Programme

Please note that the time zone for the programme is CEST.  

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

8.50 hrs

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9.00-10.00 hrs

Opening of event and welcome to the day

Stephen Rowan, Vice-President, Patent Granting Process, EPO

Keynote speech

Responsible IP utilization in times of climate change (working title)

Prof. Elisabeth Eppinger, HTW Berlin

10.00-11.00 hrs

Workshop session I

WS01 – Retrieving efficiently valuable information from international patent office cooperation using Global Dossier and Common Citation Document

Alan Bacon, examiner, EPO and Robert Pötzsch, examiner, EPO

WS03 – Use of design patents as prior art

Domenico Golzio, IT Dir, EPO and Guido Moradei, Questio patent information partners

WS08 – Searching AI-related application in clean and green IP

Elena Virnik, examiner, EPO

WS12 – Non-patent literature searches

Els Vadot-van Geldre, examiner, EPO and Yves Verbandt, senior expert, EPO

11.00-11.15 hrs

Break

11.15-12.15 hrs

Workshop session II

WS02 – Search! Ansera presentation

Paula Larisa Patras, examiner ICT, project manager Co-operation Search Project, EPO and Barnaby Hoyal, team manager HBC, Co-operation Search Project, EPO

WS06 – How to find relevant prior art in 30 minutes

Martijn Lantsheer, examiner, EPO

WS09 – Inventor teams and their interrelated patents

Alain Materne, examiner, EPO and Gershom Sleightholme, senior expert, EPO


12.15-13.15 hrs

Plenary 1:


Approaching 10 years of the cooperative patent classification: where do we stand?

Pierre Held, administrator, Dir. Classification and Documentation, EPO

13.15 hrs
End of conference day
   

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

8.50 hrs

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9.00-10.00 hrs

Welcome to the day

Roberta Romano-Götsch, CSO, EPO


Plenary 2:

Clean and green IP and how to find it
Victor Veefkind, examiner, EPO and Alessandro Colombo, team manager, EPO

10.00-11.00 hrs

Workshop session III

WS01 – Retrieving efficiently valuable information from international patent office cooperation using Global Dossier and Common Citation Document
Alan Bacon, examiner, EPO and Robert Pötzsch, examiner, EPO

WS07 – Prior art cited from the internet
David Wienema, examiner, EPO

WS09 – Inventor teams and their interrelated patents
Alain Materne, examiner, EPO and Gershom Sleightholme, senior expert, EPO

WS10 – Search matters? Search matters!
Hanno Schombacher, examiner, EPO and Wolfram Meyer, examiner, EPO


11.00-11.15 hrs
Break

11.15-12.15 hrs

Workshop session IV

WS05 – Searching Chinese non-patent literature
Jenny Olausson, examiner, EPO and Jutta Haußer, IP know-how, EPO

WS11 – Access to clean and green IP in Japanese patent documentation, using classification and indexing
Adam Cohen, administrator Dir. Quality Audit and examiner, EPO and Christoph Wirner, examiner, EPO

WS12 – Non-patent literature searches
Els Vadot-van Geldre, examiner, EPO and Yves Verbandt, senior expert, EPO

12.15-13.15 hrs

Plenary 3:

Artificial intelligence for automatically assigning Y02/Y04

Alexander Klenner-Bajaja, head of Department Data Science, EPO


13.15 hrs
End of conference day
   

Thursday, 29 September 2022

8.50 hrs

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9.00-10.00 hrs

Plenary 4:


Patent insight report on hydrolysers and hydrogen production
Valérie Desbois, examiner, EPO

10.00-11.00 hrs

Workshop session V

WS04 – Searchers and Finders
Joris van Lith, administrator Dir. Quality Audit, EPO

WS05 – Searching Chinese non-patent literature
Jenny Olausson, examiner, EPO and Jutta Hausser, IP know-how, EPO

WS08 – Searching AI-relatedapplications in clean and green IP
Elena Virnik, examiner, EPO

WS11 – Access to clean and green IP in Japanese patent documentation, using classification and indexing
Adam Cohen, administrator Dir. Quality Audit and examiner, EPO and Christoph Wirner, examiner, EPO

11.00-11.15 hrs
Break

11.15-12.15 hrs

Workshop session VI

WS04 – Searchers and Finders
Joris van Lith, administrator Dir. Quality Audit, EPO

WS07 – Prior art cited from the internet
David Wienema, examiner, EPO

WS10 – Search matters? Search matters!
Hanno Schombacher, examiner, EPO and Wolfram Meyer, examiner, EPO

12.15-13.00 hrs

Plenary 5:


IP5 offices achievements supporting search
Paul Schwander , Director IT Cooperation Partnerships

13.00 hrs

Closing remarks and end of conference

Telmo Vilela, Principal Director Co-operation and Patent Academy, EPO




Panelists and speakers

Adam Cohen, GB, administrator (50%), Directorate of Quality Audit, examiner (50%), Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO The Hague. BA, MA and PhD in electrical and information sciences/photonic engineering from Cambridge University. Worked in Japan, Canada, the USA and the UK. Joined the EPO as an examiner in 2003. Also involved in EPO IT projects, geographical outreach and communication quality projects. Coaches new examiners and is an expert on Japanese translation queries. Former committee member of the Asian Patent Expert Group.

Alain Materne, FR, examiner, Information and Communications Technology, EPO Berlin. Degree in electronic engineering from ENSEA in Cergy-Pontoise (FR), completed with a thesis project at Berlin’s Technical University. Worked in the electronics industry at Wandel & Goltermann in Reutlingen, Germany, prior to joining the EPO in 1988. Develops various ranking scripts in ooRexx for retrieving related files and prior art.

Alan Bacon, GB, examiner, Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO The Hague. MA in chemistry from the University of Oxford, St. Peter’s College, UK, 1982. PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Southampton, UK, 1985. Joined the EPO as an examiner in 1985 and has been working in the field of printing ever since. Member of the Classification Board since 1990. Tutor and trainer of new EPO examiners, lecturer with the European Patent Academy. Has given numerous presentations at Search Matters and Examination Matters, and has represented the EPO at various occasions worldwide.

Alessandro Colombo, from Italy, Examiner in Electric Power Technology, EPO Munich. He graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnics of Milan. He worked for circa 10 years as project manager in major companies in the electrical industry, such as Cesi and Abb and then joined the EPO in 2003, obtained the Eqe qualification in 2010, before accepting the role of Team Manager in 2018. In 2012-14 he joined the developers team of the Y02-Y04 classification scheme for green technologies. Since 2011 he acts as instructor and coach for new examiners and trainer in workshops and seminars on search and examination.

Alexander Klenner-Bajaja joined the EPO in 2014 as member of an IT team working on automated search. In 2019, he became the head of the newly created Data Science department. The data science team is creating solutions using artificial intelligence to solve challenges in the patent grant process such as automated classification of applications and automated prior art search.

Barnaby Hoyal joined the EPO in 2005. He is a chemical engineer with a background in consultancy and project management. He currently leads a team of examiners working in the field of absorbents and nonwovens. As a patent examiner he has also worked in the fields of gas separation, microfluidics, fuel cells and battery technology. In 2020, working with the IT-Cooperation Directorate, he initiated and continues to support a project bringing new search technology to the EPC contracting states. From 2012 to 2016 Barnaby worked with Directorate International Co-operation providing training in search for many national patent offices and was responsible for the co-ordination of IT-related activities in the IP5 programme.

Christoph Wirner, DE, examiner, sector Information and Communications Technology, EPO The Hague. In charge of prior art searches, examination and opposition procedures in the field of semiconductor technology. Member of the Asian Patent Expert group (APEG) Committee. Member of the CII group on computer implemented inventions. Member of the DG1-DG5 International Cooperation Taskforce on data exchange. Promoted the use of the Japanese Fi/F-term classification and the access to patent documentation from Asia. He is also a member of the EPO’s Japanese language expert group.

David Wienema, BE/NL, examiner, sector Information and Communications Technology, EPO The Hague. He obtained a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Leuven. Prior to joining the EPO in 2015, he worked for almost 6 years in the semiconductor industry developing integrated circuits for medical applications such as cochlear implants, X-ray imaging, deep brain stimulation, automotive applications such as inductive sensor readout circuits and consumer electronics. He currently works in the field of electronic circuits.

Domenico Golzio holds a degree in Physics. After working as an electronic engineer in telecoms, automotive and aerospace industries he joined the EPO as a Patent Examiner in the field of ICT. He has been the Director of a Search and Examination Unit, led the Directorate developing tools for Prior Art Search and Patent Information and is currently a Director in the CIO/CTO Office. He has done research into various aspects of IPRs, including relationship between patents and innovation, patent information, international patent portfolios, comparison between different patent systems.

Elena Virnik, DE, examiner, sector ICT, EPO, Berlin. PhD in applied mathematics. Joined the EPO in 2009. Works in the field of complex mathematical methods and in particular of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Passed the EQE in 2017 and has been a CEIPI tutor since 2018. Presenter at Search Matters 2019 - 2021.

Elisabeth Eppinger is a professor for sustainability and textile technology at the University of Applied Sciences for Technology and Economics Berlin (HTW Berlin). Her research focusses and sustainable technologies, innovation, technology diffusion and in particular intellectual property rights and multi-stakeholder collaboration. She leads the interdisciplinary research project Intellectual Property Models for Accelerating Sustainability Transitions with researchers from Freie University Berlin (Germany), Indian Institute of Science, University of Cambridge (UK) and University of Lund (Sweden). Over the last decades, she has been researching sustainable innovation, technology transitions and innovation collaboration. She holds a PhD in innovation studies, and a master in Science and Technology Studies. Before joining academia, she graduated in engineering and worked in R&D in the chemical and textile industries in Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Els Vadot-van Geldre, BE, examiner, Biotechnology, EPO The Hague. Studied pharmacy at the University of Ghent, where she obtained a PhD in pharmaceutical biotechnology. Joined the EPO in 2001, where she works in the field of drug screening and diagnostics. She regularly participates in visits and exchanges with patent attorneys and research institutes.

Gershom Sleightholme, senior expert, Team Diagnosics and Electrical Automotive Parts, EPO Berlin. Holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Worked for several years in the steel and automotive industries and in the British civil service prior to joining the EPO in 1996.

Guido Moradei is a registered Italian and European Design attorney whose activity is focused on providing information and consultancy in the Design matter, CEO of two companies dealing with IP information and prosecution. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the World Patent Information journal and editor of the special issue about Industrial Design Intellectual Property and Information Retrieval. Often speaker or chairman in international conferences and meetings, he authors papers and collaborates with IP Offices in advisory bodies like the SACEPO/PDI (EPO), the WIPO Committee of Standards and as advisor in IP related projects. Guido is a Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) and a proactive member of the community of IP information specialists: AIDB president, former board member of the CEPIUG and PIUG member for more than 20 years.

Hanno Schombacher, DE, Examiner and Gérant, sector Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO Munich. He is Knowledge Manager, Search Expert and Newcomers and Examiners Academy instructor. He also presents for the European Patent Academy and at Knowledge Management conferences. Passed EQE in 2009.

Jenny Olausson, studied pharmacy at the Universität des Saarlandes. After a completing her PhD at the medical faculty of the Universität des Saarlandes, she joined the EPO in 2006 as an examiner in the field of second medical use. Since 2016, Jenny is a member of the Asian Patent Expert Group at the EPO and frequently giving presentations on Asian prior art related matter.

Joris van Lith, NL, Administrator Directorate Quality Audit, EPO The Hague. Obtained a PhD degree in integrated optics from Twente University. Joined the EPO in 2007 as an examiner. Coached many new examiners and is very active in knowledge sharing within the EPO. Current responsibilities include internal quality audits of search reports and grants.

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. 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 is responsible for facilitating access to and monitoring patent information from Japan, China, Brazil and other jurisdictions. She regularly gives seminars on Asian patent information.

Martijn Lantsheer, NL, examiner, Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO The Hague. Studied aerospace engineering at Delft University of Technology and is a qualified European patent attorney. Joined the EPO in 2012 as an examiner and is involved in search, examination and opposition.

Paula Larisa Patras joined the EPO in 2009. She has an electronics and telecommunications degree and background in network testing, technical pre-sales, product, and project management. As a patent examiner Paula worked in the field of wireless networks for over 12 years. She also acted as product manager of the EPO-internal non patent literature (NPL) acquisition tool. In 2020 Paula was selected deputy project manager for the IT Co-Operation Search project, and later in 2021 took over the project manager role. In 2022 Paula moved to the IT Co-operation Directorate and is currently fully dedicating to managing the IT Co-Operation Search project, bringing new search technology to the EPC contracting states.

Paul Schwander is Director IT Cooperation Partnerships overseeing IT and patent information cooperation activities with patent offices worldwide. Previously, he held various managerial positions including Director External Products and Services, and, Director Information Acquisition with the overall responsibility of delivering EPO search and patent filing services to external users and acquiring all databases used for prior-art search. After joining the EPO as an examiner in 1988, he was a EPO Liaison Officer responsible for patent information cooperation activities at the Belgian Patent Office and at the European Commission where he initiated an managed the IPR-Helpdesk. He is a Graduate in electrical engineering from CentraleSupélec (1985) and holds also a Patent Law degree from CEIPI (Center for International Intellectual Property Studies) (1994).

Pierre Held, FR, administrator, Directorate Prior Art and Classification, EPO The Hague. Pierre holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Strasbourg. He Joined the EPO in 1997 as a patent examiner and moved to Directorate Classification in 2004. He is a member of the EPO-USPTO bilateral Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) Joint Governance Board and of the Asian Patent Expert Group. As project leader of the CPC cooperation project under EPO's Strategic Plan, he manages EPO's international classification activities. Pierre is also a trainer and presenter at in-house and external events.

Robert Pötzsch, DE, examiner, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Chemistry, EPO The Hague. Studied chemistry at TU Dresden, Germany, and ENSC Rennes, France. PhD from the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden. Research stays at McMaster University Hamilton, Canada, and UC Santa Barbara, USA. Joined the EPO as an examiner in 2013. Experience in opposition. Passed the EQE in 2018.

Robin Hofe, DE, examiner in the Information and Communications Technology sector at the EPO, The Hague. Dipl.-Ing. Sound Engineering at the Graz University of Technology (Austria) and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield (UK). Joined the EPO 2013 as an examiner in speech processing.

Telmo Vilela has a degree in Law from the Law School of the University of Minho, in Portugal, and holds postgraduate qualifications in IP and Competition Law, Law and Genetics and Pharmaceutical law. In 2013 he joined the European Patent Office and in 2015 he was appointed Adviser to the President for Legal, International and Quality Affairs. He has been Principal Director Co-operation and Patent Academy since July 2019, overseeing all EPO's co-operation and external training activities.

Valérie Desbois has been working as an examiner for 18 years at the EPO in the Hague as well as in Munich in the field of electrolysis. She is gérant in C25B and C25C (production of compounds by electrolysis) and C23F13 (cathodic protection). She is engineer from the INP Grenoble (in electrochemistry, processes and material sciences).

Victor Veefkind is examiner and opposition chairman at the EPO, where he has worked in various technical areas in the chemistry/chemical engineering sphere. He is also a member of the Chief Economist Unit of the EPO, where he deals in particular with studies on green tech topics. In addition to a doctorate in chemical engineering, he holds an LLM in IP law. He was the founder of the Y02 classification for climate change mitigation technologies, and coordinator of the experts who initially built the Y02 classification.

Wolfram Meyer, DE, Examiner Biotechnology, EPO Munich. Studied in Freiburg and graduated in cellular biology at the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel. Made a postdoc at the Institut Suisse de Recherche Expérimentale sur le Cancer in Lausanne. Joined the EPO in 1998. Is a Coauthor of the book “Abenteuer Innovation” and the paper publication “Patents: a tool to bring innovation from the lab bench to the marketplace.” Wolfram is also the coordinator of the Continuous Knowledge Transfer team (CKT), in Munich of the sector Human Necessities, Biotechnology and Chemistry (HBC).

Yves Verbandt, BE, senior expert. Engineering degree in electrotechnics with major in applied physics. Ph.D. in photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 1996. Post-graduate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on cardiorespiratory physiology and telemedicine. Joined the European Patent Office in 2001 as a patent examiner in the fields of guided-wave optics, optical measurements and flow measurements. Since 2003 member of the Nanotechnology Working Group at the EPO as the nano-optics expert.

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Workshops

WS01

Retrieving efficiently valuable information from international patent office cooperation using Global Dossier and Common Citation Document

This interactive online workshop focuses on efficiently retrieving documents and information that have been cited by other intellectual property offices (e.g. IP5) for patent family members or similar applications. This information can be helpful in searches done in order to prepare the filing of an opposition or a new patent application, for example. To this end, the possibilities of Global Dossier and Common Citation Document will be explored together with the audience. The audience will be shown using practical examples how and what kind of valuable (sometimes hidden) information can be retrieved and how this information should then be understood. This source of information is of high interest for search professionals, because it can deliver further relevant documents for the underlying case and allows the search professional, for instance, to fine-tune their search and focus on other key features. Selected examples will be given from the field of green technologies.


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WS02

Search! Ansera presentation

Are you a Searcher or a Finder? Find out in this workshop.

SEARCH is a patent prior art search tool aimed at patent search professionals. SEARCH is the result of the EPO’s technology jump to a state-of-the-art patent search platform for patent examiners at the EPO and national patent offices. Currently being piloted by over 100 examiners in 10 EPC patent offices, the tool leverages the scalability of the cloud in future to deliver a service to around 2000 patent examiners.

At Search Matters 2021 we presented a first version of SEARCH. In the past year we have ported the software to the high availability Google Cloud Platform and upgraded it to incorporate the latest user interface developments.

At Search Matters we will present the current version of the SEARCH, show how the project has developed in the last 12 months and provide a glimpse of where we plan to go with this powerful tool.


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WS03

Use of design patents as prior art

Design Patents and Industrial Designs, hereinafter referred as Designs, are intended to protect the appearance, the aesthetic of products. In accordance to the European Patent Convention patents are granted to inventions in all field of technology and we do not consider as inventions, among other things, aesthetic creations and presentation of information. This may suggest that Designs are not suitable to be considered as a prior art document to challenge novelty and inventive step during the patent grant process. The analysis of EP searches revealed that examiners actively cite Designs as prior art as anticipating novelty and inventive step. Remarkable is the use of Designs as part of the “Problem Solution Approach” methodology to prove the obviousness of an invention. Designs are also used in Opposition Procedures.

The analysis of these cases showed that Designs are used to protect objects which one would not classify as having a high degree of “aesthetic”, e.g. rivet, hinge, brake disc but rather sheer mechanical. It seems also that Designs are not simply used as complementary to patents but it appears that they are used as a substitutive.

All this point out that a comprehensive patent prior art search must include also Designs but to do that one needs at least basic information about Design publications, classifications, databases and techniques to search them.


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WS04

Searchers and finders

In this presentation two extreme mindsets of a search examiner are worked out: the Searcher and the Finder. The approaches, advantages and disadvantages of each mindset will be discussed. Finally a way for obtaining the advantages of both mindsets within the same search is proposed.

The primary aim of the presentation is to make examiners aware of their own mindset, so that they don’t subconsciously mix both mindsets. The secondary aim is to encourage examiners to actively control their own mindset, resulting in an improved quality and efficiency of the search.


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WS05

Searching Chinese non-patent literature

Searching non-patent literature (NPL) is indispensable for questions of freedom-to-operate, patentability, opposition or validity. Not only do the majority of patent applications come from China, Japan and Korea (CKJ) but also a huge amount of NPL, most of which do not have full text in English , although more and more journals provide English abstracts. For this reason, there is no way around searching Asian NPL databases. This may seem like a very challenging task, as one has to find out which Asian language databases exist. There is also the concern that Asian NPL databases can only be efficiently searched using these Asian languages.

The aim of this presentation is to show how to lower the threshold for searching Chinese NPL for non-CJK speakers. Chinese NPL is taken as an example since it is a one of the major sources of Asian language NPL. We will show where to find information about NPL publishing activities for specific fields in Asia. The most important free-of-charge NPL Chinese databases will be presented, and we will give a short overview how to use them.

In addition, it is briefly shown how efficient and high quality search in Asian NPL at the EPO is achieved by cooperation between various experts in Asian documentation. Finally, you will learn how the EPO can support external researchers in their NPL searches.


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WS06

Finding relevant prior art in 30 minutes

The presentation will start with a discussion on participants favourite (different) public search tools and why it helps them find prior art quickly. Then the importance of being able to build up search strategies that effectively narrow down the search result will be shown, starting from an example. TFinally the workshop will comprise a guided group exercise in doing a search.


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WS07

Prior art cited from the internet

Over the last years, the number of citations relating to internet e.g. YouTube videos, Wikipedia and archive websites has significantly increased. Searching on the internet is often an efficient way for examiners and patent information professionals to find relevant prior art in the form of a pdf, a website, a video, and so on. In this workshop, general guidance will be provided as to the applicable legal framework regarding standard and burden of proof according to EPO practice. We will analyse the conditions under which these different kinds of prior art may be relevant and how to search each of them efficiently. We will explore ways of citing YouTube videos. A number of practical methods and computer tools for determining the publication date of an internet disclosure will be presented. The information and practical tips provided in this workshop will make you better equipped to meet the challenges posed by this particular type of prior art.


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WS08

Searching AI-related application in clean and green IP

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have re-gained enormous importance in the last decade. Applications involving AI and ML algorithms are mushrooming, with examples in clean and green IP ranging from understanding and tackling environmental challenges, over emission monitoring and classification, to immensely improving energy efficiency by optimising electric devices and operational processes in a vast variety of areas.

Searching such applications is challenging:

Firstly, AI/ML algorithms are essentially mathematical and computational methods. The patent classification system, being technology-based on the other hand, is difficult to use for mathematical methods per se. Secondly, a particular AI/ML algorithm may find applications in diverse technical areas ranging from chemistry to aerospace, which often necessitates an extensive search effort.Thirdly, when searching AI/ML methods, one is often confronted with the additional problem of how to search mathematical formulae or numerical algorithms. Finally, a major part of the prior art clearly resides in non-patent literature, which renders a systematic search difficult.

It is therefore essential to develop efficient search strategies using the World Wide Web, which are particularly adapted to such computer-implemented inventions (CII).

In an interactive presentation, with examples and case studies focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), we will develop search strategies tailored to deal with these challenges.


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WS09

Inventor teams and their interrelated patents

Beyond patent families, there are other closely interrelated patents and patent applications. Firms who wish to be active in a particular area of technology need to ensure that their products will not infringe existing patents or existing patent applications which might later be granted. This requires an adequate patent search to uncover all interrelated patents and applications. Frequently, these are from a single applicant, but often with multiple inventors, or networks of inventors, and concern similar, but not identical subject-matter. This workshop presents simple-to-use but effective techniques which anyone can apply, using inventor names to retrieve such related applications. Since for prior art searches, the inventor names can also be used to search for academic literature by the inventors as authors, techniques for finding related scientific articles will also be demonstrated. These techniques are based on ones used at the EPO to find similar applications at the pre-search stage, which have proven their value in widespread systematic use for over twenty years using tools the Office has developed. Examples from various fields of technology, including green technologies, will be presented using Espacenet. A novel use of figures in determining relationships will also be shown.


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WS10

Search matters? Search matters!

Applicants are not required to search the prior art before filing a patent application with the European Patent Office. However, knowledge of the literature and the market that exists in a field can help you understand the strength or weakness of an invention. A thorough search improves the credibility rating afforded to the patent application by investors and thus the chances of receiving funding. It gives you information about market potential by revealing other ideas. More generally, it can help you to determine whether or not to spend further time and money on an idea.

In this interactive workshop we will discuss the general importance of the search based on real cases, including an example from the area of low carbon energy technology.

You will discover that a good search does indeed matter!


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WS11

Access to clean and green IP in Japanese patent documentation, using classification and indexing

The purpose of this workshop is to optimise prior art retrieval of clean and green IP technology in Japanese patent documentation, via Japanese Fl classes and F-term indexing terms, alone and combined with keyword searches. Strategies are presented for efficient and complete searches in Japanese documentation using publicly available sources and search tools. The philosophy behind FI and F-term classification is explained.

The workshop is suitable for those who already have a basic understanding of classification, finding appropriate codes and using them in simple search strategies.

The workshop will include the following topics:

  • the underlying "philosophy" of the Japanese Fl classification and F-term indexing systems, and their concordance with the IPC
  • the dynamics of Japanese Fl and F-term systems relating to clean and green IP: amended and new schemes, reorganisation of existing classes/terms
  • publicly available sources for Japanese patent and non-patent documentation, with a focus on J-PlatPat
  • search engines, search syntax and search strategy for examples taken from clean and green IP.

WS12

Non-patent literature searches

On average, one in every five EPO search reports contains a non-patent literature (NPL) document citation, mainly from academic papers, while more than half of all search reports in chemistry and biotechnology cite non-patent literature. Hence, non-patent literature is essential for ensuring the quality of the EPO searches.

NPL is all the more important in high-tech areas such as genetic engineering and smart materials which are often incubated in academia and for which the “spin-offs” rely on our search report for securing further financing.

In this workshop, we will demonstrate searching dedicated internet search engines for academic publications and retrieving the full-text of the search results. Two detailed examples will be presented: one concerning genetically engineered microorganisms for waste disposal and one about smart skins for reducing the fuel consumption of aircraft.

The workshop will conclude with a discussion of additional subject-specific resources, recent developments in scientific publishing and a brief discussion on dates and public availability.


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Keynote speech

Responsible IP utilization in times of climate change

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Plenaries

Plenary 1:

Approaching 10 years of the Cooperative patent classification: where do we stand?

In this presentation we will give you an update on the Cooperative Patent Classification as well as some advance information on the new features we are currently working on. The focus will be on the services and products which are already or will soon become available to users. EPO’s external classification portal, AI-supported classification and classification for green technologies will also be covered.


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Plenary 2:

Clean and Green IP and how to find it

Green tech is a top priority across the globe, and innovation in green tech is key to achieving ambitious goals, such as zero carbon emissions in the medium term. Patenting in green tech has increased much more than in many other technical fields and is the subject of scrutiny for a variety of players, from governments looking for data to stimulate and steer innovation, to companies, inventors and investors. Green technologies get special attention at the EPO too.

In this presentation you will be guided along some of the things the EPO is doing to help you to navigate your way to relevant patent info in green tech, including some practical examples.


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Plenary 3:

Artificial intelligence for automatically assigning Y02/Y04

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Plenary 4:

Patent insight reports on electrolysers and hydrogen production

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Plenary 5:

IP5 offices achievements supporting search

Since its inception, the EPO has major cooperations with other patent offices worldwide. A large part of those activities are dedicated to patent information exchanges and the creation of common tools aimed at examiners and external users. This presentation will highlight recent IP5 achievements that benefit all patent information users (IP5 is a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world). It will also explore what further contributions cooperation activities will deliver in a near future.


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