Blog from April, 2018

MaxVal, a leading Intellectual Property management solutions provider, celebrated the World IP Day at its India locations at Coimbatore and Chennai on April 26, 2018. WIPO has designated April 26 every year as World Intellectual Property Day to promote discussion on the role of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity. It is observed worldwide in over 180 member countries of WIPO through different outreach programs.

To mark this event, MaxVal hosted a range of activities and events in line with the theme for 2018, “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity”. The main objective of the program was to raise public awareness amongst employees about the basic concepts of Intellectual Property including the advantages of IP protection and current challenges in the IP ecosystem.

An awareness session on Introduction to IP Rights including a quiz program was conducted for nearby companies. This was well received and the participants found it useful. During the session participants discussed several IP-related topics with MaxVal resources and were interested in learning about patent filings in India and worldwide. The sessions clarified many questions the participants had about various aspects of IPR such as types of intellectual property rights, patent protection, filings, renewals, and monetization.

“Such activities would help people realize the socio-economic benefits of their intellectual property and also help society benefit from new inventions,” said Shankar Venkataraman, VP, India Patent Prep and Prosecution, MaxVal.

MaxVal also conducted an awareness contest exclusively for women of nearby companies to encourage their participation in learning about IP and how securing IP rights may empower them. Some of the registrants commented that it was the first time they even heard about intellectual property rights.

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,

Dear all,

The WON website runs in a different main skeleton now (friendly to touch devices).  The url stayed the same <>, but the deeplinks to the individual pages have changed.  Since quite some people use our page that lists a collection of public patent information sources and probably have bookmarks to this page I would like to inform you about the new url for this page:

In the dutch language section the new url is <>, in the english language section, it is <>.

In case you have bookmarked the page, please update your bookmark.

In case you have included a link to this page on your website, or know of a website that has included a link to this page, please update such a link or request the webmaster of the linking website to do so.

Please note that, to make this page work in the new environment, I had to make some changes to the page.  It is no longer displayed as a table of listboxes, the current display is split in sections for the regions each containing a set of tabbed boxes listing the subject links (an empty tab being displayed by default).

The pages in the old url have been replaced by pages informing users of this change and offer links to the new page and to backup copies of the old page for those who still need the information as formatted in the old pages.  Should anyone have systems that automatically extract information from the old pages, please contact me.  In principle these old pages will no longer be maintained and will not be available indefinitely, but if it takes some time to adjust your internal systems to match the new pages, I can maintain the backup pages of the old system for a limited time period to give you some time to adjust your internal systems.



"The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it.”… Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf Lords; great miners and craftsman of the mountain halls. And multiple were gifted to the race of men, who above all else desire power and wanted to dominate their respective industries… (Derived from the Lord of the Rings)

It began with the IT tools created by the information technology revolution in the sixties. These early developments gave rise to powerful patent analysis tools. These powerful tools gave companies a competitive advantage to dominate industries with the “rights to exclude” provided by patents. Soon there were many patent analysis tools with many really good features. But they were all deceived, for another tool was made: in the land of the free and home of the braves, the data scientists forged, in secret, a master tool to manipulate data from all others. And using this master tool, one can more effectively and efficiently massage patent data, generate useful insights, use it to gain competitive advantage and accelerate innovation. So there you have it, one patent analysis tool to rule them all...

Note, it is still all about information in information technology. Somewhere as the world changed, people grew in awe of the technology. Many forgot it is all about the information (I) in information technology (IT). It is the information needs that drives the choice of technology.

The democratization of patent analysis and visualization technology tools has led to an explosion of patent analysis tools and charts. The accompanying figure shows several examples of commonly used patent charts in the industry. Though the initial "level 1" quick patent charts can be done in minutes using powerful patent analytics tools, the generation of "GOOD CHARTS" with contextual awareness and analytical design may take weeks. Most value is generated when "IT centered quantitative level 2 analysis" is coupled with "people centered level 3 qualitative metrics" to provide enhanced context, insights, intelligence, and recommendations. It requires collaboration and alignment with the appropriate SME before you can take it to senior management. High powered patent analysis tools in the hands of trained patent analysts greatly enhance efficiency and ease review of voluminous patent data. 

Do you want to know more about the patent analysis tools and the value they bring? Whether you are a vendor or a patent professional, learn more about it at the upcoming Riser IP TIPS TM (Technology Intelligence & Patent Searching) Workshop at PIUG Annual 2018. Check out the details and register today!


Please feel free to add your own comments about your favorite patent analysis tool or reply privately. I will take them into consideration as well. Bonus points to those who already know and use this master tool...


New integration of over 8 million patent records enables users to explore potential economic impacts of scholarly work

Data science company Altmetric announced the addition of worldwide patent data from IFI CLAIMS® last week, making it possible for users to more easily track the commercialization and potential economic impacts of their organizations’ research.

Records from 9 international patent offices are included as part of the integration, which so far has surfaced more than 750,000 citations to articles, books, clinical trials and other scholarly outputs from over 8 million patents. Patents filed from 1994 onwards are included in the initial release.

Read the full story

MaxVal, an IP lifecycle management company, announced that it will be sponsoring IP Counsel Cafe (Annual Silicon Valley Conference) for the second year in a row, to be held from April 25-27, 2018 in Palo Alto, CA.

IP Counsel Café 2018 is one of the largest gatherings of IP leaders where IP professionals can learn more about protecting their IP assets globally. In order to create and protect IP on a global scale without penalty, at home as well as abroad.

“Last year, we demonstrated our flagship product Symphony® (end-to-end Intellectual Property Management platform), and we are excited to be at IP Counsel Café again this year to showcase some of the new modules and functionalities that we now have in Symphony® .  We are also unveiling our new version of Max-IDS (integrated, and customizable environment to collaboratively manage patent references and generate IDS with a few clicks),” 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 outcome 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,

The Patent Information Users Group Northeast Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2018 NE Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 9 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.  This years theme is: Leveraging Advanced Patent Information, Analysis & Intelligence.


We are interested in papers from ALL sectors of the patent information community on patent searching and analysis topics related to the following:


  • ADVANCED patent search & analysis strategies supporting state of the art, freedom to operate, licensing, acquisition & divestiture activities, patent/competitive intelligence landscapes & others.
  • Reporting formats and client engagement.
  • Examples of use cases in electronics, mechanical, pharmaceutical (chemistry & biotech), software & other sectors.
  • Examples of the changing patent law environment and recent patent case law
  • Approaches to fostering continuous improvement, i.e., use of a variety of search systems/tools, analytical &/or visualization applications, team collaboration and knowledge sharing practices.


General Guidelines for submitting proposal/topic/ideas:


  • Send your paper title, abstract (max. 200 words), speaker names, affiliation, brief biography and full contact information. Note: presentations are typically 30-45 min., followed by 5 min. Q&A.
  • Do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.
  • If you would like to recommend a speaker or a topic for a presentation please contact the PIUG 2018 NE Conference organizers, listed below, with your comments and suggestions.
  • Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG web site at and PIUG Discussion Forum/Blog.


Please email an abstract with your idea(s) to Shelley Pavlek ( 

Deadline is June 15, 2018


Please share this notice within your greater patent information community to enhance our outreach efforts.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2018 NE Conference!



PIUG 2018 NE Conference Program Committee

Shelley Pavlek  (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;

John Marlin (ExxonMobil,
Yateen Pargaonkar  (RiserIP;

Leah Sandvoss (Pfizer;

Donald Walter  (CAS;

Patent Olympiad 9th September Milan.

Over the years, various groups have organised several “patent search” activities and events on some kind of competitive basis.

One of the most well-known is the Japan Patent Search Grand Prix (PSGP). Since its inception, the event has grown from a small pilot event to a popular and prestigious competition for Japanese patent searchers. Representatives of the PSPG organising team have given several successive reports at PIUG’s Annual Conferences, raising international interest in the competition. Indeed, in 2015 a few international representatives were also invited to participate in the contest celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Intellectual Property Cooperation Center which hosts the Grand Prix.

Many PIUG members were impressed with the PSGP’s success as a means for educating Japanese patent researchers and raising the profile of the profession itself.

The PatOlympics  — a competition designed to compare the capabilities of different search engines — was another example of a competitive patent search event.

Other examples include academic-educational assignments,

crowdsourcing initiatives for prior art,

and student research projects.

All the above were based on formal structures and had legitimately serious intent. But however worthy these contests may have been, to us they had something missing....

The idea of a new type of global patent searching contest was born during the PIUG 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta where we discussed the possibility of designing a more relaxed and informal patent research competition. Thus was conceived the Patent Olympiad, an organised but informal competition to celebrate the fine art of patent research. Good patent searching is, of course, serious business, but serious doesn’t have to mean solemn, right? As lovers of patent research already know, a challenging search can also be serious fun.  

 The Patent Olympiad will be an event where patent research enthusiasts can pit their skills against one another in an informal friendly environment and compete to win some prizes. It’s meant to be a light-hearted, fun way to celebrate the value of patent research as a profession.

Want to join us? Our very first Patent Olympiad will take place in at the Politecnico di Milano (you got it; Milan!) on 9th September 2018, immediately before the CEPIUG’s 10th Anniversary meeting. Perhaps we will see you there? Join the challenge!

The Patent Olympiad Founders

Andrea Davis, Linus Wretblad, Cathy Chiba, and Nigel Clarke


Peter Drucker identified the information that executives truly need more than twenty years ago. Knowing that this type of information is available in patents is the easy part. Extracting the information in a usable format and reporting it in a timely manner is completely another story. It is often easier said than done.

You are invited to attend the upcoming Riser IP workshop @ the 2018 Annual PIUG conference to discuss best practices in extracting the four types of information that Senior Management really wants from patents. Briefly they are 1) Internal data and scarce resource allocation information 2) Productivity measurements (external benchmarking) 3) Competence assessments and 4) Information on potential opportunities, risk mitigation and emerging technologies.

Peter Drucker was absolutely right about his definition of information: "What is important is not the tools. It is the concepts behind them. ..... That is a new and radically different view of the meaning and purpose of information: as a measurement on which to base future action rather than as a postmortem and a record of what has already happened."

Details of the upcoming Riser IP Workshop:

Mark your calendar and register now for the new upcoming IP competitive intelligence workshop on May 5th, 2018 at the PIUG annual conference in Westin, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314. Prerequisites include an interest in transitioning to or enhancing your team’s competitive intelligence capabilities. Whether you are a Patent Professional, Industry or Academic Scientist, Manager, CI professional or an Executive, learn how you can integrate information from patents with your broader competitive intelligence efforts. Note that you do have the flexibility to register and only attend the workshop. Understand how you can leverage innovation indicators for designing early warning systems, competitive advantage and accelerated innovation. In-depth knowledge of patents is NOT required. Seating is limited, so register now to take advantage of this unique training. Remember to share the workshop information with your colleagues. 

Limited Seating. For more information and registration visit: event-2888886