Blog from February, 2019

STN e-Seminar in March 2019

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in March -


Title: Automating Searches with STN: Part 3 – Monitoring a Large Number of Structures or Patent Numbers

Abstract: The scripting feature is a powerful search tool unique to STN which is mainly used by experts to automate the STN retrieval. Scripts support your daily workflow when developing and sharing search strategies with colleagues and for running highly customized alerts. Scripts could also function as search assistants for less experienced users.
In this e-seminar, we will briefly refresh the basic script commands and introduce you to advanced scripting capabilities. You will learn how to set up a sophisticated monitoring solution, allowing you to monitor multiple structures or patent numbers in the CAS, Derwent, and INPADOC suite of databases by just starting a single master script.

This course is targeted for

- Everyone who would like to see the possibilities of the STN script language especially for structure searches (Our Search Service can be commissioned to generate such scripts for your specific purpose).

- Users with first experiences with scripts on STNext who would like to set up such scripts themselves. As a refresher we recommend to watch the e-seminar “Automating Searches with STN: Part 2 - Introduction to Basic Scripting.”

A general script template can be obtained from us after the session.


Date: March 21, 2019

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

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

10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

9:00 am Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

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


Date: March 21, 2019

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

6:00 pm GMT Standard 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.


The PIUG 2019 NE Conference will take place September 23 – September 25, 2019.  The conference will be held at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.  Volunteer opportunities are still available.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

PIUG is co-sponsoring a symposium at the 2019 Fall American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego.  This session will be part of the ACS's Chemical Information Division program, and will be called Nothing New Under the Sun: The Practical Challenges of Patent Novelty Searching.”  This symposium will explore the issue of universal novelty particularly for the US inventor who is used to a grace period.  There will be a discussion of all the forms of non-patent literature which fall within the scope of this, such as conventional or open access journals, preprints, conference proceedings, collected works/secondary and tertiary literature, grey literature, social media, non-text media such as images and video. 

The format of the symposium will be 20 to 30 minute talks (including time for questions and answers).

Please let Stephen Adams or me know if  you’re interested in speaking, and we will provide you with all the necessary details and hints on preparing a talk, and answer any questions you may have.

While there is plenty of time to prepare your talk, the deadline for submission of abstracts is March 18th. So if you are interested please let one of us know as soon as possible.

In case you are curious, the full CINF program is summarized at

Abstracts can be submitted at  As members of PIUG, you should mark your submission to be an invited paper.

Please be aware that ACS requires speakers to register for at least one day of the conference - registration fees are not waived for speakers.  

Report shows that women still comprise a small minority of patented inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist shows that women still comprise a small minority of patented inventors and highlights an untapped potential of women to spur innovation in the United States.

The report delivers several important findings, including:

  • The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016.
  • Even with this increase in patent counts, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016.
  • Gains in female participation in science and engineering occupations and entrepreneurship are not leading to broad increases in female inventors earning a patent.
  • Technology-intensive states, as well as those where women comprise a large percentage of the state’s overall workforce, show higher rates of women inventors.
  • Women inventors are increasingly concentrated in specific technologies, suggesting that women are specializing in areas where female predecessors have traditionally patented rather than entering into male-dominated fields.
  • Women are increasingly likely to patent on large, gender-mixed inventor teams, and are less likely than men to be an individual inventor on a granted patent.

“It is important for the United States to broaden its innovation ecosphere demographically, geographically, and economically,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu. “America needs more inventors participating in the many benefits U.S. patents can provide. The USPTO will continue to push the national dialogue on this issue and do what we can to spur real change.”

“Women inventors have made and continue to make key contributions,” said Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter. “We look forward to working with industry, academia, and other government agencies to identify ways to increase the number of women inventors in all sectors of our economy.” **

The full report can be found online at

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive email updates from our Subscription Center at

** Laura Peter will be the keynote speaker at the PIUG 2019 Annual Conference in May.

We are excited to announce for the PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference that Workshops will be held on an additional day this year!  On Tuesday February 19 we have a full day of workshops hosted by our Sponsors: aptean GenomeQuest, BizInt Smart Charts, STN, Minesoft, and Questel.  Thursday February 21 features workshops by USPTO Examiners and returning speaker Dr. David Osterbur of Harvard Medical School.  Registration is free and open to anyone.  Hurry and sign up, its only 2 weeks away!

PIUG Biotechnology Workshop Committee


Dear fellow PIUG members,

please find below a reminder of the application period for Prior Experience Recognition for Qualified Patent Information Professional:

Attention all professional patent information searchers and analysts residing in Europe or the United States!!

Do you have 10 years or more experience searching and analysing patent information, mentoring patent searchers or outsourcing and overseeing patent information related work with at least 60% of your time spent on these activities?

If so, you right now have the opportunity to be registered as a Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) based on prior experience recognition (PER) (aka grand-parenting). Applications from US and European residents will be accepted until the 11th of March 2019.  A call for applications from residents of other countries will be announced in due course.

Why should I apply for PER?

All professions have a set of credentials and some form of professional registration that communicates to the public that what they do is important and requires experience, a high degree of skill and up-to-date knowledge.  Professional patent searchers and analysts currently don't have such a registration system.  When a new employer or a new client is confronted with the choice of who to engage, registration can be an important determinant. It instantly tells the person that you have met the registration requirements and that you are part of a profession that has a set of standards.  Do you really want to be the one, who in hindsight, wishes you had applied while the opportunity existed?  After the 11th of March 2019, applications for PER will no longer be accepted from European and US residents.  The time to act is now!!

What are some of the requirements?

In exchange for not having to sit the examinations to become a QPIP, you may be called upon to serve on a committee or become involved in developing and teaching accredited courses or you may choose to attend and evaluate existing courses that are being considered for accreditation.  Your expertise will be greatly valued and at the same time you will be earning Continued Professional Development points.  You will also be lending a hand as this is a not-for-profit and entirely volunteer driven initiative created for patent information professionals by patent information professionals.  It is estimated that you will spend between 3-10 hours or possibly more per month depending on the level of activity required.  If you find that you are unable to answer the call for whatever reason, you will be excused from participating, but you can only decline two calls before losing your registration.  For more details about the PER requirements, please see Rules 18 and 19 available at

For a copy of the application form and other details concerning your application, please visit and the FAQs at:

Apply now and join many of your peers who are working in industry, academia, law firms, government and professional search service companies and who have already applied!


Bernd Wolter (secretary)

on behalf of the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals