Blog from September, 2019

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in October –

Title: Surfactants and Detergents on STN

Abstract: This session will explore how surfactants are covered in the CAS and Derwent suite of databases. The rules for indexing of individual surfactant classes in these databases will be discussed on the basis of examples. Aspects covered in these databases on STN include preparation, chemistry, and use of surfactants. We will also present examples for controlled terminology and Manual Codes useful for searching detergents and surfactants. A search example including structure searching, multi-file patent retrieval and exporting results containing hit structures will be part of this e-seminar.

Date: October 24, 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: October 24, 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.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to and participated in the NE Conference.  From the volunteers to the sponsors, speakers and attendees - thank you for making this meeting a success!  You will be receiving an email with the link to the evaluation form.  Please consider filling out the form.  If you'd prefer, you are more than welcome to send feedback directly to me (  We are always looking for ways to improve the conference and your honest, candid feedback is always appreciated.

Shelley Pavlek

Search Techniques for 21st Century Therapeutics and Technologies

Now in its fourteenth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. Within a changing business environment, patent searchers continue to provide value to companies and clients by maintaining contemporary knowledge of resources, technologies and industry trends.

The program committee is interested in receiving submissions by November 1, 2019 on the following suggested topics associated with the theme.  The theme is meant to inspire but not to limit topic selection - all topics related to biotechnology patent information research listed below will be considered. 

  • Cell and gene therapy including sequences, vector, delivery mechanisms, manufacturing/production, formulations and targeted indications
  • Presentations on scientific resources that will help biotech patent searchers develop and maintain their scientific knowledge and searching skills. Topic themes include technology platforms, biosimilars, including exclusivity information and the BPCIA “patent dance”, multi-valent antibodies as well as modifications, digital health including wearable devices, therapeutic vaccines, unitary patent, gene editing (CRISPR), CDR searching, combination therapeutics, advanced sequence  searching, biosensors, medical devices and diagnostics.
  • The use of computer assisted searching such as text mining, machine learning or artificial intelligence in biotech patent searching
  • How changes in the law or regulatory procedures impact biotech patent searching
  • The use of patent information as a pre-competitive intelligence tool, intellectual property valuation studies, in licensing/out licensing opportunity identification and patent landscaping
  • Practical suggestions to illustrate these themes are as follows: 
    • Best practices in constructing patent search strategies, reporting formats, and use of new tools for the organization/management of patent alerts/watches
    • Showcase methods for effective client engagement, user experience, attorney outreach and time management
    • The incorporation use cases in the academic, corporate and other sectors
    • Examples of how a work product supports or is a component of business decisions
    • Review the use of patent information as a competitive intelligence resource
    • Approaches to fostering continuous improvement, i.e., use of analytical &/or visualization applications, implementing quality control guidelines, team collaboration and knowledge sharing practices.

Follow us on Twitter at #PIUG20BIO

In addition, as always, we would be interested in presentations about a specific search scenario with the strategy described, databases used, results identified, or other tips and tricks.

Interested speakers should submit the following to Greg Roland (gregory.roland at novartis dot com) and Ellen Sherin (ellen.sherin at aptean dot com) by November 1, 2019:

  1. Proposed speaker name
  2. Brief biography
  3. Full contact information
  4. Presentation title Abstract (100 – 200 words)

If you are interested in submitting a paper but need extra time to obtain your management approval, please let us know by the October 25, 2019 deadline and if possible provide the topic title &/or a few sentences that we can consider in the interim.

  • The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the PIUG web site and related media, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.
  • If you would like to recommend a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact the PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Conference organizers, listed below, with your views.

Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the upcoming PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference web page. 

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Conference! 

The PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Program Committee:

Greg Roland
Ellen Sherin
Qin Meng

PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Planning Committee Chair:

Alison Taylor
Qin Meng


Jordan Bell
Barbara Miller


To support the President’s Management Agenda to leverage federal data into strategic assets, the USPTO Midwest Regional Office is hosting a Patent Open Data conference with the aim to help the public more effectively use and integrate patent information into their business.  This conference will focus on helping users access USPTO data, systems and tools, and discuss emerging trends and best practices.

For more information about USPTO Open Data, please see:

When: Tuesday October 22nd, 2019  (Exact hours to following in formal Eventbrite invitation)

Where: Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 300 River Place South, #2900, Detroit, MI 48207

Remote:  Based on your interest and feedback, we may include the possibility to participate and present via WebEx.


Hands On:   Bring your laptop with data analytic tools

    • Tell your friends


Topics: Potential topics include a list of existing USPTO data sources, APIs, examples, and white papers.

The USPTO Midwest Region Open Data Conference program will highlight the latest technologies, regulatory issues, and trends in Open Data through case studies and real life customer perspectives. To learn more about USPTO Open Data resources, visit:

We are particularly interested in highlighting successful implementations in the following subjects/topics:

  • Integration of USPTO data into product development, marketing, business development, or planning
  • Integration of USPTO data with other data sources
  • Problems with existing USPTO data structure
  • Wants for future USPTO information and systems


Call for Speakers Now Open – We Want To Hear From You!

Interested In Speaking?

Contact:  Jennifer Rempfer at 313-446-6516

                  Please describe your proposed topic and provide a short bio

Speaker Requirements:

  • Speakers must adhere 100% to our "NO COMMERCIALISM" policy. 
    If you cannot avoid commercialism, please do not agree to speak.
  • Speakers must share their information in an educational, 
    non-commercial and non-self-promotional manner.
  • Speakers must provide session description for the conference web site.

Thank you for your interest in our Open Data Conference.  We will be sending a formal invitation and request for replies in the coming weeks.   


       Damian Porcari

       Regional Director

       Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office