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

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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


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