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Comprehensive Techniques for Obtaining and Interpreting Legal Status Information

This series of webinars has been developed and is being presented by Stephen Adams.

Obtaining comprehensive and accurate Legal Status information is crucial for patent searchers particularly for Freedom-to Operate and effective evaluation of Intellectual Property acquisitions. Find out what constitutes legal status, use cases for needing it, where to find it, differences between multi-authority resources and national registers, PCT legal status and developing a deeper understanding of legal status.

The LIVE webinar series will provide an opportunity to ask questions and all sessions will be recorded to allow series subscribers to catchup on a missed session.

Introductory Video Describing the Webinars Series

Register for the complete series HERE by December 8, 2020 and receive one free session!

 Membership StatusSeries FeeIndividual Webinar Fee 
 PIUG Member $299 $99
 Non-member $399 $129

Reminder:  All webinars are being recorded so if the time is not during your normal business hours, you will be able to view each webinar usually within 24 hours of the 'live' session.  Slides will also be made available to all participants as well for later reference.

Webinar 1            9 December 2020; 11:00 EST/16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET

First steps in determining legal status

Webinar 1 is suitable for beginners to intermediate level search professionals unfamiliar with legal status information but also provides a refresher on the basic principles for more advanced search professionals

  • What is legal status? - you might already be using it without knowing
  • Limitation to patents and patent-like IP rights
  • Use cases for needing legal status information - there may be more than you think
  • Quasi-legal status from the bibliographic record - hold the front page
  • Reading and understanding some unfamiliar INID codes
  • Where to go next for dedicated sources

For more information or to Register for Webinar 1 only, click HERE

Webinar 2            20 January 2021; 11:00 EST/ 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET

Overview of source types for legal status information

  • Who generates legal status information?
  • Where do we find legal status information – different approaches
  • Registers and file inspection – what’s the difference?
  • Navigating information sources covering the IP5 offices
  • The WIPO Patent Register Portal
  • Other directories

For more information or to Register for Webinar 2 only, click HERE

Webinar 3            17 February 2021; 11:00 EST/ 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET

Deep-diving into Legal Status

  • Characteristics of PCT legal status information
  • Multi-country or national sources – which is best?
  • INPADOC revisited
  • Patent Office information from multiple sources – are they really equivalent? (INPADOC/Register, INPADOC/PAIR, J-PlatPat/INPADOC, etc.)
  • EPO Federated Register and deep-linking

For more information or to Register for Webinar 3 only, click HERE

Webinar 4            17 March 2021; 11:00 EDT/ 15:00 GMT / 16:00 CET

Interpreting Legal Status Records 

  • How do we understand what we find?
  • Sources of national patent law (in English)
  • WIPO-CASE and the IP5 One Portal Dossier
  • Navigating some non-English Patent Office registers
  • Legal status impact upon the bibliographic record (including non-IPO decisions)
  • When do we conduct a legal status enquiry?

For more information or to Register for Webinar 4 only, click HERE

 Any questions regarding this series should be addressed to PIUG at Admin@piug.org including the availability of group discounts for 5 or more.  Such requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.

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