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Monday, 6 November 2017

10.00 - 13.00 hrs

Training 1: Patent analytics
Training 2: Searching and monitoring in Espacenet
Training 3: Understanding patent families

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 4: Citation analysis and OECD patent quality indicators
Training 5: Boolean and beyond - command line searching in EPO tools
Training 6: Legal event data: seeing the trees in the wood

17.00 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
An in-depth look at the European Patent Register
Yolanda Sánchez García, EPO

Discussion round 1
Is white spot analysis increasingly important in today's patent information work?

Discussion round 2
Freedom-to-operate: what does the client expect from the patent searcher?

Discussion round 3
Accessing court decisions on patents – what are the best resources and how does ECLI help?

Discussion round 4
Monitoring and alerting – what are today's unanswered challenges?

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
New Espacenet is coming

Roland Feinäugle, EPO

Discussion round 5
Legal event codes and the WIPO standard on legal status data for patents: quo vadis?

Discussion round 6
Patent information in the innovation process – role of the patent searcher?

Discussion round 7
Are visual analytics the next breakthrough in big data?

Discussion round 8
Patent evaluation tools – an exchange of views

12.00 - 13.30 hrs


13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

15.00 hrs

Coffee break

15.30 hrs

Official opening

hosted by Nikol Stankulova

Welcome addresses by

  • Emil Karanikolov, Bulgarian Minister for the Economy
  • Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office 
  • Petko Nikolov, President of the Bulgarian Patent Office

Keynote speeches
Advanced ICT for innovation in priority areas
Dimitar Karastoyanov, Professor, Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Bulgarian Academy of Science

Our profession in control of its own future
Dietmar Pressner, Global Vice President for Intellectual Property, Royal DSM N.V.

19.00 - 23:00 hrs

Conference dinner:
Central Military Club
Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd 7, Sofia

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

09.00 - 10.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

10.00 - 11.00 hrs

Richard Flammer, Principal Director, EPO

EPO product news
EPO's expert team

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 hrs

How patent information supports innovation – a recent survey by the EPO
Heiko Wongel, EPO

Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court – what patent searchers need to know
Yolanda Sanchéz García and Hans-Christian Haugg, EPO

12.30 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs

Linking patent data with other data sources
Ilja Rudyk and Geert Boedt, EPO

Linking patent with science data for collaboration spotting, a generic visual analytics platform developed at CERN
Jean-Marie Le Goff, CERN

Competitive analysis of IP professionals based on patent data
Lutz Maicher, Fraunhofer IMW Competitive Intelligence 

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Challenges and opportunities of multimedia information retrieval 
Stefan Rüger, DynAikon Ltd and Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK

Machine translation: searching and understanding the world of patent information
Ian Wetherbee, Google

Enriching patent search by external keywords: a feasibility study
Galia Angelova, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

“As we may search” – the impact of technical change on the role of the human searcher
Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd

Thursday, 9 November 2017

09.00 - 11.15 hrs

Patent searcher and patent attorney – an inseparable team
Andreas Feichtner, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Dead, alive – or in the twilight zone? How to search and interpret information on the status of Asian patents
Jürgen Mühl, EPO

How Chinese patent information supports innovation

Xu Zhijiang, Assistant Commissioner, SIPO
The latest developments of the CPC in China
Lu Huisheng, Patent Documentation Department, SIPO

So many references, so little time – freedom-to-operate opinions and China’s avalanche of patents
Thomas Moga, LeClairRyan Attorneys

11.15 - 11.45 hrs

Coffee break

11.45 - 13.00 hrs

Summaries of the discussion rounds by the chairmen

A personal view of the conference by the conference rapporteur
Linus Wretblad, Uppdragshuset and outgoing President of the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG)

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2018

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 7: Patent information from the ASEAN region - Patent systems, search and documentation
Training 8: The European Patent Register as a source of legal status information

Super-workshop for power users