Distance learning, Germany
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 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
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.
Basic knowledge of patent search. Access to EPOQUE Net. Experience in use of EPOQUE Net would be an advantage. Good command of the English language, both orally and in writing.
Staff of the national offices of non-member states
The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24 from 15 April until the end of 2013.
The VC sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur), starting each at 09:00 h CET:
VC (1): 16.04.2013
VC (2): 07.05.2013
VC (3): 21.05.2013
VC (4): 18.06.2013
VC (5): 09.07.2013
VC (6): 30.07.2013
VC (7): 20.08.2013
VC (8): 17.09.2013 (new date!)
VC (9): 01.10.2013
In order to accommodate the different time zones, 3 to 4 live question + answer sessions will take place at 15:00 CET. Exact dates will be communicated in the course.
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.
European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Deadline for registration is over.