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1 European Patent Office European Patent Office Patent Information & Licensing Paul Schwander EPO, The Hague

2 The European Patent Office European Patent Office The Innovation steps The European Patent Office

3 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Innovation process: a simplified approach Creation: inspiration from patent databases Checking: What has been done earlier by whom? Valuation of an idea. Protection: what protection can I get? Exploitation: finding partners, valuation of my invention.

4 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Case Studies Search examples and Basic Principles The European Patent Office

5 The European Patent Office European Patent Office The more, the easiest principle Example of an "always successful" search: the heated steering wheel

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9 The European Patent Office European Patent Office 259 results

10 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Do not reinvent the wheel!

11 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Airbag garments: 179 Patents

12 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Drag reduction of ships by injecting bubbles: 887 patents

13 The European Patent Office European Patent Office The easiness of a prior art search is proportional to the number of documents relevant to your subject that are contained in the searched collection.

14 The European Patent Office European Patent Office The more the easiest A manually rechargeable cellular phone

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18 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Graphic representation of a search X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Retrieved results Relevant record Irrelevant record

19 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Successful combination X X X X X X X X X X X X

20 The European Patent Office European Patent Office To get out of a search dead end try to think lateral to find new concepts defining your subject.

21 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Think lateral

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23 The European Patent Office European Patent Office New concepts Refrigerating systems: F25 Where can this invention be used? In developing countries = countr*

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26 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Specific patent searches are sometimes best conducted using both the information available on the Web and in patent databases.

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35 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Bear in mind Combining WWW information with yields relevant results reduces the distance to the information

36 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Absence of evidence is no evidence of absence

37 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Absence of evidence

38 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Professional search tools: more statistical possibilities Retrieving the basic patent protecting an active ingredient. Using citation analysis. Zantac=Ranitidine Most cited patents in patents containing the term ranitidine.

39 The European Patent Office European Patent Office EPODOC under EPOQUE

40 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Cited 173 times (all family members)

41 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Cited 80 times

42 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Cited 80 times

43 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Velcro: cited 213 times

44 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Pushing tools to their limits: profiling a research organisation IMEC: Interuniversity Micro Electronics Center Staff: % in R&D Know the co-owners of their patent porfolio

45 The European Patent Office European Patent Office EPODOC under EPOQUE

46 The European Patent Office European Patent Office IMEC has applied for patents with IMEC INTER UNI MICRO ELECTR 2 54 IMEC VZW 3 24 UNIV GENT 4 19 UNIV BRUXELLES 5 14 KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV 6 8 CIT ALCATEL 7 8 UNIV LEUVEN KATH 8 6 UMICORE 9 5 IMEC INTERUNIVERSITY MICROELEC 10 5 IMEC VZW LEUVEN HEVERLEE 11 5 LORANET NV 12 5 UMICORE S A 13 4 APPLIED MATERIALS INC 14 4 DOW CORNING 15 4 EASTMAN KODAK CO 16 4 INTERUNIVERSITAIRE MICROELEKTR 17 4 KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL BRUGGE O 18 4 SIEMENS AG 19 4 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC

47 The European Patent Office European Patent Office IMEC Inventors worked for? Hidden relations detection IMEC Patents IMEC Inventors Patents held by IMEC Inventors Patent assignees holding patents held by IMEC inventors

48 The European Patent Office European Patent Office IMEC Inventors worked also for 1 (110 IMEC INTER UNI MICRO ELECTR) 2 32 SIEMENS AG 3 31 KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV 4 (17 IMEC VZW) 5 16 CIT ALCATEL 6 16 STEAG MICRO TECH GMBH 7 15 INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG 8 13 AGFA GEVAERT 9 12 CFMT INC TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC APPLIED MATERIALS INC CITIZEN ELECTRONICS FRANCE TELECOM

49 The European Patent Office European Patent Office A common inventor: IMEC - France Telecom and STM... AN - US A IN - JURCZAK MALGORZATA [BE]; ROOYACKERS RITA [BE]; AUGENDRE EMMANUEL [BE]; BADENES GONCAL [ES] PA - IMEC INTER UNI MICRO ELECTR [BE] PN - US A IN JAOUEN HERVE [FR]; SKOTNICKI THOMAS [FR]; JURCZAK MALGORZATA [FR] PA - ST MICROELECTRONICS SA [FR] PN - US B IN - SKOTNICKI THOMAS [FR]; JURCZAK MALGORZATA [FR] PA - FRANCE TELECOM [FR]

50 European Patent Office Legal Data: assessing the legal validity of a patent

51 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Case study n° 4 Looking for legal and statutory patent information using epoline services : The European Patent register Online File Inspection

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61 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Type of searches in the licensing context Valuation of a patent: state of the art, freedom to operate Statistical analysis: finding partners, profiling a company Legal searches: status of a patent

62 The European Patent Office European Patent Office Further reading SimplyPatent.com

63 European Patent Office European Patent Office Thank you


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