Venturing off the beaten track: Challenges of patent information from the Arabian countries
Jutta Hausser (EPO, Austria)
While it is now common practise to search East Asian patent information (i.e. Japan, Korea and China), patent application in the Arabian region is often still neglected. Even though the number of applications are not (yet) comparable with other Asian countries, especially in certain technical areas Arabian patent information should not be overlooked. This presentation will first sketch some patent trends and recent developments in the patent systems (GCC, Saudi Arabia, Egypt etc. ) before discussing the challenges for patent searchers like the availability of data, data coverage, how to overcome language barriers etc.