The European Patent Office (EPO) actively supports the PATLIB network within the framework of its co-operation policy with the national patent offices in the member states. This support is tailored to the specific needs and requirements of the staff of the national offices, the patent information centres, and their end users. Each year the EPO spends € 10 million on supporting the dissemination of patent information in Europe.
Via the national offices, the EPO is able to provide:
Individual PATLIB centres may benefit from cooperation
programmes between the EPO and the national patent offices of the
states provided the PATLIB support is mentioned in the respective national action plan of their home country according to the rules of the new cooperation policy.
The PATLIB conference is an annual event which was established to provide a forum for the staff of regional patent information centres to communicate with one another and to work together on issues of common interest. In addition to providing information and training, the conference allows PATLIB staff to exchange expertise and to maintain and establish contacts throughout Europe.
The conference is jointly organised by the national office of the host country and the directorate Patent Information Promotion and Training at the Vienna sub-office of the European Patent Office.