Industrial Property Office

22.9.- Seminar: Information Sources in Biotechnology

A one day seminar about database resources available free of charge from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). Databases are prepared by the partners of the SLING project, particularly EBI, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and the European Patent Office (EPO).
The seminar will underline the worldwide cooperation among the bioinformatics institutes and patent offices allowing preparation of the most comprehensive databases with a worldwide coverage of scientific publications and of all the patent publications. 
The participants of the seminar will be given first-hand information about the most effective search approaches by the speakers of institutions directly involved in the preparation of the databases. Workshops are foreseen in the afternoon to accommodate the specific needs and questions of the participants. 
The seminar will highlight the volume and importance of the biotechnology information published in patent documents; we will explain how to effectively access this information in the free of charge patent database of the European Patent office (Espacenet).
A presentation of the patent system for non-specialists will be offered focusing on important questions of practical impact for researchers, for instance 
  • When to publish
  • When to apply for a patent
  • Problems to avoid
  • Benefits of the Patent Publication system
The seminar will take a place at the
Institute of Molecular Genetics
Videnska 1083, Prague 4