Commercial Patent Search and Analysis (Online 2020)

This is an online course taking place over three weeks in three scheduled, one-hour sessions.  Practicals are completed offline in your own time. It is also available as an in-person half-day training session in Cambridge, scheduled for 21 October 2020 - see separate event listing.

Dates Wednesday, May 27, 2020 to Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - Download as vCalendar
Venue Online
Website Event website

Event details:

CIIPM’s Commercial Patent Search & Analysis training will provide an overview of search and analysis techniques for patent landscape business decision making.  Attendees will gain an understanding of how to construct and perform business-focussed patent searches, and how to analyse the results for reporting. 
We will cover areas such as technology, market landscape and competitor landscaping. Each type of business question will require a particular dataset.  In this course we show how to select sources for the search, how to work within budget and timeframes whilst providing reasonable answers, and how to report on the scope and risks associated with the results, without detracting from the answers generated.
Course Content
  • Types of commercial patent search
  • Competitive intelligence
    • Company name searching
    • Monitoring competitors
    • Portfolio benchmarking
  • Practical session on company search
  • Technology landscaping
    • Building the data set using classification codes
    • Citation searching
    • Word searching
    • Patent classifications
  • Relevancy and categorisation issues
  • Practical session on technology search
The online course takes place over three weeks in three scheduled, one-hour sessions.  Practicals are completed offline in your own time. Please note: online training sessions may be recorded.
Attendees will be limited in number so there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and consider specific topics in more detail. Access to professional patent databases will be provided.
Who should attend?
  • Those working in R&D, technology transfer, Intellectual Property managers, strategic business development, and competitive intelligence roles.
  • Those who want to develop an understanding of market and technology patent landscaping to uncover past, present and future trends.
  • People who want to extend their knowledge of patents, patent information and patent searching.

Cost:  £190 + VAT

Training provided by:   

Jane List, Extract Information

Stuart Newbold, PSIM


The Cambridge Information and Intellectual Property Meeting (CIIPM) was founded by Jane List and Stuart Newbold. CIIPM hosts an annual meeting and provides training in the IP matters and information search and analysis. The CIIPM annual meeting provides an opportunity for knowledge sharing for those engaged with the commercialisation of technologies using intellectual property, and those needing information to make legal and commercial decisions.