Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New IPC for nanotechnology patents and inventions.

The International Patent Classification (IPC) system has added a new class for specific uses of nanotechnology structures. Steve van Dulken of the British Library Research Service has written about the new IPC (B82Y) in his blog which you can get to via the BL website or by putting 'Dulken blog' into the Google search engine.

Maria Lampert

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Skills and tools for search services for PATLIB centres

the European Patent Academy has opened on-line registration for a distance learning course on "Skills and tools for search services for PATLIB centres" (OD23-2011). 
Start: 15.07.2011
End: 16.12.2011


Distance learning, Germany

Organised by

Working language(s)



Distance learning - self-paced learning
Developed alongside the co-operation pilot project on reorientation of patent information centres in blended form, a substantial part of the training is delivered in form of distance learning. E-learning modules and regular virtual classroom sessions will allow participants to acquire new skills, consolidate and broaden existing know-how in prior-art search and enable them to advise more comprehensively their clients. The first distance learning part of the course offers participants tutored exercises as well as practical hands-on sessions that will be conducted by experienced PATLIB and EPO experts.

Target groups

PATLIB centres

Level of expertise

Entry level


Online training


Comprehensive e-learning modules on
  • identifying the technical problem
  • classification basics
  • patent applications
  • freedom to operate
Regular virtual classroom sessions on
  • gist of invention
  • invention and classification
  • Espacenet
  • patent classification
  • Depatisnet, NPL
  • interpretation of search results
  • practical case-studies
  • data export from Espacenet, visualisation of results


Optional training material will be made available in the form of e-learning modules and pdfs on the Academy's Learning Management System. There participants will also find all documentation and have a forum at their disposal for the exchange of information and experiences with participants and tutors.


After completion of the course you will
  • know how to find the gist of invention, how to associate invention with classification
  • have understood the functionalities of Espacenet, TACSY and IPCCAT and be able to apply appropriate strategies
  • be able to search in Depatisnet, non-patent-literature and be familiar with respective retrieval language
  • know the scope of "freedom to operate" searches
  • be familiar with the basic requirements for patentability
  • be able to draft an informative search report, based on the jointly agreed structure

Venue details

Distance learning course


European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Landsberger Str. 30
80339 Munich
Tel. +49-89-2399 5454



Registration deadline


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

British Library Business Bootcamp

The professionals: business bootcamp
Put together by experts and business owners, this two day bootcamp is designed specifically for sole traders in the professional services, from IT consultants, marketing freelancers to accountants. In times of recession, many people are setting up their own businesses, based on their professional skills.
The bootcamp will give you all the tools needed to grow your business beyond your existing client base. The content will be tailored to your key information needs based on the few questions that will be asked when booking.
This is an intense and effective way to spend your time which in the long-term will save you significant time and money. The content across both days covers all of the essential issues you are facing as a new business.
Along with practical exercises and inspirational presentations, you will receive a fact-file of research reports and guides to use afterwards. This information alone would cost in excess of £500.
The benefits of the bootcamp
• Meet with like-minded people

• Understand how effective networking can boost your business

• How to present a perfect pitch

• Best practice look at financial viable models

• Get information on professional service delivery from the experts

• Discover more about how to refresh your business plan

• Introductory guide to intellectual property

• Develop a strategy to carry your business forward.

Johnny Martin – get to grips with your finances with the no.1 small business numbers coach.
Nick Winton – understand how to grow your client base and potential profits with clever strategy and lead generation.
Rasheed Ogunlaru – how you can learn to ‘be your brand’ and grow your profile with effective networking.

Event details
Who should attend? Anyone running a business which provides professional services

Place: British Library Business & IP Centre
Cost: £125

Event dates
Mon 13 June 2011, 09.30 - 20.00.

Tues 14 June, 09.30 - 17.00

Thursday, June 2, 2011

PATLIB Llandudno Junction

Better late than never and with apologies to the team at PATLIB Llandudno Junction. Here are a couple of photos taken on 17th March 2011, the official opening of the new PATLIB.

L to R

John, Sadie, Nia and Dylan

UK Delegation PATLIB Conference 2011

The UK Delegation to PATLIB Conference attending one of the plenary sessions. We are all together third row from the centre in the bottom left of the photograph.

L to R; Stef Stephenson, Ged Doonan, Gail Mitchell, Chris Hunnings, Nia Roberts and Maria Lampert

PATLIB Conference 23 - 25 May 2011

The PATLIB Conference this year was a learning event with workshops, presentations, visits to various EPO departments and papers being presented in the plenary sessions.

The Conference concentrate on three main themes: "tools", "IP matters" and "patent procedure" and delegates were able to choose from practical presentations and an increased number of hands-on training sessions.

The PATLIB Conference Committee, of which I am a member, was responding to feedback from the 2009 and 2010 conferences where delegates requested more break-out sessions and hands-on training courses as well as a broader coverage of IP rights and news on patent policy. PATLIB 2011 is the first conference that has been adapted to address all of these requests.

The intention is that all even years 2012, 2014, 2016 etc we will have the PATLIB conference as we know it. Conference, in these years, will be held in a different member state and it will be very much a networking event.

In the intervening years, 2013, 2015 etc PATLIB Conference will be a 'learning event' and will take place at an EPO location.

This years learning event ran very well and the feedback we have had so far from the delegates is positive.

All of the presentations from the conference are now online and can be found at;

The representatives from PATLIB UK who attended were;
Chris Hunnings - PATLIB Plymouth
Nia Roberts - PATLIB Llandudno Junction
Gail Mitchell - PATLIB London
Maria Lampert - PATLIB London
Ged Doonan - PATLIB Leeds
Stef Stephenson - PATLIB Leeds

Chris, Nia,Gail, Ged and Stef will be writing up their notes from the workshops they attended and we will be circulating them to all PATLIB UK members.


Chris Brown Retirement

It was with great pleasure, and just a little sadness, that Stef Stephenson and I traveled to Manchester on 20th May to attend Chris Browns retirement party. We presented Chris with a gift from PATLIB UK, a Turquoise necklace and earring set , together with a spoof patent application put together by Ged. Both were greatly appreciated by Chris as were the cards containing the good luck messages from members of PATLIB UK.

Chris has always been a very a staunch supporter and active member of the network and did terms as Secretary and as Chair. Her support when I took over the Chair was invaluable and her presence at Conference and at the PATLIB AGM will be sorely missed.

Chris has asked me to pass on the following message to you all;

"I should like to express my gratitude to you all for the good wishes you sent for my retirement and the lovely gift - I will think of you whenever I wear them. My last day at work was made even more memorable by Maria and Stef who turned up just to make sure I was really going! The spoof patent, drafted by Ged, was the icing on the cake - he has definitely missed his way - should be writing for Private Eye.
I'm looking forward to emerging from the wallpaper stripping and decorating, which I'm currently in the middle of, in time for July 17th when I shall be doing a zip wire for a local charity over the waters in Salford Quays. If you would like to support or just have a laugh at the pictures afterwards this is the website The following day I shall be welcoming a Russian mother and child into my home for 10 days( assuming I have survived the zip wire relatively intact) as part of the Chernobyl Children's Project. So... fairly busy at the moment and then in November I'm hoping to visit my daughter who is travelling round Australia with her boyfriend. Quite a full year ahead to look forward to. Thanks once again to you all."

We wish Chris well for the future and just hope she remembers to hold on tight to that zip wire!