Presentation of Georg Schiwi, Documentation Information Manager at the European Patent Office.
The EPO holds one of the largest digital repositories of public knowledge in the world. This vast store is accessed daily by thousands of users and its usage is constantly increasing. Each year about 40 Terabytes, the equivalent of 40 million books, are downloaded from the EPO search collection both by internal and external users. This figure is a perfect illustration of EPO‘s unique contribution to the knowledge economy. The presentation will give an overview on the patent and non-patent collection that is used by examiners for prior-art search. In a second part, the move from a paper documentation collection to an electronic one and the particular challenges in this process will be outlined.