RDA & FRBR - An online course by GO | School for Information

Advanced Patent Information Course (APIC)

17 half day sessions on advanced patent searches, legal aspects, the accessibility and retrieval of patent information.

Successful innovation is inseparable from the proper use of Patent Information. Patent Information has an essential role in both the legal as the technical-scientific aspects of the innovation process. Good Patent Information Management is of very high value for companies and gives a competitive edge! Get the right knowledge, insights and skills.

GO | School for Information organizes a basic and an advanced course in which these challenges will be addressed. The courses are organised under the auspices of Dutch Patent Information User Group (WON).


  1. Classification
  2. Patent Legal aspects
  3. Patent Landscaping
  4. Command Language Searching
  5. Freedom-to-operate
  6. Opposition and invalidity
  7. QPIP Exam Training

The Advanced Patent Information Course consists of 7 modules and an exam. The modules can also be followed seperately as refresher courses. The course will provide students with a solid knowledge of patent information, in general, however, particular attention is given to patent searches, legal aspects, the accessibility and retrieval of patent information.

Training structure 

The course is offered over 17 days (3 hours sessions per day), divided over 3 months, with an additional 7 to 10 hours of study required per week.

All lessons will be provided in English through online video classes (ZOOM).

Please note: The modules below are not in chronological order!


 Day   Module   Time
06 & 07 Nov 2023 Patent Classification   09:30 – 12:30 GMT +1
08, 13,14 & 15 Nov 2023 Patent legal aspects and patent legislation   09:30 – 12:30 GMT +1
20 & 21 Nov 2023 Patent Landscaping   09:30 – 12:30 GMT +1
20 Dec 2023 Command Language Searching   09:30 – 12:30 GMT +1
27 & 28 Nov 2023 Freedom to operate   09:30 – 12:30 GMT +1
04 & 05 Dec 2023 Opposition and invalidity   09:30 – 12:30 GMT +1
15, 16, 29 & 30 Jan 2024 QPIP Exam training   09:30 – 16:30 GMT +1


Admission requirements

Students must have at least a bachelor degree in a technical-scientific discipline and at least 3 years relevant working experience.


The APIC course is concluded by the Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) exam. Training for this exam is included in the full course.

Candidates who pass the examination will receive an official certificate and will hold the title Qualified Patent Information Professional.

Registration and costs

The registration cost for the complete course are $ 3600,-. This amount includes examination and training materials which are distributed at start of the training.

Registrations are treated in the order received. Places cannot be reserved. However, cancellation of your registration is possible up to 2 weeks before the start of the training and is only accepted in written form.

Your Trainers

The course is developed and provided by a set of experts in their field:

Aalt van de Kuilen

Bart van Wezenbeek

Stephen Adams

Gerben Gieling

Bettina de Jong

17 in-depth online sessions of 3 hours between 21 November 2022 and 17 January 2022 in Utrecht, the Netherlands (Module 1 is online video lessons)

From 09:30 – 12:30 uur GMT+1

It is possible to subsribe for the seperate modules. Send us an email to discuss your tailor-made program (info@goopleidingen.nl)

$ 3925,- (VAT exempt,  study materials included)


17 days from 09:30 – 12:30h GMT+1.

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