Join us at 11.15 am on Monday February 16th 2015 for a workshop exploring efficient and effective FTO analysis using PatBase.

Delivered from the perspective of an experienced biotech patent analyst who recently joined the Minesoft team, this workshop will discuss how  PatBase and other Minesoft products can be used to perform efficient and effective FTO (“infringement”) analysis.

From the development of a comprehensive search strategy to the analysis and monitoring of results, we will use a biotech related case study to demonstrate a number of features and techniques including:

  • Thesauri to craft a comprehensive strategy
  • Search fields to focus on specific sections within a patent and on specific countries
  • Customized displays to concentrate on certain countries of interest
  • Advanced highlighting schemes to efficiently review large numbers of documents
  • Use of legal status information to quickly identify “active” patent families
  • Use of alerts to monitor families of interest and to watch for new publications and citations

Speaker biography:

Rob Poolman is currently a Senior Manager (Innovation and Consulting) at Minesoft Ltd, UK. In 2000, and having completed a PhD in Biochemistry, Rob started his career at Pfizer as a Biotechnology Information Consultant providing biomedical, patent and competitive intelligence to both research scientists and patent attorneys. During 6 years at Pfizer, he helped form and lead a high performing team of information professionals within the Legal division. In 2006, he joined Novartis to create and manage the NIBR Search and Analytics team and during the last 3 years at Novartis, Rob completed an MBA at Warwick Business School which allowed him to take on additional operational and managerial responsibilities. With over 14 years of experience in the information industry, Rob has recently joined Minesoft to spearhead their future product development, to enhance their consultancy based approach and to bring an end user perspective to the company.


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Refreshments will be provided.


PatBase is a searchable patent database covering over 100 million publications organised into patent families, with historical information dating back to the early 1900s. Our users rely on PatBase to offer them a robust platform from which to search, review, share and analyze business-critical patent information.


When and Where:


PIUG Biotech 2015

Monday Feb 16, 11.15 – 12.15


Room 83-1A

611 Gateway Blvd
South San Francisco, Ca. 94080


We look forward to seeing you there!


Kind regards,

The Minesoft Team