Blog from May, 2018

The 3rd CIIPM annual meeting takes place on 11th July 2018 in Cambridge UK.  Join us to hear talks on patent searching , and learn about IP valuation, and IP auditing.

Questel, EBSCO, Minesoft, Fiz Karlsruhe, RWS and deepSearch9 will be exhibiting.

Workshops in the morning are available with deep Search 9 and CFL Software.  Both workshops allow attendees to experiment with new search technologies - ds9 for Competitive Intelligence and CFL for FTO searching.

In partnership with the Intellectual Property Publishing House (IPPH) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China, the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) is pleased to announce the 3rd  PIUG-CPAC Asia 2018 Session. Co-organized by the PIUG Partnerships and Patent Offices Committee and IPPH,  this session will be held on August 31, 2018 at the China National Convention Center, Beijing, China, in conjunction with the two-day China Patent Annual Conference (CPAC).

Now in its third year, the theme for this year’s PIUG-CPAC Asia Session is “Exploring New Tools and Techniques for Performing Comprehensive IP Search to Support Data-Driven Business Decision-Making”. It will focus on recent developments in patent resources/tools and best practices/techniques for patent information professionals to enhance their performance of comprehensive IP research and analysis to impact the business. Notable speakers at the PIUG-CPAC Asia 2018 Session include:

  • Ron Kaminecki, PIUG Board, Director-at-Large
  • Heiko Wongel, EPO, Director, Patent Information Promotion 
  • Dr. Lutz Mailänder, WIPO, Head, Cooperation on Examination and Training Section
  • YunYun Yang, Ph.D., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Senior Patent Analyst          
  • Lily Wang, Wuxi Biologics, IP Counsel, Associate Director, Biologics Discovery
  • Izumi Tsuzuki, Ph.D., Patent Search Grand Prix (Japan) , past Vice-Chair                   

Kindly visit the PIUG-CPAC Asia 2018 Session Program website for more details.

In addition to participation at the Breakout Session, PIUG will also have an Exhibit Booth at CPAC 2018.  For more details about CPAC 2018, please visit the CPAC website.

The PIUG-CPAC Asia 2018 Session will provide opportunities to learn from experienced patent information professionals on best practices, enhanced tools and patent resources for effective patent searching and analysis in order to impact the business and decision-making. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn about PIUG, the International Society for Patent Information Professionals.

We look forward to seeing you in Beijing!

PIUG-CPAC Asia 2018 Session Planning Committee
Zheng Wu, Co-Chair
Cynthia Barcelon-Yang, Co-Chair


MaxVal, a silicon valley-based IP management solutions firm, announced that it will be exhibiting at INTA 140th Annual meeting at Booth #418, to be held from May 19-23 at Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.

INTA's (International Trademark Association) Annual Meeting is recognized as one of the premier events for the trademark industry which is expected to attract more than 10,000 attendees from around the world. Brand owners, in-house counsel, law-firms, government officials, and other IP experts will gather in this 140th annual meeting to discuss and examine the key industry issues, challenges and opportunities in the ever-growing IP landscape.

MaxVal, a preferred IP management partner for law firms and corporations across the world, will demonstrate some of their solutions including Symphony - an integrated IP management platform known for its robustness and reliability for handling the complete IP lifecycle from invention capture, docketing to annuity management.

“We look forward to engaging with the delegates from all over the world. We believe that our easily configurable and customizable IP management solutions and services will be of interest to patent and trademark professionals as it can seamlessly integrate with their existing products and workflow,“ 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,

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 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;

Just got back from the annual conference and enjoyed it as always.  This year I have been working to increase the recognition for our volunteers.  We acquired some pins that have the PIUG logo on them and the word volunteer.  We are going to give them out to people who have volunteered for PIUG for 5 years or more.  I was able to start giving them out at the annual conference and post pictures of many of the recipients on the activity feed page in the meeting app.

Here is a list of people who received pins.   Lucy T. Antunes, Kristine H. Atkinson, Cynthia Barcelon Yang, Jim Brown, Barbara Burg, Andrea Davis, Dominic DeMarco, Malcolm Hallam, Julia Heinrich, Ron Kaminecki, Ford Khorsandian, Stephen Adams, Elliott Linder, Shelley Pavlek, Suzanne Robins, Edlyn Simmons, Heidi Stone, Seth Mendelson, Mark Hutcherson, Jane Thompson, Anthony Trippe, Sandra Unger, Diane Webb, Kristin Whitman, Tom Wolff, John Zheng-Wu, Donald Walter, John A Zabilski.

I will be working on sending out pins to people who weren't there.  We have reasonably good data for people who have worked on the meetings for the past 10 years but we don't have much data on who was on other committees.  Please email to let us know of your committee participation so you can get a pin.

Here is a picture of one of our volunteers


Martha Yates                                                                                                                                   

MaxVal, a leading provider of IP management solutions based in Silicon Valley, will be exhibiting at the AIPLA 2018 Spring Meeting at Booth #1 , on May 15-17, 2018 (The Westin Seattle in Seattle, WA).

The AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) meeting usually draws a varied group of over 600 IP professionals for its Spring meeting,  to discuss and exchange views on best practices and issues in IP management, as well as to keep up with latest developments and trends in the IP domain. The Association also hosts different networking events for the attendees to build professional and business connections.

In this event, MaxVal will be exhibiting its latest applications and solutions including Symphony, an advanced Intellectual Assets Management platform trusted by SMBs and large corporations for its robustness and reliability in handling their complete IP lifecycle from invention capture, docketing to annuity management.

Bommi Bommannan, Founder and CEO of MaxVal Group, said “We hope that it is going to be a great opportunity to meet IP practitioners from law firms and corporations across different sectors, and learn about their challenges in managing intellectual assets”.

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,

Harrisonburg, VA - ConvergentAI is pleased to announce the release of PatentID™, a Learning AI Search Solution for the legal market, designed to deliver superior patent search, discovery and monitoring.

Patent exploration still revolves around searching specific terms to review narrow results, relying on the user to manually correlate across these results by iteratively refining and resubmitting new searches to form a complete picture. This approach requires understanding the technical vocabulary of the invention and finding the right combination of terms for the search engine to produce good results. The specificity of the terms limits the ability to find adjacent innovation, while changing terminology with new innovation limits how current the search will be.

Instead being limited to search keywords, PatentID™ continuously learns the Legal Professional’s interests through simple user interaction as they explore patents, creating an Interest Model on the correlation across them. Armed with the breadth of the users Interest Model, the AI system continuously recommends patents related to those interests, along with a relevancy score for each. This continuous learning and recommendation model reduces the dependency on technical vocabulary, handles changes in terminology from new innovation and finds adjacent areas of invention even if they are in different classes. The result is a more efficient and complete search.

ConvergentAI is pleased to be speaking about AI’s ability to improve Patent Search at this year’s Patent Information Users Group Annual Conference in DC on Wednesday May 9th. The talk is titled AI meets IP: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Improved Patent Search. More information about the PIUG 2018 meeting can be found here

ABOUT: ConvergentAI provides predictive analytic solutions to improve business results. Our solutions are based on Swarm Intelligence; our proprietary AI/ML engine that was built from the ground up to deliver superior pattern recognition and event prediction on complex, heterogeneous, dynamically changing data. Our solutions deliver results where traditional AI/ML has been limited without complex data science. Please contact us to learn more about our Learning AI Search solution. E: W:

STN e-Seminar in May 2018

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminars in May -


Title: Automating Searching with STNextTM: Part 2 – Introduction to Basic Scripting

Abstract: Scripts allow you to automate searches by encoding the full STN command language, assigning variables and allowing for user prompts. This e-Seminar will outline the benefits of STN scripts and its applications; for e.g., automating searches and creating powerful semi-automatic alerts and analyses. As a result of this presentation, you will be able generate your own basic scripts for automating searches in STNext.


Date: May 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

6:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)


Date: May 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

11:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)


To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.