epoline® - the way to monitor state-of-the-art technology


Introducing prior-art searching to students and young researchers at the University of Oxford

The European Patent Office has announced the outcome of the first epoline® and esp@cenet® workshops on prior-art search which took place at the University of Oxford in October 2005, giving students and young researchers a valuable insight into the use of online search tools to determine the state of the art in their particular field.

This pilot project introduced the students to epoline® Register Plus and WebRegMT by way of a presentation and live demonstrations, and familiarised them with basic search and monitoring options.

epoline® Register Plus gives access to bibliographic, procedural and legal status data on European patent applications. It also enables users to view the original published patent files online.

epoline® WebRegMT is the EPO's free Web Register Monitoring Tool. It can be used to monitor European Patent Register data and, if required, to receive e-mail alerts on any new developments in the European patent grant procedure for up to 250 cases.

The final, hands-on part of the workshops gave students the opportunity to try out the electronic services themselves and learn how to retrieve the desired documents quickly and easily.

To follow-up on the workshops, the participants were also introduced to Register Plus e-learning, available at www.epoline.org under "Tutorials".

The feedback given at the end of these workshops has encouraged epoline® to look at extending the pilot to a larger project in European universities next year.

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