Online Services Annual Conference 2006 organized by the European Patent Office

Munich/The Hague: The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced the Online Services Annual Conference which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 4-5 October 2006.

The event will show delegates how the EPO's Online Services are setting new technical standards worldwide in order to make the patent procedure more efficient, transparent, accessible and cost effective.

Around 400 patent professionals from all over Europe will discuss key developments in online patent management, information dissemination and the role of electronic communication in European innovation and R&D.

The conference will be of particular interest to patent applicants, attorneys, their administrative staff and others involved in the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

Press Conference:
Date: 4 October 2006
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Venue: Lisboa Congress Center, Praça das Indústrias, 1300-307 Lisbon, Portugal
www.lisboacc.pt
Registration for journalists: http://www.isc-europe.com/registration.php

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Media Contact:
Marta Czerniawska
ISC
Rue Wiertz, 50/28
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)2 401 61 47
Fax: +32 (0)2 401 68 68
Email: marta@isc-europe.com
http://www.isc-europe.com

For further information about Online Services Annual Conference, please contact:
Richard Schiettekatte
European Patent Office
2280 HV Rijswijk (ZH)
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 70 340 4083
Fax: +31 70 340 4237
Email: rschiettekatte@epo.org
http://www.epoline.org

Editor's note:

The European Patent Office (EPO) grants European patents for the contracting states to the European Patent Convention (EPC), which was signed in Munich on 5 October 1973 and entered into force on 7 October 1977. It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation, an intergovernmental body set up under the EPC, whose members are the EPC contracting states. The activities of the EPO are supervised by the Organisation's Administrative Council, composed of delegates from the contracting states. See http://www.european-patent-office.org

The mission of the EPO is to support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth for the benefit of the citizens of Europe. Its task is to grant European patents for inventions, on the basis of a centralised procedure. By filing a single application in one of the three official languages (English, French and German) it is possible to obtain patent protection in some or all of the EPC contracting states.

epoline®: is the brand name given to a number of electronic products and services developed by the EPO for the users of the European patent system. These products and services provide a secure, integrated environment for electronic communication between the EPO, applicants, their representatives and the national patent offices of the contracting states. Most significantly, epoline® services provide for on-line filing, fee payment and management of deposit accounts, file inspection, and Register enquiries. They offer major advantages over traditional, paper-based transactions in that they provide instant feedback in the form of status information and immediate confirmation of communications to the Office while reducing clerical work and paper handling costs. Online file inspection and the European register of patents are important tools for the interested public and have been designed to increase the visibility of the patenting process in general and the transparency of the European patent grant procedure. For more information see: http://www.epoline.org

esp@cenet®: the "database of ideas" is the European Patent Organisation's worldwide free patent information service on the Internet. It provides access, via a simple interface, to more than 60 million documents published by more than 70 patent offices world-wide. For some countries, database coverage goes back to the early 19th century. Specifically, esp@cenet® offers access to the documentation available to EPO examiners, including European patent applications, and PCT pamphlets published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. esp@cenet® is based on a network of servers and provides recent patent applications published by the member states, and also by non-member states and other regional patent authorities.

As an entry level service esp@cenet® has been designed and positioned to improve awareness of patents and patent information for the general public, but in particular amongst small and medium-sized enterprises and in the academic world. For more information see: http://www.espacenet.com/

The European Patent Organisation Member States: Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Switzerland; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Germany; Denmark; Estonia; Spain; Finland; France; United Kingdom; Hellenic Republic (Greece), Hungary; Ireland; Iceland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Lithuania, Luxembourg; Latvia, Monaco; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Sweden; Slovenia; Slovakia and Turkey.


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