EPOQUE Net: The art of efficient searching


Start: 11.02.2013
End: 31.12.2013


Course is fully booked!


Distance learning, Germany

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This distance learning course has been designed for patent examiners at national offices and comprises a series of ten virtual classroom (VC) sessions on the use of EPOQUE Net. These virtual presentations are embedded in an e-learning course which also comprises additional practical exercises. The VC sessions are live and scheduled for every second Wednesday of the month. They will help to broaden skills of EPOQUE Net users at national offices. Tips and tricks on efficient use of the EPO's professional patent search tool will be brought to participants by experienced EPO examiners. Features of eventual new roll-outs will be included in the course.

During the VC sessions, the participants will have the possibility to communicate live with the experts and ask questions (see "VC guidelines for participants"). The VC sessions will be recorded and released in the course. Each one takes approximately 1 - 1,5 h. See dates under "Venue details".

Topics will include a.o.:

• Introduction to EPOQUE Net and getting started
• Important databases in EPOQUE Net, concepts
• Proximity operators and truncation
• Patent families: fami/refi, help
• Classification, CPC codes
• Recap on basis of a concrete example
• Synonyms, other classification schemes and a few truncation operations more
• X-Full 
At the end of this course, participants will have a good understanding of EPOQUE Net and its databases, query language and preparations. Participants will be able to use EPOQUE Net for the performance of their search tasks as examiners.

Target groups

Staff from national offices of the EPO's member states

Level of expertise



Online training


Participants must be experienced in the use of EPOQUE Net and preferably search as well, and have a very good command of English, both orally and in writing.

Technical requirements: In order to join the virtual classrooms, participants will not need to upload any additional software. They simply need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. For more information please see the "VC guidelines for participants" under "Downloads". The use of headsets is recommended.

Venue details

The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24 from 11 February until the end of 2013. The VC sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur), starting each at 11:00 h CET:

VC 01: 13.02.2013
VC 02: 13.03.2013
VC 03: 03.04.2013
VC 04: 08.05.2013
VC 05: 12.06.2013
VC 06: 10.07.2013
VC 07: 07.08.2013
VC 08: 11.09.2013
VC 09: 09.10.2013
VC 10: 13.11.2013


European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Erhardtstr. 27
80469 Munich
Tel. +49-89-2399-5256
Fax +49-89-2399-5449

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Registration deadline

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