Blog from February, 2018

In order to promote PIUG in China more efficiently, we launched an official account via WeChat that is the most popular communication app in China. 

In this official account, we posted the introduction of PIUG, membership, training program and the latest conferences. 

If you/your friends/your colleagues have any interest in this, you are welcome to join us.


1, setup WeChat app on your mobile phone.

2. scan this QR code and select Follow.


Thanks your joining and help.


John Wu

MaxVal is participating in the 40th Global IP Confex - 2018, an event where IP professionals meet services providers to discuss technologies and strategies to address their IP related challenges. The conference will be held at Executive Conference Center, Marriott Marquis Hotel (San Francisco, CA) on Feb 28, 2018.

Global IP ConfEx brings together the In-house Counsel, Law Firm Partners, Law Tech Professionals, Tech Vendors and Selected Service Providers around the world to share their views and solutions to resolve some of the operational challenges in Litigation, Technology, Software, eDiscovery, Risk, Security and Compliance.

As an exhibitor, MaxVal will demonstrate its flagship product Symphony® – an end-to-end intellectual asset management solution for companies--that enables IP Counsel to make strategic, data-driven decisions.

“MaxVal is focused on providing tech-enabled solutions that assist IP Counsel to spend less time on administrative activities and more on strategy. I believe that Global IP Confex is a great platform to meet IP professionals from across the globe, exchange views and share solutions that can elevate their Intellectual Property management,” said D. Bommi Bommannan, Founder and CEO of MaxVal Group.

If you are attending this event and would like to know how you can achieve data driven outcomes optimization, contact to schedule a meeting with the MaxVal team.

About MaxVal Group, Inc. 

MaxVal is a silicon valley-based tech-enabled managed solutions provider known for its cutting edge products and automated solutions. Since 2004, MaxVal has been providing technology-enabled solutions and expert services by partnering with patent counsel and patent operations teams to optimize patent lifecycle management with high levels of customer service.

Contact: Bala Krishnan, 650-472-0640,

In celebration of PIUG’s 30th anniversary, we are putting together a book of Pearls of Wisdom.  What we are looking for are hints and tips for patent searching.  You might also think about factoids of something that fascinates you about working with patents.  What do you wish someone had told you at the beginning of your career?  Please include your name and affiliation as you want it in the book.  You might also include the year that you first joined PIUG or the number of years that you have been a member.  The book will be given out to attendees of the annual conference and available for purchase after the meeting.


Please use the link below to contribute text and pictures (jpeg).  We would like for responses no later than April 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Martha Yates at   By clicking on the link below you will be taken to Solentro’s website where you can easily write your text.  You may either write directly on the site or copy from another document and paste your text and upload images.  Anything you want to say should be in the box.  Your affiliation should also be in the box.

Thank you for your contribution!
(If the link doesn't work - copy it and paste it in your browser.)


Solentro—make your own book!  The easiest way to transform your personal texts into unique and beautiful high quality books.

 Martha Yates


Milano, Italy, 9-11 September 2018

Your chance to learn & discuss the current state and future of our profession in Europe

Dear Colleagues,

we wish to thanks all the speakers, guests, exhibitors and participants who have made the CEPIUG 10th YAC an unforgettable event!

We had participants coming from all the continents, high level speakers, uptodate scientific presentations, lively panels, in depth discussions on work organization and higher education, the very first patent olympiad, the full ISBQPIP Supervisory Council gathered to announce the official start, the largest relaxed networking than ever in Europe before, an exciting anniversary party, and let me say... all the above seasoned with a touch of Italian hospitality.

See you next time!

* * *

The CEPIUG 10th Year Anniversary Conference Organising Committee

For info: - Email to:

Dear Colleague,

Just a reminder that the early booking price for the 2018 IC-SDV meeting in Nice expires 28 February 2018

If you are planning to attend the meeting but have not yet sent in your booking, please do so soon and save yourself some money. Full conference details are at:

I am looking forward to seeing you in nice Nice.

Kind regards

Christoph is a research and analytics database for all ex parte appeals decisions at the PTAB. 

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We Love Patent People! #RiserIPTIPS

We are happy to announce a limited number of free Valentine’s Day tickets to the upcoming Riser IP TIPS forum, thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Dolcera. 

Don’t forget to share this Valentine’s Day offer with the Patent People that you love (especially in Texas)! 

Register quickly using the Valentine’s Day FREE ticket offer. Nothing beats free and the benefits of attending keep increasing:

  • Texas attorneys get 3.0 CLE credit hours.
  • Attendees may qualify for free extended trials to multiple patent analytics tools.
  • Exclusive content and unique networking environment for IP Competitive Intelligence/Management.

Agenda and Registration details for the Riser IP TIPS forum in Hyatt Regency, Downtown Houston on March 5th 2018 are available at this link:


  • Patent analysis, Visualization & Technology Assessment
  • Innovation analysis and IP Competitive Intelligence
  • IP Management

We take this opportunity to thank Dolcera for being a Gold Level Sponsor at the upcoming Riser IP TIPSTM forum. Dolcera is an international services firm specializing in intellectual property, market research, and competitive strategy for North American, European, and Asian clients. Dolcera offers two industry-leading software platforms, and a suite of services in the intellectual property space for dozens of the world’s leading corporations.

P.S: Some of you may recognize the young model Nathan (picture used with approval) in the picture.

WIPO Search Help

I am trying to conduct a specific search on WIPO. The User's Guide is not helping me at all. I would like to search EP patents from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 for any patents issued to Waters Corporation. I only want issued patents. Can someone help me with the search string?

Thank you,

Jerry O'Connor-Fix

EPO will be presenting a workshop entitled Searching Peptides and Proteins and Second Medical Use Claims from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with a break at 10:00 AM.  Breakfast, breaks and lunch will then be provided for those attending the EPO workshop and those attending the two vendor workshops, BizInt and GQ Life Sciences, in the afternoon.  Please register for all of the workshops being held on February 20, 2018.  It is important to have your name added in the headcount for each workshop so there is ample food available throughout the day.  

Another reminder to please download the Meeting App following instructions on the Meeting App page of the website.  There are features to enhance networking and the link to the meeting survey will also be accessible through the app.  A map of the city and the meeting floor of the hotel is also provided along with tips regarding ground transportation.  

It is suggested that you upload your picture to your profile on the app so that it makes easier for people to recognize you and promote exchange of ideas, etc.  This is the same app that will be used for the PIUG 2018 Annual so you will not have to download it again.  You will be able to access any event that you attended since May 2017 through this same software.  If you have questions, please contact Ken Koubek.

We also want to remind those staying at the Kimpton Marlowe to sign up for the Kimpton Karma rewards program when you check-in so that you get free high-speed internet access in your room and a credit for your mini-bar or to use in the hotel bar.  The rewards program is free.

Enhance your conference experience and sign-up for the networking dinner on February 21, 2018.  Please sign up now because seating is limited.

Thank you for your participation and enjoy the conference.

PIUG 2018 Biotechnology Conference Planning Committee

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) Inc., it is my pleasure to announce the call for applications for the prestigious Stu Kaback Business Impact Award for 2018.  In keeping with the mission of the PIUG, the award serves to promote the patent information profession by celebrating its remarkable practitioners for the important contributions they make to their respective organizations.

The purpose of the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award is to recognize the achievements of an individual or a team of individuals who, in performing as patent information professionals, have made a distinct impact on an organization such as, but not limited to, a corporation, university, government agency, non-government organization, or a non-profit organization.  A patent information professional for the purpose of this award is a person who searches, analyzes, organizes and/or disseminates patent information, or who designs patent information retrieval systems.  A description of the award and the application process is provided below.  I encourage you to consider applying for this prestigious award or to nominate a colleague who you believe has had a distinct impact on your organization.

Award Package 

The PIUG-sponsored award consists of US$1500.00, a commemorative keepsake, and gratis registration at the PIUG 2018 Annual Conference, an international conference for patent information professionals.  If a team is selected as the award recipient, the US$1500.00 will be divided equally among the team members and each member will receive a commemorative keepsake.  The gratis registration will be awarded to a team representative, as designated by the team, who will be presented with the award during the Gala Dinner at the PIUG 2018 Annual Conference.

Application Process Summary 

The deadline for applications for the 2018 Stu Kaback Business Impact Award is 23 March 2018, 11:59 PM US EST.  Applications are welcome from all over the world and should be sent to secretary @ (please remove spaces).  Award applicants may either be self-nominated or nominated by another.  If a team is nominated, the team members may be from the same organization or from different organizations.  If you wish to nominate a patent information professional or a team of patent information professionals for the award, you will need to contact the nominee(s), as the award application requires their input.  Nominations from the previous 3 years are still eligible and do not need to be resubmitted.

Examples of situations worthy of nomination include, but are not limited to:

  • performance of a patent landscaping project which helped an organization successfully manage a merger, acquisition or partnership;
  • a patent validity search which helped a company avoid or support a major lawsuit, or an opposition or revocation proceeding critical to the organization;
  • the development of a new tool or database involving patent information which helped an organization expand into a new market;
  • providing assistance to an organization by way of an advisory board to improve an existing product or service involving patent information; or
  • assisting a project team to develop new ideas and explore their patentability, which led to a new product, process or service of the organization.

Please note that there is no need to disclose any confidential or business-sensitive information in the application.  Further details concerning the application process can be found at

Applications for the award should be submitted to secretary @ (please remove spaces) by 23 March 2018, 11:59 PM US EST.  I will notify the award recipient(s) of their success on or before 6 April 2018.

Martha Yates
PIUG Chair 2016-2018

GenomeQuest is holding our FIRST EVER USER MEETING at the Kimpton Marlowe in Cambridge, the day after the PIUG Biotech meeting.  Please join us!  It's FREE and there is still time to register. 

This is going to be a really exciting event, with lots of great talks by our customers, and opportunities for one on one meetings and consultations with GQ staff.  

Registration link:

Formal agenda:


All morning:  signups for individual sessions with GQ staff (also available during PIUG Biotech, both days)

8:00 am:  Networking Breakfast 

8:45 am:  Welcome 

9:00 am:  From Inspiration to Filing: Use of GQ in Peptide-Based Pharma - Bjarne Due Larsen • Heidi Madsen

10:00 am:  BizInt Smart Charts and GenomeQuest - Reporting Tips & Tricks - John Willmore

10:30 am:  Networking Break

10:45 am:  Screening and Reporting Non-Patent Literature Search Results - Mary Jane Reeve

11:15 am:  The Hunt for Repeating Peptide Fragments: Tools and Techniques for a Complete Search - Greg Roland

12:15pm: Lunch

1:00 pm:  Challenges in Sequence Searching Round Table - all

2:00 pm:  Sequence Differences Across Patent Family Members - Alison Taylor

2:30pm:  GenomeQuest 101- Steve Allen

               GenomeQuest Master Class- Ellen Sherin

 (parallel track, separate rooms)

3:30pm:  Networking with GQ Life Sciences Team-meet the people behind the product!

How to search efficiently in Asian prior art? How to monitor recent developments in patent information from China, Japan, Korea and emerging markets? How to decipher patent documents in non-Western languages?

The European Patent Office will again host its annual forum on Asian patent information where such issues will be addressed in an informal atmosphere together with experts and users.

During the two-day event, participants will get an update on hot topics such as

  • Artificial Intelligence – Role and impact on Asian patent information searching
  • Crowd searching – experiences, advantages and risks?
  • IP in the context of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative

Various interactive sessions offer the possibility to share experiences with representatives from industry and academia, information professionals and searchers, patent attorneys and data providers from all over the world. There will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one discussions and networking with experts from patent offices from Asia and beyond.

Commercial providers will give an update on new trends on the Asian patent information market during a poster exhibition and selected product presentations. As usual, optional seminars will be offered in the run-up to the forum on Thursday morning.

Have a look at the programme at or contact for further information. We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna!


There is still time to submit an abstract for the CINF symposium for the American Chemical Society National Meeting to be held in Boston, Fall, 2018: August 19-23, 2018 entitled, “Chemical structure searching for patent information”.


Chemical structure searching is a technique which can be used to search for chemically-related patent information based on chemical structures. A variety of databases exist which can be searched by structure to retrieve chemically-related patent information based on exemplified compounds and/or Markush structures. This symposium will discuss topic such as:

-       features of existing databases - such as comprehensiveness and content

-       technologies used to create structure searchable patent information databases

-       comparison of existing systems

-       user experiences

-       pros and cons of the existing products

-       new techniques relating to structure searching for patent information 

-       new approaches for structure searching for patent information

If you are interested in being a speaker for this symposium, please submit an abstract via the ACS MAPS system. A direct link to the CINF sessions is below:


The deadline for abstract submission is March 20, 2018. Please contact me or one of my co-organizers, Elaine Cheeseman and Matt McBride, if you have any questions.

Edlyn S. Simmons (edlyns @

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminars in February –


Title: Introduction to the Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR) database on STNext


Abstract: This e-Seminar will detail the Derwent Chemistry Resource database (aka DCR) on STNext. It will explain the content of the database, including little-known records covering small peptides, oligomers, and natural products including enzymes and proteins. This e-Seminar will investigate the various Derwent classification codes associated with these substance records. The session will also include searching strategies for finding relevant substance records, besides structure searching.

A second e-Seminar will be given in March that will cover the structure searching aspect of this database. Together, these two sessions will give the searcher all the tools one needs to perform high-quality searches in DCR. This e-Seminar is geared to all searchers, regardless of searching expertise


Date: February 22, 2018

3:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+02.00)

2:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT+01:00)

9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

8:00 am Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

7:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)


Date: February 22, 2018

8:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+02.00)

7:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT+01:00)

2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

1:00 pm Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

11:00 am Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT- 08:00)


To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.


Mar 05, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Houston

Riser IP TIPS™ Forum

Topic - Enabling innovation analysis, IP competitive intelligence, and IP management for competitive advantage

Time & Location - March 5, 2018 at 7:30am - 12:00pm CST

Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

About The Event

Riser IP TIPS™ forums are designed to provide examples of effectively using IP competitive intelligence, technology trends, innovation analysis, and patent strategy (IP TIPS). This particular live event will focus on enabling innovation analysis, IP competitive intelligence, and IP management for competitive advantage. This live event will also provide the opportunity to network with industry experts, discuss best practices, discuss challenges, and get unbiased answers to your questions.


1. Registration, Networking, and Introduction

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

2. Creating and Delivering Innovation Intelligence

Nat Brooks – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

3. Executing Effective Patent Landscape Analysis and IP Competitive Intelligence – Reduction to Practice

Yateen Pargaonkar – 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

4. Importance of IP Strategies and its Management to Maximize Impact

Dr. Rush Khan – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

For more details and registration including discounts:

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