PATLIB2021 conference heralds enhanced support for innovators in Europe
The EPO held its
PATLIB2021 online conference on 18/19 May, with over 1 200 registered
participants and some of the leading technology transfer experts in Europe participating as
speakers. The event marked the launch of the EPO’s PATLIB 2.0 project, which aims
to enhance the network of over 300 patent information centres („PATLIB centres“)
spread across Europe.
„We want to make PATLIB a hallmark
for high-quality IP expertise,“ said EPO President, António Campinos, opening the
event. „It’s our hope that ‘PATLIB 2.0′ will boost IP support and
technology transfer even further by offering broad, high-quality services to
universities, research centres, inventors, and SMEs. We want entrepreneurs,
inventors, and many others to get the IP bug, and discover how patents can be a
source of commercial success.“
high-level panels, experts from the World Intellectual Property Organization,
European Commission, EPO, universities and technology transfer offices, as well
as industry and the legal profession, discussed intellectual property management
in light of COVID-19, the role of IP valuation in attracting private
investment, and the challenges of AI-generated IP.
The EPO’s PATLIB 2.0 project, focusing
on technology transfer and IP commercialisation through the network of patent
information centres in Europe, is being developed under the Office’s Strategic
Plan 2023. It takes place against the backdrop of the European Commission’s
Horizon Europe initiative, an ambitious investment programme to strengthen
Europe’s research and innovation landscape.
In the coming months each PATLIB centre will
be validated by the EPO, which is expected to provide a wide variety of
benefits: a comprehensive training schedule, a common collaboration tool and a
shared information platform that will be made available immediately. The
project will seek to use existing experts in the network as a primary resource
for training and mentoring.