Search Matters 2019: Insight for searchers and patent information professionals focuses on AI

Search Matters 2019: Insight for searchers and patent information professionals focuses on AI




The EPO has held its annual Search Matters conference at its headquarters in Munich. The three day event, which has run for 31 consecutive years, offered training to patent search professionals from around the world. The programme focussed heavily on search strategies and techniques used by the Office. The event was multi-faceted and comprised various learning formats, including at-the-desk sessions, interactive workshops as well as plenary lectures provided by EPO examiners and external experts. For the first time in the history of Search Matters, the programme featured a panel discussion that delved deeper into artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications in searching. As with past editions, this year’s programme kicked off with at-the-desk sessions, in which participants worked one-to-one for half a day with an EPO examiner in a pre-selected technical field of their choice. These sessions provided a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how an examiner performs a search in a specific field while giving valuable behind-the-scenes insight. The workshops and lectures covered the challenge and complexity of searching in a wide spectrum of fields such as automotive, chemistry and ICT, with a particular focus on AI. Participants were able to take a closer look at the impact of AI and blockchain on searching, as well as learn more about general search strategies, Asian prior art, the CPC classification system and search tools such as the new Espacenet and WIPO’s Patentscope.


People watch

It is lucky for Chen Jun to began his career in the IP industry 14 years ago when the first group of IP managers for businesses appeared on the stage in China and he has been in the industry.

It was this “Whampoa Military Academy” for IP that educated China’s first batch of corporate IP management personnel. Many of these engineers left Foxconn in the years since.