The II-SDV meeting that will be held in Singapore next March (14-15 March 2011) has announced the preliminary list of speakers. Among initial promised speakers of interest to PIUG members are:

* Lulin Gao – Founder Chairman East IP. Former Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), China

* Professor Tadashi Ishii – Faculty of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan

* Willem-Geert Lagemaat – CEO, Lighthouse IP, The Netherlands

* Jacques Michel – Former Vice President, European Patent Office

* W Scott Spangler – Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA

* Yo Takagi – Assistant Director General, WIPO, Switzerland

The subject of the II-SDV meeting is Search, Data Mining and Visualization and, since the patents area is a rich one for the implementation of new tools, the Singapore meeting will have a high patent conference. Speakers signed up so far are from China, Japan, India, Europe and the USA.

Initial details of this new meeting, together with a link to the thirteen initial speakers are at: