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Search Matters 2016

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Event for patent search professionals
8-10 June 2016
The Hague, The Netherlands

Search Matters is an annual event that not only showcases the EPO's patent search strategies and techniques, but also offers an unrivalled look behind the scenes at the Office. According to participants - many of whom are repeat attendees - it is more a "must-have" than a "nice-to-have".

In 2016, Search Matters will be held in The Hague. In a series of workshops, EPO examiners will show, for example, how they

  • go about their searches (e.g. on functional features)
  • handle Asian patent documents
  • use internet sources
  • decide when to stop searching.

One of the highlights of the programme, which covers a wide range of technical fields, is the chance for participants to talk to individual examiners "at-the-desk" and question them about how they search in specific technical areas.

The programme is rounded off by plenary lectures on searching, classification and notorious knowledge.

Who should attend

Patent search professionals from business, academia and IP firms.

Lectures and larger workshops of Search Matters 2016 are available as e-learning modules:

Search Matters 2016