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EPO Outlines Advantages Of New Patent Information Policy

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

18 October 2007


EPO Vice President Curt Edjfäll has this week outlined how the European Patent Office's new patent information policy will make patent documents more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises.

In a speech to the EPO Patent Information Conference this week, Mr Edjfäll revealed that "ensuring barrier-free public access to the information contained in patent documents" is a "key element" of the new patent information policy, which was approved by the EPO's Administrative Council in June.

"I would like to see an emphasis on making patent data understandable, and on removing any remaining barriers that exist for those needing access to it," he told the conference.

He went on to outline five areas that the Office would focus on in the coming years, namely:

  • Supporting patent information activities in the member states;
  • Providing industry with barrier-free access to the information contained in patent documents, including Asian documents;
  • Facilitating high quality patent applications through better access to data;
  • The development of new tools for less experienced searchers; and
  • Information and training activities

"The idea behind it is that we start removing some of the obstacles that currently hinder the best possible access to patent data for industry in Europe, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and research centres, industry and bodies involved in filing patent applications, granting patents and disseminating patent information," Edjfäll concluded


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