This presentation considers the explosion in the Asian documentation (with key facts and figures) and the challenges that this generates in the IP World. It also details how the EPO is proactively adapting to keep ahead of these challenges. The main areas of focus are:
identifying the major areas for investigation
acquiring the various types of Asian documentation
developing state of the art tools to efficiently search in the Asian documentation
work done on various translation possibilities • accessing the work done by the various patent offices
training examiners and keeping their knowledge bang up to date
It culminates with facts and figures which show how the EPO has progressed in bringing the Asian documentation into the daily search and examination work of examiners.