Blog from December, 2018

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference

Tuesday, February 19 - Thursday, February 21, 2019 


Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 02141


The PIUG Biotechnology conference overview and preliminary program is live!  Click here to register NOW for discounted Early Bird rates which end Sunday, January 13, 2019.  The majority of the workshops have been announced, watch for updates to our pages and future emails.  We have extended the conference thru 12:30 PM, Thursday to accommodate all of the workshops including two by the USPTO and one from Harvard Library.  Links to vendor workshop registrations will be added as they are received as well as a link to the workshop from Harvard.

Hurry and book your hotel room as the conference rate of $129/night expires Tuesday, January 19, 2019!  The location is convenient to public transportation and downtown Boston and the accommodations are quite nice.  

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference Planning Committee

** Just published is a Supplementary issue devoted to 'The Best of Search Matters'  . It derives from workshops and presentations from the EPO's Search Matters two day training events held from 2012-2016.   The 15 articles are all 'open access' and freely available to all courtesy of the EPO.  We hope that these papers will provide a very useful theoretical training resource for those engaged with patentability searching, and a useful reference for those filing patents at the EPO, and / or opposing patents at the EPO!

** The second special issue entitled ' Advanced Analytics of Intellectual Property Information for TechMining' stems from the 2017 Global Tech Mining Conference held in Atlanta and is co-edited with Alan Porter and Denise Chiavetta:

Happy reading!  

Do get in touch with Martin, Mihai or me if you would like to get more involved with WPI by becoming and author, reviewer, or to propose any Special Issues for WPI. 

Follow us on twitter @WPIJournal

The new version of Intellogist is getting closer.  The WIPO folks have asked us to start updating the database reports.  They have sent me a list of databases to start with and a format for preparing the reports.  I am looking for some volunteers to help with this and future updating of information.  I am guessing that it will be a few hours a month until we get a good base of information going.  I am hoping for a dedicated core group with other people recruited as necessary.  Please send me a note at if you are interested in helping with this project.

We hope to have enough to show at the annual meeting in May.

Martha Yates

The initial invitation is restricted to patent information professionals who reside either in the United States of America or in Europe (i.e. any European country that is a member state or extension state of the European Patent Organisation)(*). There will be no further opportunities to apply for Prior Experience Recognition for people who reside in Europe or the USA. After the closing date, one can only become QPIP by successfully passing the examination.
(*)This regional limitation is applied because the ISBQPIP will have limited capacity to receive applications. It is planned that later a similar opportunity will be provided for other countries.

The window is now open and will only last until March 11, 2019 (11:59 pm Central European Time). This is the only time US and European patent searchers can be grandfathered into the certification! 

Here are some requirements:

Minimum work experience requirements: At the time of applying for PER status, the applicant must have at least ten (10) years of work experience with at least 60% of that time spent on searching patent information or a combination of searching and mentoring or a combination of searching and outsourcing or a combination of searching and overseeing search work of others according to the definitions in RULE 4.2.

Minimum technical qualification requirement: At the time of applying for PER status, the candidate must have: (1) At least a scientific, engineering or technical Bachelor Degree of three (3) year or four (4) year program duration in a technical field as defined in any publicly available edition of the patent classification system that is administered by the World Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the DPMA (German Patent and Trade Mark Office), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office or any other national patent office; or (2) At least a technical qualification in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.5e(1) wherein the technical qualification was conferred by a university, technical university, technical high school, vocational college, higher technical college or institute, school of engineering, or any similar establishment and the qualification is deemed equivalent to a Bachelor Degree by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education; or (3) At least ten (10) years of experience working in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.5e(1).

More information can be found in the QPIP Rules and the PER Page.

Apple have recently been granted US9838775 for Earbuds with biometric sensing.

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This patent has a priority date of Sep 2015, and has 73 patent citations.

But was the prior art search complete? What can we learn in a two minute search on Ambercite?

This is a great case study for the new save and share function for Ambercite.

To get straight to the results, check out the fully interactive results link found here:  

And to find out where the two minutes went, check out the process as described here.

Surprised that prior art searching can be that simple? Well, this could be a reason why the likes of major patent owners such as Daimler, Nestle, Siemens, Stripe etc, recognise the value that the unique Ambercite AI search engine can bring to their patent searching processes.