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Schedule11 April 2022Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

European Commission and European Patent Office (EPO) co-organise annual conference of PATLIB centres

Participate in the open part of the annual conference of the more than 300 patent library (PATLIB) centres across Europe, which is jointly organised by the European Commission (EC) and the European Patent Office (EPO). To focus on the European policy context, they have joined forces for the virtual event on 12 May 2022. It is open to all professionals outside the network.

Understanding the patent landscape is key for R&I stakeholders who wish to valorise their research results. Patents are crucial for researchers and innovators to exploit their results, reap the economic benefits of their work and share it with society – as is the case for other Intellectual Property Rights. Stakeholders can seek support with patent information, searching and strategy by interacting with more than 300 patent library (PATLIB) centres across Europe.

The highlight sessions of this year's conference include:

  • Find out how the EPO and the EC partner on the topic of knowledge valorisation in Europe and seek to improve collaboration on the European, national and regional levels. The panel discussion ‘Shaping European knowledge valorisation’ focusses on the European Research Area policy agenda. The session aims to show the latest developments in the domain of knowledge valorisation. It will explore a common set of values and principles for knowledge valorisation, and their application in different research and innovation ecosystems.
  • Gain an understanding of how the introduction of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court will facilitate access to patent protection and provide better value.
  • Find out how innovators and innovating SMEs can access EIC and other EC financial support programmes and hear about success stories.
  • The session on best practices for intellectual asset management will give an insight into best practice cases in relation to intellectual asset management. This session will showcase concrete regional and institutional examples, including on how to improve access, sharing and use of intellectual assets.

Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Mr Antonio Campinos, President of the EPO, will participate in the opening session to launch the first day of the event.

Who can attend?

The event is open for all R&I actors including SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors, private inventors, IP service providers, business consultants, universities and technology transfer professionals. Join the event on Thursday 12 May 2022.

More information

Detailed programme and registration


Publication date
11 April 2022
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation