Automatic Patent Analysis

Experts reckon that much of the technical information contained in patents is not available anywhere else, and that it contains around 80% of the worldwide technical knowledge.

However, patent information analysis is not easy: patent documents are abundant, lengthy and are written in very technical language. Thus, reading and analysing patent documents can be complex and time consuming. This is where the use of Automatic Patent Analysis (APA) can help.

This new fact sheet produced by the European IPR Helpdesk provides some useful tools and explains how to perform an APA, in order for researchers and SME to integrate patent information more easily into their activities.

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Patents for software? A new publication of the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) has released a new publication concerning the protection of computer-implemented inventions by patents. In this publication, the EPO explains the conditions for patent protection of computer-implemented inventions, why they benefit society and the EPO practice.

This new publication is available here.

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Viability of patent insurance in Spain

Litigation in the field of industrial property rights is often regarded as complex and costly, particularly with regard to patents. The availability of legal expenses insurances for patents could therefore make a difference to business.

With this in mind, the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE’s Institute of Insurance Science, with the support of the Spanish Patents and Trade Marks Office, sponsored a study on the viability of patent insurance in Spain. This study aims at establishing in particular whether insurance can make patenting more accessible to companies.

To read this study, please click here.

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The European Patent Convention: 40 years promoting a European market for innovation and technology

Last week, the European Patent Office celebrated the 40th anniversary of the European Patent Convention (EPC).

"After forty years, we can say that the EPC, which created the European Patent Office, has provided the ground for building a real success, not only from a technical point of view but also in its European and political dimension," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli.

According to the EPO’s data, patent applications filed have grown dramatically, from 4 000 in 1978 to round 260 000 in 2012. However, as Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council noted, new challenges are on the way since "the unitary patent marks the end of a forty-year odyssey and opens new horizons for European entrepreneurs".

For further information on the celebrations, please click here.

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New OECD report on Intangible Assets

In the new report Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concludes that investment in knowledge-based capital (KBC) increases growth and productivity.

Knowledge-based capital (KBC) “results from business investment in non-physical assets such as R&D, data, software, patents, new business models, organizational processes, firm-specific skills and designs. “ According to this report, intellectual property rights (IPR) is an increasingly important condition to invest in knowledge-based capital (KBC), but “IPR rules have not always kept pace with technological change”.

To read this report, please click here.

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Better conditions for patenting for Lithuanian inventors

An agreement between Lithuania and the European Patent Office (EPO) has been signed on October 9 in Vilnius. Lithuania has been provided with simplified conditions for using EPO sources for checking the patentability of inventions claimed in national patent applications. It is expected that the quality of inventions should increase due to improved and financially more attractive patentability checking.

More information can be found here.

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Co-operation of the EPO with Russia and the Eurasian region intensifies to overcome language barriers in patent information

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced the start of two joint initiatives with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO).  

Recently, these organisations launched the Russian-English tool of the EPO's service Patent Translate, which will make Russian-language patent documents available in English free-of-charge via Espacenet. This improvement of the Patent Translate service is expected to benefit in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research institutes.

The EPO and Rospatent also signed an agreement according to which Rospatent agreed to classify its newly published patent applications into the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) used at the EPO.

According to EPO President Benoît Battistelli, "these initiatives are major steps forward in improving access to information on new technologies and harmonising our patent systems, which will boost innovation in Europe and beyond."

For further information, please click here.

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IP5 offices agree on joint PPH pilot programme

The world's five largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) - the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - agreed to launch a comprehensive IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme as of January 2014. The programme will utilise both PCT and national work products and will improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications. The PPH arrangements currently operational between the IP5 Offices will be integrated in this all-inclusive scheme.

Details and requirements for participation in the IP5 PPH pilot programme will be announced soon on the IP5 website.

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Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court: webinar on the latest developments

Some weeks ago the European Patent Academy organised two public webinars concerning the developments on the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court. Both of them included a Q&A session held by an EPO expert.

In case you missed these webinars, you can find on the European Patent Office’s website the recording of the latest webinar as well as additional information such as the PDF version of the presentation used and the link to the EPO web page on the topic.

The webinar is available here.

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