LONDON Boosting expertise on patent information across Russia will stimulate competition, innovation and economic growth to the benefit of the whole country, Wolfgang Pilch, Principal Director for patent information at the European Patent Office (EPO), told delegates at a meeting in Moscow this week.
The event marked the first step in a joint campaign by the EPO and Rospatent (the Russian Patent Office) to promote the use of patent information as a stimulus of innovation and ideas.
A Russian language version of esp@cenet, the EPO's online database, which provides free access to millions of patent documents from around the world has just been launched; the basic interface is already available and operational online, and the Russian version of the training module is expected to go live later this year.
Rospatent's involvement in the esp@cenet initiative will also ensure that Russian patents are easily accessible to foreign researchers, thereby raising the country's profile.
The EPO and Rospatent first started working together more than a decade ago and earlier this year the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding which set out the scope of possible future common activities. This weeks conference is the first major event to take place since the MoU was signed.