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Patentability and State-of-the-Art Searching Training Course

A comprehensive and practical two-day seminar covering the key aspects of patentability and state-of-the-art searching.

Customised in-house training course

The content, presenters and format of this course are customised to your requirements.

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Course overview

The world of patents and state-of-the-art searching can be a minefield if you’re not fully up to date with latest practices and technologies. This practical course will take you through the processes of defining, instigating and completing a state-of-the-art search in relation to patents.

From understanding the range of databases available, choosing a data collection and defining your search scope, right through to completing the search and evaluating the results, the expert trainers will give you all the insights you need to avoid costly pitfalls. They will make sure you are up to date with new technologies and offer guidance on monitoring patent families. This is a must-attend, value-rich event for all those involved in state-of-the-art searching.


Who should attend?

  • All those working in IP or patent information or patent engineer roles either in industry or legal businesses, including:
    • IP managers
    • Patent research specialists and analysts
    • Patent attorneys
  • R&D scientists and engineers wanting to ensure they are not ‘re-inventing the wheel’
  • Customer service and training representatives in the commercial information provider community who want to know more about what their customers do with patent data
  • All those wanting to consolidate and enhance their skills in searching


Stephen Adams (More...)

Stephen Adams is Director of Magister Ltd, a patents documentation consultancy and training service. For a number of years, he worked as a technical information searcher in the field of food science at the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food. Following a period as editor of ‘International Packaging Abstracts’ at Pira International, he moved to ICI Agrochemicals (later Zeneca Agrochemicals) to become their principal patent searcher. He founded Magister Limited in 1997. Between 2002 and 2006, Stephen served as the first non-US ‘Director at Large’ for the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG Inc). In 2014, he was re-elected as Vice-Chair of the same organisation. In May 2008, he received a Special Recognition Award from the PIUG. He is also on the editorial board of ‘World Patent Information’, the international journal for industrial property documentation, information, classification and statistics. In 2012 Stephen was named as the IPI-Award recipient by the Selection Board of the International Patent Information Award for that year. He is the author of ‘Information Sources in Patents’, as well as numerous publications and articles.

Jane List (More...)

Jane List has run her own business, Extract Information Limited, providing consultancy, search services, and training, all with a focus on commercial uses of patent information, since January 2013. Prior to this Jane worked on both sides of the information business – the commercial information provider side, in content development, product management, commercial strategy and training roles, and in industry in technology consultancy, and science focused organisations where she was responsible for IP matters, scientific, technical and market information. She teaches on commercial searching including patent landscaping and state of the art searching and reporting in the UK and The Netherlands. She has a BSc, MRSC in Chemistry; MSc in Information Science and Cert. in Intellectual Property Law. She has published papers and spoken at global conferences on patent information matters, and is an active member of PATMG, PIUG and BPIP, professional patent information user groups. In July 2014 she became co-Editor in Chief of ‘World Patent Information Journal’.


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This course can be customised to meet your requirements, and delivered to your colleagues at your location or online. For more information, call us on +44 (0)20 7749 4730, email us at inhouse@management-forum.co.uk or contact us below:

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Training options

Public course dates

We can deliver and customise this course for any number of attendees, at your location or online. But if you have fewer colleagues, this course is running publically on:

  • 23-24 Feb 2021
  • 2-3 Mar 2021
  • 5-6 Oct 2021
  • 12-13 Oct 2021

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  • Abzena plc
  • Bic Violex SA
  • CHEMO Laboratorios Liconsa SA
  • Dairy Crest
  • Enterprise Estonia
  • LEO Pharma
  • MTG
  • Nestlé
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Patrade A/S
  • Pirelli Tyre
  • Procter & Gamble
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  • Proctor & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd
  • Terma A/S
  • The Binding Site Group Ltd
  • Torner Juncosa i Associats SL
  • Umicore AG & Co. KG
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  • William Blythe Limited
  • Wolviston Group Ltd
  • Yara International ASA

I learned many new things that will be of help to effectively perform searches for my clients. Highly recommended to anyone who's either new to the field or been around for a while already.

Siim Kinnas, Intellectual Property Advisor, Enterprise Estonia, Feb 20

Excellent teachers!

Pilar Navarro, Patent Adviser, CHEMO Laboratorios Liconsa SA, Feb 20

Good content given by knowledgeable speakers.

Juan Manuel Serrano Becerra, Patent Analyst, Umicore AG & Co. KG, Feb 19

The course was very well run, by two highly experienced speakers, passionate about searching. There were clear explanations given regarding all the elements to consider for carrying out a search optimally as well as practical tips to apply those elements.

Marie Lacombe, Junior Patent Attorney, Yara International ASA, Oct 18

The speakers were very knowledgeable.

Gang Si, Senior Scientist, Proctor & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd, Feb 17

Both speakers were obviously very knowledgeable in the field of patent searching. The practical session was good as were the examples used and provided.

Michelle Surmacz, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, The Binding Site Group Ltd, Feb 17

Both speakers were engaging and you could tell they were very knowledgeable in the area.

Lois Scarth, IP Assistant, Wolviston Group Ltd, Feb 17