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The Albert Patent Bot Checks It Out

Mariana Karepova, President of the Austrian Patent Office, presented the little helper, which initially targets startups and speaks English, at the Pioneers Festival 2017, the pre-eminent startup scene event. Hundreds chatted with Albert during the first few days, posed questions and had him check the uniqueness of brands in their particular sector. It is well known that things cannot go fast enough for startups. For this reason, it was a logical step for the Austrian Patent Office to offer a service on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year if possible. Thanks to Albert, it is particularly easy for startups to get an initial assessment of the unique nature of their brand or brand idea at any time. For this purpose, Albert searches through the global brand data base containing more than 40 million brands.

In the halls of the Vienna Hofburg, where the Pioneers Festival takes place each year at the beginning of June, some 2,500 innovative movers and shakers gathered amidst award ceremony, lectures and pitch sessions. This was just the right platform for the first “Hello, I am Albert. I can help you with your brand”, and the fitting framework for a meet and greet session with prominent politicians and managers. Austrian Chancellor Kern, Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy Mahrer, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology Leichtfried and business angel Hansi Hansmann all had the opportunity to get to know Albert Patent Bot there.

Vienna is Albert’s place of birth and a hotspot of the international chat bot scene. In this case, a woman is one of those who sets the tune, namely Barbara Ondrisek of the Chatbots Agency. Together with her team, she programmed Albert Patent Bot for the Austrian Patent Office. In other words, women power flows through its circuit boards.  

Albert does not (yet) understand everything. It is hard for him to decode irony or humor. Moreover, only people can answer really difficult questions. That is why Albert repeatedly refers people to the experts at the Austrian Patent Office. The chat bot Albert complements the consulting provided by the professionals there. He forges initial contacts and makes jokes in the process.

Albert is currently focusing on the issue of brands and researching potentially similar brands. He is already diligently at work studying and practicing, and should soon be capable of providing information about funding, further education and professional development opportunities and fees. In addition, he is learning German. Soon he will not only be able to answer questions from startups about intellectual property but from anyone. You should also make Albert Patent Bot part of your team when it comes to brands and intellectual property rights. 

www.patentamt.at/albert

Christoph Mandl, Österreichisches Patentamt

+43-1-534 24 379
christoph.mandl@patentamt.at

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