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European Patent Office. Patent Information & Licensing. Paul Schwander EPO, The Hague. The Innovation steps. The European Patent Office. Innovation process: a simplified approach. Creation: inspiration from patent databases
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European Patent Office Patent Information & Licensing Paul SchwanderEPO, The Hague
The Innovation steps The European Patent Office
Innovation process: a simplified approach • Creation: inspiration from patent databases • Checking: What has been done earlier by whom? Valuation of an idea. • Protection: what protection can I get? • Exploitation: finding partners, valuation of my invention.
Case StudiesSearch examples and Basic Principles The European Patent Office
The more, the easiest principle • Example of an "always successful" search: the heated steering wheel
The easiness of a prior art search is proportional to the number of documents relevant to your subject that are contained in the searched collection.
The more the easiest • A manually rechargeable • cellular phone
Graphic representation of a search Irrelevant record Relevant record X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Retrieved results
Successful combination X X X X X X X X X X X X
To get out of a search dead end try to think lateral to find new concepts defining your subject.
New concepts • Refrigerating systems: F25 • Where can this invention be used? In developing countries = countr*
Specific patent searches are sometimes best conducted using both the information available on the Web and in patent databases.
Bear in mind • Combining WWW information with esp@cenetyields relevant results • esp@cenet reduces the distance to the information
Professional search tools: more statistical possibilities • Retrieving the basic patent protecting an active ingredient. • Using citation analysis. • Zantac=Ranitidine • Most cited patents in patents containing the term ranitidine.
Pushing tools to their limits: profiling a research organisation • IMEC: Interuniversity Micro Electronics Center • Staff: 1272 • 85% in R&DKnow the co-owners of their patent porfolio
IMEC has applied for patents with 1 431 IMEC INTER UNI MICRO ELECTR 2 54 IMEC VZW 3 24 UNIV GENT 4 19 UNIV BRUXELLES 5 14 KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV 6 8 CIT ALCATEL 7 8 UNIV LEUVEN KATH 8 6 UMICORE 9 5 IMEC INTERUNIVERSITY MICROELEC 10 5 IMEC VZW LEUVEN HEVERLEE 11 5 LORANET NV 12 5 UMICORE S A 13 4 APPLIED MATERIALS INC 14 4 DOW CORNING 15 4 EASTMAN KODAK CO 16 4 INTERUNIVERSITAIRE MICROELEKTR 17 4 KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL BRUGGE O 18 4 SIEMENS AG 19 4 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC
IMEC Inventors worked for?Hidden relations detection Patent assignees holding patents held by IMEC inventors IMEC Patents IMEC Inventors Patents held by IMEC Inventors
IMEC Inventors worked also for • 1 (110 IMEC INTER UNI MICRO ELECTR) • 2 32 SIEMENS AG • 3 31 KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV • 4 (17 IMEC VZW) • 5 16 CIT ALCATEL • 6 16 STEAG MICRO TECH GMBH • 7 15 INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG • 8 13 AGFA GEVAERT • 9 12 CFMT INC • 10 12 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC • 11 10 APPLIED MATERIALS INC • 12 10 CITIZEN ELECTRONICS • 13 10 FRANCE TELECOM
A common inventor: IMEC - France Telecom and STM... • AN - US28642702A • IN - JURCZAK MALGORZATA [BE]; ROOYACKERS RITA [BE]; AUGENDRE EMMANUEL [BE]; BADENES GONCAL [ES] • PA - IMEC INTER UNI MICRO ELECTR [BE]PN - US2003052355 A1 20030320 • IN JAOUEN HERVE [FR]; SKOTNICKI THOMAS [FR]; JURCZAK MALGORZATA [FR] • PA - ST MICROELECTRONICS SA [FR] • PN - US6713356 B1 20040330 • IN - SKOTNICKI THOMAS [FR]; JURCZAK MALGORZATA [FR] • PA - FRANCE TELECOM [FR]