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Activities of the European Patent Office Jeremy Philpott WIPO - ICC, 16 September 2008
Contents Introduction to the European Patent Office Introduction to the European Patent Academy Innovation Support ip4inno EPO PD 51 - International Co-operation
The European Patent Office Our mission As the patent office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention. European Patent Convention covers 34 member states European Patent Office
The European Patent Office Filed applications Munich3 514 The Hague2 579 Berlin283 Vienna119 Brussels4 Total6 499 Around 60% are patent examiners Staff (Dec 2007) European Patent Office
European Patent Academy Founded in 2005; based in Munich Promotes and supports patent-related IP training in Europe Works in partnership with national patent offices, WIPO and other agencies
European Patent Academy - audiences Innovation Support - business advisors et al Academia - university staff & students / TTOs Patent Professionals - EQE Judicial training - judges and litigators Institutional Strengthening - NPOs et al Materials, Media & Technology
Innovation Support Seminars & Workshops "Inventors' Handbook" - online "Handbook of European Intellectual Property Management" - publication
ip4inno - basics European Commission project, from 1 January 2007 to 31 December million Objective is to train business advisors & TTOs in IP topics, who in turn will train other advisors and SMEs Seven work packages Nineteen consortium partners (institutions)
ip4inno – consortium partners European Business and Innovation Centres Network CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg FUNDITEC, Spain IWT - Flanders Fraunhofer TEG IEEPI, Strasbourg METU - Technopolis, Turkey Fundación EOI, Spain Universidad Politécnica de Madrid University of Alicante European Patent Office Hungarian Patent Office Portuguese Patent & TM Office National Board of Patents & Registration of Finland Spanish Patent Office INPI, France State IP Office of Croatia Turkish Patent Office Danish Patent Office
WP1 WP2 WP4i MS WP3 WP5WP6WP7WP4ii MS = Input from member states WP1 = General Admin WP2 = SME survey WP3 = Web platform WP4 = (i) harvest material WP4 = (ii) create modules WP5 = Train trainers WP6 = Pilot training WP7 = Evaluation
ip4inno – Work Packages and Leaders WP1General administration, budget management etc. EPO (PD 5.1) WP2European survey of SME needs. IEEPI 1 WP3Web-based platform for the training materials developed in WP4. EPO (PD 0.8) WP4(i) Harvest existing IP training material from the member states; & (ii) create teaching modules therewith. EPO (PD 5.4) WP5Use material to train trainers; 40 events (each of 1-3 days) in 20 countries. EBN 2 WP6Pilot training programme to prove that those trained in WP5 can train others effectively. HPO 3 WP7 Evaluation. University of Alicante 1
WP4 (ii) Module Topics Day One Industrial Prop.Day Two Unregistered IP module 1A Patent basics - abstract, description, drawings, claims, - filing, search, publication, examination "A" & "B", grant, renewals - National; EPO; PCT; costs - role of the patent attorney - Utility models; Plant varieties module 2A - copyright: what it does and does not protect; infringement; collective licensing societies - database right - software - "reputation" and common law trade marks - unregistered designs - semiconductor topography right module 1B Other Industrial Property - trade marks, RTMs, OHIM, Madrid Protocol, PGIs; domain names - Designs, OHIM module 2B "Soft IP" - Know-how, trade secrecy, confidentiality - Restrictive covenants - "First Mover Advantage" - "business methods"
WP4 (ii) Module Topics Day Three - Patent InfoDay Four - commercialisation module 3A - technical information - commercial intelligence - classification schemes - decision-making - patent-mapping - different database providers module 4A - licensing-in & -out - contracts; ownership - spin-outs - selling & buying technology - valuing IP; accounting for IP - patent strategies module 3B Espacenet Tutorial - ECLA; IPC ed.8 - keywords; searching - interpreting results module 4B Building a business - drafting a business plan - sources of finance - marketing innovation
WP4 (ii) Module Topics Day FiveDay Six module 5A Enforcement - Mediation and ADR - Litigation; infringement & revocation - counterfeiting & piracy module 6A Issues by Sector - Software & telecomms - Biotech - Creative industries module 5B Problem Workshops - several fictional IP problems in a business scenario to test the knowledge of the audience module 6B How to get IP information, awareness and training to SMEs. "Selling the message"
PD 51 - International Co-operation Supports a range of projects, bilateral and multilateral, with other countries. Some work with current and future member states of the European Patent Organisation (e.g. expansion of INPI's "Pre-diagnostic") Other projects, e.g. "Trilateral" (EPO, JPO & USPTO); and with China.
Thank you for your attention Jeremy PhilpottEuropean Patent Academy Patent Office www.epo.org