Blog from January, 2019

PIUG, Inc., The International Society for Patent Information, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award are now being accepted. The deadline for applying for the PIUG Brian Stockdale Memorial Award is February 22, 2019. If you've previously applied for the award and believe you still qualify, you are welcome to update the essay you submitted earlier so you can be considered for the 2019 award.

Award Package
The award covers membership in PIUG for the current year, conference and workshop registration, and standard travel expenses up to an amount not exceeding $2000, to assist the award recipient in attending the PIUG Annual Conference, an International Conference for Patent Information Professionals. This award is generously underwritten by Clarivate Analytics, Technology & Patent Research International, Magister Ltd, Serco IP Services, Vingyani Data Science Consulting, and PIUG.

This award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Brian Stockdale who travelled extensively throughout the world imparting his knowledge of patent searching. Brian's career encompassed positions with Derwent (now Clarivate Analytics), SmithKline Beecham, and Technology and Patent Research International. As Brian was so well known internationally and trained many patent information professionals, his work was highly regarded. Brian always relished each new search as a challenge and loved working with the people in this industry. Brian is dearly remembered by his friends and colleagues most of all for his dry wit, keen intellect, and ease of meeting people and socializing wherever he went. This is our tribute to his personal dedication in training colleagues, particularly those new to the field of patent searching.

Award Selection Process
The award recipient will be new to the patent information profession, with less than 3 years total work experience in the field of patent information. Alternately, the recipient will be a student currently enrolled in a college or university with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in patents, preferably a career in patent information.

Potential candidates must submit a short essay, not to exceed 500 words, describing their professional or educational interests, as well as their need for financial assistance with respect to conference attendance. Submissions must include the candidate's name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address as well as a description of his or her patent information experience and current employer/university name and address.

This year a new award committee consisting of Ken Koubek, Tony Trippe, Andrea Davis, and Dominic DeMarco will be selecting the award winner.

Essays must be sent to on or before February 22, 2019. The award recipient will be notified on or before March 8, 2019. The award recipient will be recognized during the PIUG Annual Meeting in Alexandria, VA, being held May 4-9, 2019.

STN Sequence workshop

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following sequence searching workshop -


Title: Sequence Searching in STNext® Workshop


Abstract: STN is hosting a sequence searching in STNext workshop in conjunction with the 2019 PIUG Biotechnology Conference. This workshop will include a primer on STNext, and will show you step-by-step how to search for biosequences in the various sequence searchable databases on STN (REGISTRY®, DGENE®, USGENE and PCTGEN.) Bring your laptop – there will be time to run your own searches on our demo passwords so that you can get comfortable in searching sequences on STN.


February 19, 2019

8:30 – 10:30 am EST

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.

Cambridge, MA 02141


This workshop is free but registration is required. To register, please visit



Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

STN e-Seminar in February 2019

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following e-Seminar in February -


Title: Multifile Structure Searching on STNext®– Why is it Important? – How is it Done?


Abstract: This session will explore the benefits of multi-file structure searching on STNext. The presentation will explain why various indexing policies, document coverage and other differences require searches in the Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR) and Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) databases, plus the CAS REGISTRY and MARPAT databases for comprehensiveness. It will also show strategies on how to edit structures to focus the searches to specific databases. The session will illustrate how to deal efficiently with the results, and identification and-or removal of duplicates.


Date: February 28, 2019

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)

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


Date: February 28, 2019

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 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.

How to search efficiently in the growing amount of patent data from Asia and beyond? How to keep track of changes in the IP legislation? Visit the EPO’s annual “East meets West” forum and stay in the race!

During our two-day conference, we will address these and other issues in an informal atmosphere together with users and patent office delegates from all over the world. Use this opportunity to get an update on  

  • IP Courts in China – recent improvements
  • Detecting data from ASEAN member states
  • Validation states – Cambodia, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia

Learn from the experts in the plenary and smaller workshops and share experiences with delegates from patent offices, agencies, academia and industry. Get an update on new trends on the patent information market during a poster session and exhibitor presentations. There will be plenty of room for one-on-one discussions and networking.

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

It might be interesting for patent searchers to review patent  attorneys' view on  requirement of  patent searches which they commission to us and how they analyze patent search results.

Conducting and Analyzing Patent Searches

Strategies for Validity, Patentability, Infringement, FTO and State-of-the-Art Searches

A live 90-minute premium CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, February 1, 2019  ($297)


"Counsel must formulate a strategic approach for the different type of searches recited above. Whether designing or commissioning a search, patent counsel needs to evaluate the scope and timing of the patent search given the ultimate objective. There should be a plan in place to tackle the issues of what, when and where for effecting validity or freedom to operate searches, among others.

Further, counsel must be able to analyze and assess the search results to take the proper steps for a successful patent application, patent challenges and due diligence.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys examines when, how, where and why to conduct various patent searches, including validity, patentability, infringement, ownership, and FTO. The panel will discuss the differences and nuances in the different searches. The panel will also discuss the analysis and reporting of search results and offer best practices for conducting and analyzing patent searches to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your patent objectives....

See Outline in the original post. Faculty includes Thomas L. Irving,  Partner of Finnegan Henderson and 2 other attorneys, one with hand-on experience in patent searching.

While I am not expect that many PIUG members (or their employee) would be paying for this webinar, it would interesting to have more such attorney's presentations at PIUG meetings.

There are links for presentations of the 2015 and 2916 webinars on the same subject (with Thomas L. Irving  and different panelists).

Materials of this 2019 seminar is expected to be posted on Stafford web-site after seminar completion

Note: It is worthwhile to review at Stafford web-site materials of some other of 194 patent-law related webinars (2007-2019) which are related to patent searching:  Program materials of past seminars are searchable at Google, use, for example, the following query: search OR searches patent OR FTO OR "prior art"

See also information on another pending webinar: Blocking Patents: Impact of Acorda Therapeutics on Obviousness Analysis. Non-Obviousness and Commercial Success, Cross Licensing, Searches (Jan. 31, 2019) ...The panel will also address how the decision impacts the obviousness analyses, licensing, and invalidity/validity/opposition searches (no materials have posted yet)

Best Regards,

Aleksandr Belinskiy,

Arlington, VA

Welcome to 2019!  PIUG has lots of exciting events planned for this year.  The PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference is coming up fast February 19-21.  Please have a look and register soon. 

Registration for the  PIUG 2019 Annual Conference will be opening very soon.  We have some exciting opportunities this year.  On Saturday May 4 will be Patent Basics training and Patent Search Fundamentals training.  This is an abbreviated version of our full training.  Sunday will be the usual vendor workshops, business meeting, and opening reception.  Monday will be the usual plenary with the keynote speaker from the USPTO and the day will end with a workshop from the USPTO and EPO on the future of the CPC.  The gala dinner will be in the evening.  Tuesday will have a panel discussion on some joint projects with the EPO, WIPO and PIUG.  The day will end with a workshop from EPO.  Wednesday, the plenary will end at lunch and there will be a choice of three workshops in the afternoon.  Thursday will be the STN Patent Forum as usual.  Keep an eye on PIUG 2019 Annual Conference Overview web page for more information as it becomes available.

Don't forget the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award this year.  We modified the requirements some to make it easier to apply. () The deadline is March 22.

Our first webinar series will be starting in a couple of weeks.  Tony Trippe will be talking about patent analytics (Patent Analytics Webinars).  We expect this to be the first offering of webinars for our members.

Thank you to all the volunteers that make these great events happen.  I hope to see many of you at the annual meeting.  As always, please contact me if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Happy 2019

Martha Yates

Hello all,

We've just released our annual analysis of US patent Top 50 assignees and trends report.

New this year, we calculated the world's largest patent owners, including subsidiaries, as a point in time report on December 31, 2018. There is also an interactive version of the Top 1000 US assignees which allows users to sort and filter the list, creating custom views. 


Catherine Suski, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services

STN e-Seminar in Januray 2019

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following e-Seminar in January -


Title: Now on STNext®  : Biosequence Searching on STN – Comprehensive and Precise


Abstract: STN offers multiple sequence databases, with unsurpassed content covering nucleotide and amino acid sequences from patents and scientific literature around the world. Now STNext - the new STN gateway - provides the tools to precisely search for sequence queries according your search scope.

This e-seminar will introduce sequence searching in STNext and will demonstrate a comprehensive and precise multi-database search including:

* Short overview of the different sequence databases on STN
* How to navigate STNext for Sequence Searching
* General workflow for multi-file Sequence Searching
* BLAST® searches in DGENE (Derwent Geneseq™), PCTGEN and USGENE®, merging and sorting of results
* Different methods for removing duplicates

The use of different sources, as shown in this example, guarantees a comprehensive result for making fundamental decisions in your industry. This session is for experienced searchers who would like to start using STNext for bio-sequence searching as well as for novice searchers.


Date: January 24, 2019

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)

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


Date: January 24, 2019

7:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+02.00)

6:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT+01:00)

1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

12:00 pm Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

10:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)



To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,



 Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

Dear all, 

This is to inform you that we have now uploaded all online content – final programme, biographies and abstracts of speakers for the upcoming IC-SDV 2019 on  8. and 9. April and the VantagePoint and BizInt Smart Charts Analytics and Visualization Meeting on 10. April 2019.

The Programme is published @ ->

The  IC-SDV meeting takes place in Nice in April 2019 for an intensive three days. New venue is the Hotel Aston in central Nice. The meeting provides an international forum for those in the field of advanced search applications, data and text mining, and visualization technology. The primary focus is on tools for intelligence and the meeting examines the requirements of specialists in scientific and technical information. A new focus is on Machine Learning, Machine Translation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning in the area of Scientific Information.

The VantagePoint and BizInt Smart Charts - 2019 Analytics and Visualization Meeting - will follow the 2019 IC-SDV Conference on 10. April in Nice. Hosted by Search Technology and BizInt Solutions, this one-day meeting will focus on creating effective reports and visualizations to support decision making, and will feature user case studies, product updates, and two tracks of workshops.  The meeting is designed for current and prospective users of VantagePoint or BizInt Smart Charts.

Good news – we have extended our special offer: Companies that register 3 people from the same firm will only pay for two. Bookings for multiple attendees must be received at the same time and be invoiced on the same invoice. Multiple bookings can be done online or ask for the booking by contacting or

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

I am looking forward to seeing you in nice Nice and wish you a good start into the new year.

Kind regards

Christoph Haxel