Blog from July, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Program for the PIUG 2019 NE Conference - Navigating Patent Information In A Flat World.  The conference will be held Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge.  Please visit the Overview page for registration information.

We’d like to ask you to share this conference information with colleagues and other professional organizations of which you are a member and through professional social networking forums such as LinkedIn and Twitter.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Shelley Pavlek, on behalf of the Program Committee

Good afternoon,

I'm hoping someone would be able to confirm or correct my understanding of grant dates for Japanese patents. The face of a published granted JP patent has two dates that are relevant to this question on it: INID code 24 - Date from which industrial property rights may have effect; and INID code 45 - Date of making available to the public by printing or similar process of a patent document on which grant has taken place on or before the said date (emphasis mine).

Am I correct in thinking that the grant date for a JP patent coincides with the INID code 24 date (aka Certificate of Patent), and NOT the publication date of the granted patent?

I notice Korean granted patents also have different dates in the INID codes 24 and 45. Is this similarly interpreted?

Are there any other jurisdictions that have different dates for the official grant date (INID 24) and the publication date of the grant (INID 45).

Many thanks in advance!

Definition of INID codes from

PIUG is co-sponsoring a symposium at the 2019 Fall American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego.  This session is part of the ACS's Chemical Information Division program, and is 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.  Speakers will include PIUG members Stephen Adams, Edlyn Simmons, Ian Weatherbee and John Zabilski, as well as patent attorneys representing the legal aspects of patentability.

Our session will be held at the Omni San Diego Hotel the morning of Sunday, August 25.  You can register for a single day if you can't attend the whole 5-day conferencee.  Register at  

We are thrilled to announce that the second annual Patent Olympiad will take place October 27-29 in Bucharest, Romania. The competition is right before the EPO's Patent Information conference, at the same location, so one could combine the two events for outstanding networking, learning and competing!

Registration to the Patent Olympiad includes:

  • an optional (but fun!) meet and greet event on October 27 with a bit of sightseeing
  • one entry in the competition proper (the Exam) on October 28
  • admission to the awards presentation for Patent Olympiad on October 29, to be held during EPOPIC 2019 (details TBD)

You'll have a chance to meet your fellow research enthusiasts from around the world and share your love of patent research. Then you'll get to pit your skills against your peers in a tough but lighthearted competition for patent research glory. 

Last year, the competition brought together 21 participants from 10 different countries and we had a blast together.

The Patent Olympiad will be arranged in a three-part format.

  1. Invalidity search – you’ll have to find prior art for a given fictional patent 
  2. Prior art search – you’ve got to craft a search strategy
  3. Multiple choice - patent-related questions.

All of these challenges have been devised by our fiendish Quizmasters (Catherine Chiba , Linus Wretblad , Dr Nigel S. Clarke , Guido Moradei and Andrea Davis ) who have been dragooned from all corners of the world to give you a hard time :)

The seats are limited, so head over to our registration page and sign-up! If you have any questions, send an email to

The purpose of the vacancy announcement is to identify a consultant who would prepare a feasibility study on a certification scheme for staff of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).

We are writing to your association in particular due to its experience in establishing certification programs closely related to the work of TISCs.

The vacancy announcement, including background information, expected deliverables, and applicant requirements, can be found at:  The URL for the vacancy announcement is:]

More information about TISCs can be found at:

The deadline for applications is August 9, 2019 (EOB).

At this time, the PIUG Collaboration with EPO and WIPO on Facilitating Access to Worldwide Patent Information has finished preparing the updates to the Patent Office Resources page on the PIUG wiki. The page contains links and high-level summaries of the information available on the EPO and WIPO websites. Suggestions on additional quick guides for Patent Registers from other countries and/or patenting authorities of interest to be included in this PIUG wiki page are most welcome. Please contact @Cynthia Barcelon Yang or @Cynthia Gallagher with any suggestions.

STN e-Seminar in July

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in July -


Title: Legal Status Information on INPADOC

Abstract: The International Patent Documentation file (INPADOC) is a global collection of bibliographic and legal status information. The INPADOC database is produced by the European Patent Office (EPO), enhanced by FIZ Karlsruhe editorial team, and provided in two enhanced versions on STN: INPADOCDB in which one patent application represents one record, and INPAFAMDB, in which one global patent family represents one record.

In this e-seminar, we will provide a short introduction to INPADOC on STN, including an overview about the content and the database organization, and will present the legal status data of INPADOC in more detail. The STN implementation of INPADOC with two files allows efficient searching, from broad to highly granular. We will illustrate this by discussing different case studies, e.g. searching for country specific information from EP and PCT applications, searching for SPC information and discuss recent coverage extensions for pre-grant legal status information from US.

This e-Seminar will be of interest to those new on STN and also to more experienced searchers looking to update and refresh their INPADOC skills on STN.

Date: July 25, 2019

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: July 25, 2019

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.