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The EPO Co-operation Programme to reorient patent information centres . 4 October 2010. Heidrun Krestel European Affairs, Member States. The European PATLIB network - 38 member states 340 centres (including information units of national patent offices). IS 3. FI 16. SE 1. NO 1. EE

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the epo co operation programme to reorient patent information centres

The EPO Co-operation Programme to reorient patent information centres

4 October 2010

Heidrun Krestel

European Affairs, Member States

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The European PATLIB network -38 member states 340 centres (including information units of national patent offices)

IS3

FI

16

SE

1

NO

1

EE

2

DK

1

LV

2

IE

1

GB

14

LT

5

NL

1

PL

27

DE

25

SK

5

BE

10

CZ

11

AT

8

LU

2

HU

4

CH

1

FR

28

RO

17

RS

1

PT

25

ES

25

BG

6

IT

61

TR

20

GR

4

MC

2

CY

1

LI

2

SI

3

HR

1

MK

1

SM

1

MT

1

AL

1

some characteristics
Some characteristics
  • PATLIB centres in Europe are very diverse in
    • attachment to national or regional supervising authorities
some characteristics1
Some characteristics
  • PATLIB centres in Europe are very diverse in
    • attachment to national or regional supervising authorities
    • size (staff, infrastructure)
    • user structure
    • services provided
    • funding
  • Main users:
    • small and medium sized enterprises
    • academic sector
traditional services library based
Traditional services (library based)

Reading room

Document delivery

Helpdesk

Basic search

services

challenges for patlib centres
Challenges for PATLIB centres
  • Not longer "monopolists" in providing patent documents (and information)
  • Patent information is accessible for everybody, often free of charge
  • Decreasing budgets in the public sector
  • Rapidly changing information technology
  • Changing user demands
  • PATLIB centres need to become providers of innovation support services
co operation programme to reorient patent information centres
Co-operation programme to reorient patent information centres
  • Objective:
    • Enable PATLIB centres to offer patent related innovation support centres mainly in the pre-filing and commercialisation phase of inventions
    • Sustainability of the services
    • Establishing networking relations with other innovation support institutions
  • Implementation procedure:
    • pilot project with a limited number of centres to test the concept
    • inclusion in the National Action Plans
    • after successful completion -> larger scale implementation possibly supported by the European Commission
selection criteria for pilot participants
Selection criteria for pilot participants
  • Sufficient staff resources (number and profile)
  • Adequate infrastructure and equipment
  • Willingness of the hosting organisation to guarantee the centre\'s funding during and after the pilot project
co operation programme to reorient patent information centres pilot project
Co-operation programme to reorient patent information centres (pilot project)

Project components:

  • Tools for
    • enhanced user support for searches (e.g. shared browsing)
    • patent analyses and visualisation of search results
    • development of patent strategies and patent portfolio management
    • evaluation of the economic potential of inventions
  • Modular training programme and e-learning tools
  • Coaching by staff from well developed centres already offering sophisticated innovation support services
co operation programme to reorient patent information centres pilot project1
Co-operation programme to reorient patent information centres (pilot project)

Accompanying measure:

  • Promotional activities for the services (awareness events, information material)
  • Fostering the collaboration with other (regional and national) innovation support institutions, e.g. chambers of commerce, EEN
  • Experience exchange between the pilot participants
roadmap
Roadmap
  • Approval of the co-operation programme by the AC end of October 2009
  • Nomination of candidates by the national offices
  • Selection of suitable pilot participants (18 centres from CZ, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, IT, LV, PL, RO, SK, TR)
  • Drafting the training programme
  • Establishing individual working plans
  • Adapting / acquiring relevant tools
  • Implementing the agreed activities
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of implementation activities
  • Project proposal to the EC
planned training modules in the pilot project
Planned training modules in the pilot project
  • Skills and tools for extended search services
  • Supplementary services emphasizing business use of patents
  • Operating a PATLIB centre in a business environment
sophisticated services business based to be provided
Sophisticated services (business based) to be provided

User training

Sophisticated search services

with interpretation

of results

Patent strategy development

Monitoring services

Patent clinics

Commercialisation support

Evaluation of economic value of IP rights

IP audits

funding of the project activities
Funding of the project activities
  • Cost sharing according to the EPO\'s co-operation policy with member states
  • List of eligible cost
    • Acquisition costs for tools necessary for carrying out the new innovation support services
    • Costs related to the preparation and production of information material on the services (e.g. brochures, leaflets).
    • Costs related to information and awareness events
    • Costs related to the participation in the training modules for the pilot project and the participation in the annual PATLIB conference
    • Costs related to establishing and maintaining networking contacts to other innovation support institutions
    • Costs for coaching by staff from advanced PATLIB centres
    • Costs related to the delivery of extended search services or patent statistic analyses upon presentation of an evaluation form filled by the client.
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