What are PATLIBs
If you lack the time, resources or experience to dedicate to
patent searching or strategy, your local patent information centre can almost
certainly help. The PATLIB directory is available in our Single Access Portal.
At the PATLIB Summit in 2019, representatives of patent information ("PATLIB") centres from across Europe adopted a set of recommendations – in a document called the Porto Paper – aimed at boosting the EPO's support for the PATLIB network
More on PATLIBs
are often referred to as "PATLIB centres", standing for PATent LIBrary.
However, not all PATLIB centres are actually libraries.
are they located?
are over 300 patent information centres spread regionally across the EPO's
centres provide local access to patent information and related issues.
They are familiar with the local industrial, economic and business landscape, and
provide valuable services to entrepreneurs, SMEs, private inventors and students.
What services do they
Many PATLIB centre employees
are experienced patent search experts. They may also offer other patent
information services. These can include:
technology and competitor watches
advice on patent
centres can also provide practical assistance on other intellectual property rights.
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