Systematic approach to patent search


Start: 26.05.2014
End: 01.08.2014


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This distance learning course has been designed for patent examiners at national offices. Participants will learn the basics of identifying the relevant parts of a patent application for search, they will learn how to build up an appropriate search strategy and coming to terms with the results received. Respective tool training will not form part of this course, since this forms part of other training courses offered by the Academy. Altogether six e-learning modules will be accompanied by virtual classroom session to allow for direct interaction with expert tutors from the European Patent Office.

During the sessions, the participants will have the possibility to communicate live with the experts and ask questions (see "VC guidelines for participants"). They will be recorded and released in the course.

The training will be delivered in three phases at the end of which participants will have to take a test. Certificates will be issued on successful completion of all three tests (at a passing rate of 70%).

Target groups

Staff of national patent offices of states which are not members of the EPO.

Level of expertise

Entry level


Online training


On completion of the seminar participants will  


During this distance learning course, participants will deal with:


Basic knowledge of patent search. Experience in patent search would be an advantage.

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. For the virtual classrooms, the EPO uses Cisco WebEX, so initially some WebEX software will be installed on your computer. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. For more information please see the "VC guidelines for participants" under "Downloads". In order to make full use of the VC sessions, we recommend to use headsets.

Seminar outline

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Venue details

The course will be hosted on the Internet, accessible 7/24 from 26.05. until 30.09.2014. Scheduled live virtual classroom sessions as follows (change of dates might occur). CEST = GMT +02:00:
VC (1): 28.05.14 at 09:00 am CEST
VC (2): 11.06.14 at 09:00 am CEST
VC (3): 26.06.14 at 09:00 am CEST
VC (4): 08.07.14 at 09:00 am CEST
VC (5): 22.07.14 at 09:00 am CEST


European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
80469 Munich
Tel. +49-89-2399-5256
Fax +49-89-2399-5449

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Registration deadline

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