This two day workshop will explain how the patent system can best be used by biotech researchers and others active in bioinformatics, both to help them with their research and to protect the inventions they create. Applying for patent protection for biotech inventions is vital if research costs and investments are to be protected in the market. And by looking in biotech patent databases, one can find information which is not published anywhere else (e.g. in academic papers) Using such data sources is essential if research effort is not to be wasted in repeating the work of others. The EPO uses special databases and tools when searching in this area, and their experts will show participants how to make the best searches. Such databases can also provide commercial intelligence, leading researchers to other players in the same research field, or to other partners, suppliers, customers or rivals. Experts from the European Bioinformatics Institute will complement the EPO sessions with training on sequence searching.