
Pierre Avédikian, a chemist by education, joined the EPO in 1987 as a patent examiner in the field of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics (A61K). In 1993, he moved to the patent information team of the EPO in the newly founded Vienna sub-office. As a project leader and - since 2007 -  as Director Publication, he has contributed to the various technological transitions from paper publications to CD-ROM and DVD in the 1990s and then the complete change of paradigm to full internet-based data dissemination. Since January 2007, Pierre Avédikian has been Director Patent Data Management and deputy head of the EPO's Vienna sub-office.

Marco BravoMarco Bravo, EPO
Marco Bravo is EPO's director of Patent Knowledge Promotion.  He is an expert in innovation, technology transfer, and IP-based commercialisation. His professional experience crosses industry, academia, government, and entrepreneurship, with extensive cross-cultural in Europe, the United States, and Asia. As an entrepreneur, Marco has co-founded three companies, with one successful exit, and a business angel fund, and actively mentored 200+ technology start-up companies and entrepreneurs from multiple countries. Throughout his career, Marco Bravo has published in international peer-reviewed journals and has been distinguished with multiple business and academic awards. 

Geert BoedtGeert Boedt, EPO
Geert Boedt is a business analyst and holds a degree in applied informatics. Having worked for more than 10 years with various EPO patent information products and in particular the PATSTAT database, he knows the ins and outs on how to use patent data to the fullest. Transforming patent data into business knowledge is his daily work.

Victor VeefkindVictor Veefkind, EPO
Victor Veefkind is examiner and opposition chairman in the Healthcare, Biotech and Chemistry cluster, and in addition to a doctorate in chemical engineering, he holds an LLM in IP law. He was the founder of the Y02 classification, and coordinator of the experts who initially built the Y02/Y04S classification. As of this year, he coordinates the efforts of the experts in making the Y02E/Y04S fit for the future. 

Sonia KaufmannSonia Kaufmann, EPO
Sonia Kaufmann is a patent information officer in the Patent Data Management directorate in the EPO's Vienna sub-office. She has gathered 20 years of experience at the EPO in different areas of the patent granting process, including formality examination and PCT procedures. After working as a business analyst for IT projects, she became a specialist for applicant-related matters and is today in charge of user support for patent information users. In addition, she is involved in the development and maintenance of the INPADOC classification scheme. 

Christian Soltmann, EPO
Christian Soltmann is a product manager in the Patent Data Management directorate at the EPO. He holds a PhD in materials science and a master in IP. After spending several years in the fields of fundamental and applied research, he specialised in IP and became a patent searcher and examiner at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He joined the EPO in 2013 and is today involved in the maintenance and further development of the 'EPO worldwide legal event data (INPADOC) product. 

Eva Straková, EPO
Eva Straková studied economics at the Appalachian State University, North Carolina (United States). She joined the EPO in 2004 as a patent formalities officer and in 2012 she transferred to Vienna. Here, as a member of the EPO's Asian patent information services, she is mainly responsible for Indian and Russian patent information. The Asian patent information services are offered by the EPO to help users, mainly from industry, understand and use patent information from Asian countries. 

Jürgen MühlJürgen Mühl, EPO
Jürgen Mühl joined the European Patent Office in 2009 and has been working for the EPO's Asian Patent Information Services since then. He is mainly in charge of services related to Korea and provides information to users on a variety of topics such as patent documentation, searches in free information sources and regular updates on new IP-related developments in Korea and other Asian jurisdictions. He also gives training courses and seminars on Asian patent information topics on a regular basis.

Before joining the office, Jürgen obtained a master's degree in Korean Studies at Ruhr University Bochum/Germany. He also spent part of his studies in Korea for language education at Ewha University in Seoul. 

Dolores ModicDolores Modic, Nord University Business School/Faculty of Information Studies Novo Mesto
Dolores Modic, PhD, is a researcher at Nord University Business School in Norway and at Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto in Slovenia. Dolores was a 2015 Fullbright scholar in the US (UNC at Chapel Hill) and a 2016-2018 JSPS Fellow in Japan (Kyushu University). Her main interests are IPR, technology transfer, patent informatics and, recently, circular economy. She was the principal investigator of the IPLOD project, sponsored by the EPO, which deals with patent related linked open data. She is currently also a member of another multinational EU-funded patent informatics project, the KnowING IPR.  

Nigel Clarke

Nigel Clarke, EPO
Nigel S. Clarke is currently managing patent knowledge research projects focussing on future and emerging technologies, such as Blockchain, graphene, quantum, and cancer immunotherapy. He joined the EPO as patent examiner in electron and ion optics and subsequently became IT manager. Nigel later managed PATLIB projects. For many years he was department head responsible for Espacenet and the European Patent Register.

Leaving academia, Nigel started work in the UK Scientific Civil Service, mainly on focused energy beams for microanalysis. He published numerous scientific papers. Nigel studied physical chemistry at Exeter University and holds a PhD in neutron science. He carried out post-doctoral research on carbon fibres at Surrey University. He holds memberships of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics and is a Chartered Scientist, UK Science Council. He has external academic positions at a number of UK universities. Nigel is a contributor to ISO TC279 Innovation Management and is an editorial board member for World Patent Information.

Jutta Haußer Jutta Haußer, EPO

Jutta Haußer studied Japanese and Chinese studies at the University of Munich (Germany) and holds a PhD in Japanese Studies. She has spent several years in Taiwan and Japan doing research. From 1992 to 2005, she was assistant professor at the University of Munich, LMU. She joined the European Patent Office in 2007. As a member of the EPO's Asian patent information team, now Worldwide IP Knowledge, she was originally mainly responsible for facilitating access to and monitoring Japanese patent information, but is now also covering a broader range as China and other jurisdictions. She is giving regularly seminars on Asian patent information.

Irene KitsaraIrene Kitsara, WIPO
Irene Kitsara joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2009 and currently works in the Technology and Innovation Support Division as IP Information Officer. She is responsible for all activities related to patent analytics, including publications, methodological resources and training. She has been the Project Coordinator of the Patent Landscape Reports (PLR) since 2010 (with over 15 PLRs published to date), led the development of the Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports, the Manual on Free and Open Source Tools for Patent Analytics and currently the Handbook on Patent Analytics. She is the project lead of the WIPO flagship publication Technology Trends, providing patent-based analysis on innovation trends and technology insights related to different technology areas of public interest, complemented by non-patent data and contextualized by related issues and expert inputs. The first issue on Artificial Intelligence introduced an original AI taxonomy, and had to date more than 143k PDF downloads. Ms. Kitsara was responsible for the update of the WIPO Patent Register Portal, developed the area of training on patent analytics for the WIPO Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) and provides related training, while she currently works on the second issue of the Technology Trends report on Assistive Technology.

She is a reviewer for World Patent Information, and since 2016 member of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.

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Abstracts

Patent Information to IP knowledge
Pierre Avédikian, EPO

How to enable society to make more efficient use of patent information? How to support innovators in taking more educated decisions about their steps in the patent world? How to bring more economic value and effectiveness to the IP system? These three questions were at the heart of patent information, ever since the early days, and are covered in spirit in the Paris Convention and then in the European Patent Convention.  

In a globalised, digitised, dynamic, knowledge-based economy, the EPO's Strategic Plan SP2023 has the ambition of developing new initiatives addressing the today's challenges. This talk will sketch out the pitfalls all the players in the IP world face and evoke some possible solutions to overcome them... Maybe these solutions are less technical than we think, hope or fear and have more to do with structures, communication and, ultimately, people.

PATLIB 2.0
Marco Bravo, EPO

Europe's PATLIB centres provide IP guidance and patent information services in a network of over 360 centres throughout the EPO's member states. PATLIB 2.0 is a major new initiative from the EPO aiming at expanding the range and increasing the level of the services the PATLIB centres provide, with an emphasis on IP valorisation, based on seven recommendations laid down in the Porto Paper during the PATLIB Summit, which took place in Porto, Portugal, in May 2019.

Pruning to improve quality - an evolution in the EPO's Y-tags for the CPC
Geert Boedt and Victor Veefkind, EPO

The Y-tags for climate change related technologies (e.g. clean energy) have been around for nearly 10 years now. In order to keep them sustainable and make them fit for the future, they have been revised, updated and pruned. This way they can be updated more regularly and keep providing added value to the patent information community. We will explain the main changes and plans for the future of the Y02/Y04S tags. The improvements will also be illustrated via a classical before-after comparison.

The INPADOC classification scheme: lifting the veil over details
Sonia Kaufmann and Christian Soltmann, EPO

With more than 300 million records related to the lives of patent applications worldwide and an undiminished growth every year, EPO worldwide legal event data (INPADOC) is today a key source of data for patent information users. Looking back at several decades of operation, INPADOC data has reached a level of richness that challenges many users.

For this reason, the EPO decided to develop a genuine INPADOC classification scheme to tag INPADOC legal event data, helping patent information professionals to retrieve and analyse the data in their everyday working life.

This presentation provides an overview of the detailed structure level of the INPADOC classification scheme and the current status of the classification of INPADOC legal event data on that level. Examples will illustrate how the classification information may be used in the daily work.

News from INPADOC
Christian Soltmann, EPO
The EPO's worldwide legal event data (INPADOC) service covers more than 300 million legal event records for more than 50 million applications from several dozen countries worldwide. The EPO is constantly working to increase the coverage, accuracy and usability of INPADOC legal event data.

This presentation provides an update on recent improvements regarding the INPADOC service. Examples will include the availability of more kinds of EP legal event data and JP trial/appeal data. It will also provide a brief overview of the status of the INPADOC classification scheme.

A forgotten source of prior art?
Understanding and searching inventor's certificates

Eva Straková and Jürgen Mühl, EPO

Inventor's certificates were the most important form of IP protection in a number of former socialist countries, in particular the Soviet Union. Even though they were often replaced by a "Western" patent system in the early 1990s at the latest, they are far from just being dinosaurs from the Cold War era: with several hundred thousands documents, they are still an important source of prior art and might be relevant for novelty and invalidation searches. In a few jurisdictions, inventor's certificates are still an important form of IP protection in the present day.

In this talk, we will shed some light on this relatively unknown form of prior art: what are the differences between patents and inventors' rights ? In which way are they relevant for searches in these jurisdictions? What are the particular challenges in accessing these documents? And last but not least - in which countries do they still exist as a major form of IP protection?

We will also show you how you can use Espacenet to access basic information on inventor's certificates from several jurisdictions and some national sources.  

Using EPO linked open data: opportunities unveiled by the IPLOD project
Dolores Modic, Ljubljana University
Linked open data (LOD) can provide new, valuable insights and this talk with give an example of that. Taking Linked Open EP data from the EPO and SN SciGraph from Springer Nature, we built a new EPO LOD database-centric sub-cloud. Interlinking the data carefully enabled us to put together enriched information on research and innovation activities by individuals and linked with further databases, and to discover even more data via a user-friendly interface.

Fighting Coronavirus – background to the EPO's response
Nigel Clarke, EPO
The Coronavirus outbreak initiated a worldwide crisis. This presentation briefly looks at the anatomy of crises and reviews the response to the COVID crisis by a number of IP offices worldwide. The EPO's response included the creation of an online patent resource for scientific and clinical researchers, containing free-to-use targeted searches, patent statistics and downloadable datasheets. The presentation will explore some of the Fighting Coronavirus content.

What happens if something is happening? Force majeure in Asian patent legislation and its impact for the patent system
Jutta Haußer, EPO

We will look at the patent laws in China, Japan and Korea and investigate in which cases force majeure can have an impact on the extensions of deadlines, restorations of right etc, in particular to understand what will be considered as force majeure (earthquakes, pandemics...). We will show concrete examples from the recent past (Fukushima earthquake and Covid 19 pandemic) to understand what we have to consider when we interpret legal events originating in these times.

Lessons from searching and analysing AI-related patent, and non-patent data
Irene Kitsara, WIPO

In 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization embarked on a journey into the world of artificial intelligence (AI). The first part of the journey ended with the publication of the WIPO Technology Trends report on AI in 2019. WIPO developed an AI taxonomy, built an AI search strategy, and analysed nearly 340 000 patents, over 1.5 million scientific publications related to AI, and other non-patent data. In this session, Irene Kitsara will share some of the key lessons learned from searching for AI-related patents, some interesting findings, AI's relationship to intellectual property, and what all these can mean for the future of people, tools and administrations.

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