March 23, 2010

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced additional details regarding its East Meets West 2010 forum to be held from April 21-23, 2010 in Vienna, Austria. As noted by the EPO (main forum webpage HERE), "Japan, China, and Korea are all among the five top patenting nations in the world, making Asia one of today's important innovation hubs," and "[f]or patent searchers worldwide accessing and understanding patent information from Asia has become a must." This forum is directed toward users of patent information who "need to know about the latest database offerings in the field of Asian patent data, are looking for an opportunity to meet experts from Asia and Europe, [and] want to gain new insights, share experiences or simply get inspiration from colleagues and other patent information users." Two training sessions will be held on April 21 (regarding classification matters and advanced features of free Asian patent databases), with an introductory session to be held on April 22 and a series of product presentations, discussion rounds, and a poster session on April 23. This will be the third East Meets West session hosted by the EPO.

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