ICIC 2013 Conference Proceedings Monika Hanelt Agfa

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Why networking organizations are so valuable in patent information - together we are strong
Monika Hanelt (Agfa Graphics, Belgium)
During this talk it will outlined why the patent information community needs networking organizations - national working groups as well as multinational organizations as PDG and Cepiug here in Europe. The Patent Documentation Group (PDG) is one of the oldest organization in this field and the patent information communtiy owes a lot to PDG and their working groups. Progress regarding data availability and quality due to this organization will be examplified. In recent years the networking of patent offices extended the range of patent information and improved the quality of data as well. A look on actual and future challenges will conclude.

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ICIC 2013 Conference Proceedings Monika Hanelt Agfa

  1. 1. Why networking organizations are so valuable in patent information together we are strong Monika Hanelt Agfa Graphics NV
  2. 2. Outline  Patent Information (PI) specialists: tasks and demands  Networking organization of PI esp. in Europe  Examples of Networking  Outlook ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 2
  3. 3. Patent information professional tasks Deliver comprehensive patent & NPL information to our customers The right information At the correct place In the right context NPL= non-patent literature ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 3
  4. 4. Demands of a corporate patent attorney to PI Provide reliable patent information for his freedom-tooperate assessment Provide patent information for evaluating validity of third party patents Statement made by B. Rauber, Patent Attorney, Hoffmann La Roche, Switserland Providing state-of-the-art information for filing of high quality patents which meet the patentability standards and which are held valid by a final court decision. ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 4
  5. 5. Requirements To fulfill this task we require: Accurate, comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date patent information & databases ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 5
  6. 6. Without networking organizations You are alone - surrounded by an ocean of information Where are shallows and depths? Gaps & incomplete data, delays in timeliness, lack of standardization Which speedboat allows to pass through the ocean? Databases, search tools ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 6
  7. 7. What’s your preference ? Or Alone Network Knowledge Networking*: A number of people, resources and relationships among them, who are assembled in order to accumulate and use knowledge primarily by means of knowledge creation and transfer processes, for the purpose of creating value. (*Towards knowledge networking: A Seufert, G Von Krogh, A Bach - Journal of knowledge …, 1999 - emeraldinsight.com) ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 7
  8. 8. European national PI user groups Why is Patent Information especially important in Europe? AGM, Germany AIDB, Italy BEPIUG, Belgium BPIP, Great Britain CFIB, France and French speaking parts of Belgium and Switzerland PATMG, Great Britain PIF, Denmark SIPIG, Sweden WON, The Netherlands and Dutch speaking part of Belgium ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 8
  9. 9. Worldwide PI user groups Europe: PDG – company based, open to European patent filing companies CEPIUG open to Patent Information User Groups in Europe America PIUG US based, open to all individuals in PI on the world Asia: JIPA – company based Japanese intellectual property organization Others? I-HIPP – company based Indian intellectual property organization ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 9
  10. 10. Networking organization : PDG Patent Documentation Group (PDG) – the long established organization Purpose and Objectives: Debate, discuss and stimulate improvements and new developments in patent information products Cooperation in patent information and documentation PDG Exchange knowledge and experience in all areas relating to patent information ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV Determine and communicate proposals to third parties involved in IP information 10
  11. 11. PI in Europe in begin 1950’s Priority date but missing application no. No inventor information No company address No abstract Foundation of PDG in 1957: 13 Companies united to share the burden of patent information (PI) work  Abstracting patent documents  Finding equivalents and creating ‘patent families’  Distributing the information between companies  Developing common indexing system ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 11
  12. 12. Achievements in PI 1960 - 2013  Derwent‘s Abstract db  International patent classification IPC launched  European Patent office  Inpadoc legal event db  WIPO/PCT  Online chemical sub structre searching  Markush structure searching  Patent fulltext db  Correction procedures at patent offices/vendors  Extension of Inpadoc coverage  Machine translation of patents started db=database Success story of PDG: involved in all these developments, via the PDG working groups ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 12
  13. 13. Networking in PI 2 Why is Patent Information especially important in Europe? Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups CEPIUG CEPIUG’s aim is to be a platform for cooperation between the Patent Information User Groups in Europe. Members: AGM, Germany PATMG, Great Britain AIDB, Italy PIF, Denmark BEPIUG, Belgium SIPIG, Sweden BPIP, Great Britain CFIB, France and French speaking parts of Belgium and Switzerland WON, The Netherlands and Dutch speaking part of Belgium ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 13
  14. 14. Networking in PI 3 • Identification of the requirements for being certified as a professional patent searcher. • Identification of a certifying body. • Development of examination papers. • First Mock exams in Europe and US PDG Certification Project CEPIUG ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV PIUG 14
  15. 15. Trilateral Co-operation (founded 1983) European Patent Office Japan Patent Office EPO Working together towards a sustainable patent system JPO United USPTO States Patent and Trademark Office ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 15
  16. 16. Significant achievements of Trilateral offices Paperless search Common system architecture Electronic filing Harmonisation of patent practices Common Patent Information Dissemination policies Exchange of Priority Documents ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 16
  17. 17. IP5 Co-operation (founded 2008) EPO JPO USPTO  Growing number of filings and pending applications  Impact on operation of the patent system SIPO KIPO Account for 90% of patent applications worldwide ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 17
  18. 18. Agreement of IP5 - Heads European Patent Office (EPO) Japanese Patent Office (JPO) United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO) “The elimination of unnecessary duplication of work among the offices, enhancement of patent examination efficiency and quality, and guarantee of the stability of patent rights". ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), 18
  19. 19. Success-story: Cooperative Patent Classification Consultation of user PDG : USPC ECLA PDG consultation at early stage PDG proposal of a "Classification Day" – 1. meeting in February 2013 was a great success. PDG questionnaire with feedback sent out to EPO PDG feedback after implementation direct to EPO management ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV PDG IMPACT's task force on CPC will continuously give feedback to the EPO 19
  20. 20. New Networking story: Global Legal Status Project PDG approached EPO and WIPO Patentscope Enhancing the coverage of legal status data & INPADOC Formulating a minimum set of data to be delivered by offices to central repositories (Inpadoc, Patentscope)  Task force for preparing a new WIPO standard started in April 2013 ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 20
  21. 21. Networking challenges in PI  Certification project  IP5  Patent Classifications  Global Legal Status  Patent Information Development ICIC Vienna 14-16.10.2013, Monika Hanelt - Agfa Graphics, NV 21

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