In house training

To improve your skills in searching for patent information, Patent Information Services provides several in-house training courses. The duration of the courses will be 4-8 hours depending on the needs. The in house patent information training courses can be focused on different objectives, which are explained in more detail below:

Searching free online databases

This course gives an overview of available free sources for Patent Information on the Internet. Special attention is given to the coverage and limitations of these systems. In this course you learn to decide whether or not professional support is needed for a specific patent search.

Use of classifications in patent searching

Insight is given into the different patent classification systems like CPC, IPC, US-class and Japanese F-terms. Ways to find and use the correct classifications are discussed. After this course you are able to successfully use classifications in combination with keywords for patent searching.

Searching Non-Patent Literature (NPL)

For novelty and patentability research, the non-patent literature is an important source. An overview is given how to find relevant information in the NPL. After this course you are able to decide when a search in the NPL is necessary and how to perform a NPL search.

Legal Status information searching

Accessing patent registers for retrieving legal status information is often difficult, mainly due to the different formats and languages. Guidelines are given on how to overcome these issues. After this course you are able to perform the most common Legal Status searches in the national registers.

Freedom to operate searching (FTO)

A detailed explanation is given on the background for performing Freedom To Operate searches and best practices of FTO searching are discussed.

Successful opposition searching

This course is focused on opposition searching and the best practices in opposition searches. Special attention is given to the granting procedure at the EPO.

Advanced patent searching

This course teaches how to build advanced patent search strategies, how to perform these patent searches and how to handle the search output.

Special requests

Patent Information Services can cover topics of special interest on request. Please contact us for more information.