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Feinäugle Roland (European Patent Office, Austria)
A recent study commissioned by the EPO on the involvement of (patent) information in the innovation process in industry underlines the role of patent information in the various innovation stages. This result gives further impetus to the EPO's patent information strategy, aimed at supporting the economy by providing the access to a wealth of patent-related information, be it from its own patent granting process or its collection of worldwide bibliographic, legal status, procedural and full-text data.
In the presentation we highlight some key findings of the study and give an overview of the EPO’s patent information products and services. We will discuss how they can be used for technology-specific searches, for getting insight into the legal and procedural status of an application during and after its grant procedure, and for the statistical analysis of bulk data for business intelligence purposes. The talk covers the EPO’s free-of-charge Espacenet as well as our flagship product PATSTAT, both with a worldwide coverage. It also highlights the ever-improving European Patent Register and its accompanying services as well as our RESTful Open Patent Services.