European Patent Office
For several years, the EPO has been offering Asian patent information services provided by staff skilled in Asian languages and trained in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean patent systems. Recently, the services have been extended to include other regions, such as India, Chinese Taipei, ASEAN, Arabic countries, Russia and Latin America.
The EPO's Asian Patent Information Services offer a range of services to European industry, including legal status searches and watches, patent monitoring, subject-matter searches and translations of patent documents. Courses on Asian patent information retrieval and particular aspects of the Asian patent systems are offered on a regular basis. Furthermore, free information on special features of the Asian patent systems is distributed online via a virtual helpdesk, Asian updates on the website and regular publications in the EPO's "Patent Information News". The team is also the organiser of the "East meets West" forum on Asian patent information in Vienna.