Patent-Searching Workshop Series

A thorough and accurate patent search can ensure you know if your work is truly unique. This can allow you to see how your research can offer the most impact in the future, by seeing how it fits into other work being done in a similar area. 


In partnership with Kiwinet, SfTI is offering a Patent-Searching Workshop Series facilitated by Tim Stirrup, a Registered NZ and Australian Patent Attorney at Prime Innovation. 

The Patent-Searching Workshop Series will be delivered in 3 interactive online workshops of 1hr each, once a week. 

Session one: March 9th: 12 - 1pm
Session two: March 16th 12 - 2pm (12 - 1 is the workshop, followed by a QA session from 1 - 2pm).
Session two: March 23rd 12 - 1pm 

After completing this course, attendees will:

  1. Understand what patents are and how to access information about them
  2. Appreciate the benefits of reviewing patents for research
  3. Understand when to carry out a search, which type of search is appropriate and when to contact an IP professional
  4. Prepare a search strategy which efficiently captures the patents relevant to an area of research
  5. Complete a search using open-source patent databases
  6. Evaluate the search results and obtain useful information from the patent specification
  7. Refine patent search results by using a variety of optimisation techniques
  8. Analyse patent data to gain insights into competitor strategy and technology trends
  9. Understand the terminology to use in grant applications when referring to patents

This is available to all NZ researchers from a University of Research organisation. 

Registrations closed on Monday 7 March 2022 at COB. Please contact to be waitlisted or to be contacted about future workshops or register your interest below with our online form.