They are often referred to as "PATLIB centres", standing for PATent LIBrary. However, not all PATLIB centres are actually libraries.
There are over 300 patent information centres spread regionally across the EPO's member states.
PATLIB 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.
Many PATLIB centre employees are experienced patent search experts. They may also offer other patent information services. These can include:
PATLIB centres can also provide practical assistance on other intellectual property rights.