Pre-filing searches and consultancy services for local IP centres


Start: 04.11.2013
End: 20.12.2013


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This self-paced course aims at improving the searching skills and knowledge of local IP centres and libraries, with a view to carry out pre-filing searches for their clients or users and on this basis to advise them comprehensively on potential patent filing or freedom to operate.

The course is based on distance learning material, tutors will be joining in at local level, in almost each country. The European Patent Academy hosts the materials on-line and creates the course room where all participants can interact. An EPO expert will occasionally conference with the tutors to solve any questions that may remain.


Patent procedure and application tools
IP and innovation management
Patent documentation and information
IP awareness and education

Target groups

Staff of local IP centres/libraries of EPO non-member states.

Level of expertise



Online training


Once successfully completed, participants will
know how to find the gist of invention, how to associate invention with classification
have an overview of freely available search tools and be able to apply appropriate strategies
be familiar with the basic requirements for patentability
be able to draft an informative search report in structured form


The distance learning course will explain in detail the following main topics:
Understanding the technical problem
Search and classification
Reading and interpreting search results
Collating the results in an informative search report


A balanced mix of theory and practice providing for interactive discussions with the local tutors and an online forum will help to generate new knowledge, clarify open questions and allow for immediately putting into practice the acquired know-how.


Participants must be employed by an IP centre or library or alternatively a staff member and/or nominated by a national IP office. A good command of spoken and written English is required.

Technical requirements:

In order to attend the on-line course participants need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection.

Seminar outline

Estimated working time:

about 1,5 h for e-learning module
about 3 h for case study / assignment

Venue details

The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24 from 4 November 2013 on.


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

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Registration deadline

Deadline for registration is over.