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Thank you very much to the 116 of you who replied to the conference survey.  Here are some key thoughts that came out of it.  There was a pretty even split between having the annual conference in Washington DC every year and moving it around with a fair number of people suggesting that we have it in DC every other year.  There wasn’t much consensus on the question of what to do with the Biotech and Northeast conferences.  There does seem to be some support for shortening the annual conference somewhat.  People think the conferences are a good value.  People like the workshops but there were several calls for no overlapping workshops.  People were wonderful enough to provide lots of suggestions.  There were some definite themes.  One is that people want practical talks with case studies that help them get their job done.  People want fewer vendor talks particularly if those talks sound like sales pitches.  This actually goes for the workshops as well.  People prefer a useful workshop rather than a sales workshop.  There were several suggestions for more free time and more fun.  There were a couple of suggestions to have more breakout group discussions.  Several people suggested broadening our topics beyond chemistry and pharma.  We have been trying to do that but we need to go further.  Overall the respondents liked our conferences and the group.  Networking was a key feature of the conferences that was mentioned and appreciated.

I am hoping to incorporate some of these suggestions into the 2018 annual conference.  We have instituted a two-year planning cycle for the annual conference location which should help us have more options available.  In 2019 we should be able to shorten the annual conference some.  It is never too late to send me your suggestions for the conferences (they are just less anonymous).

Thank you again to everyone who participated.

Martha Yates

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Dear Patent Information Colleagues:

Reserve your place today at the 15th annual International Patent Information Conference & Exposition, IPI-ConfEx, taking place 4-7 March 2018 in Lisbon Portugal.  Registration is now open!

Register by 30 November and Save 200€: Act now to save 200€ on the registration rate to attend the 2018 IPI-ConfEx in Lisbon. The Super Early Bird registration discount is only available until 30 November. Easy, online registration is available now – click here for more details and to register. 

Group discounts also available. Group rates are also available for three or more delegates from the same site location. Please contact admin@ipi-institute.com for more details.

The highly regarded IPI-ConfEx continues its tradition of highlighting best practices in patent information management and searching techniques.  Hear presentations from your patent information peers, participate in interactive sessions and learn practical information that you can take back and apply in your workplace. 


  Join us for three days of patent information training and knowledge enrichment.


  Below is a preview of the 2018 IPI-ConfEx programme:
 
The conference will feature three 90 minute IPI Skills Development Tutorials on the following subjects:
  1. An Update on European Patent Law for Patent Information Professionals Including Recent Developments Regarding Brexit and the Unitary Patent, presented by Noel J. Akers, European and UK Patent Attorney, NJ Akers & Co.

  2. Freedom to Operate Searching Fundamentals and Advanced Topics - Best Practices Explained Using Case Studies, presented by Dr. Monika Hanelt, Patent Information Manager, Agfa NV.

  3. Opposition and Invalidity Searching - How Patent Offices Look to Novelty and Inventive Step, What is Needed to Invalidate a Patent, and Guidelines for Setting up Search Strategies. presented by Aalt van de Kuilen, Patent Information Services B.V.  

    Both Monika and Aalt have extensive experience training patent information professionals so we are delighted to have them at this conference. 

 The conference will also feature the highly regarded IPI MasterClass by Stephen Adams entitled:

Free to Operate -  but When?  A look at post-grant amendments in major jurisdictions, what can happen after a patent is granted, and how to find out about the changes.

 
The European Patent Office will provide three speakers.  Jutta Hausser will present a workshop on legal status data provided by Asian national registers.  Christian Soltmann will discuss INPADOC worldwide legal event data and Heiko Wongel will provide patent information survey results.
 
Bettina de Jong will provide an update on the Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) Certification Project.
    
Industry speakers will also be featured on various topics addressing key challenges facing patent information managers and search professionals including:
  • Practical Implications of Patent Families on Patent Analytics and Competitive Intelligence”, presented by Dr. Joakim Isaksson, Lead IP Analyst, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

  • Competitor Intelligence from Trademarks Data and its use to Add Value and Enhance Landscaping Activities”, presented by Susan Bates, Senior Patent Analyst, Shell International Ltd

  • Emerging Market Patent Information – a Comparison of Coverage in Databases and Patent Registers Using Data for Nine Countries and Five Vendors”, presented by Nicholas Cole, Senior Information Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline

  • And much more! 

For additional programme details, including presentation abstracts, please click here.

For general conference information, please visit http://www.ipi-confex.com/.

We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!


To stay more connected, join us on LinkedIn:

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 We hope to see you in Lisbon.


Lucy Antunes

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminars in December –

 

Title: Shifting to STNext made easy – LIVE online demonstration

 

Abstract: This E-Seminar supports your shift to STNext, and gives you an overview on all current features, including the recently added patent family manager. See how STNext makes your search life easier without missing the highly valued functionality of classic STN.
The live online demonstration will show all the functionality a searcher needs from handling the STN settings, to running ad hoc and pre-prepared searches as well as managing alerts (all alerts on your ID from classic STN are available on STNext) plus post-search capabilities on STNext. This e-Seminar is geared toward all STN searchers, regardless of level of expertise.

 

Date: December 14, 2017

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)

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

 

Date: December 14, 2017

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 Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT- 08:00)

 

To register for these events, please visit –

 

https://stnevents.webex.com/

 

Best regards,

Jim

 Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

Dear PIUG-Colleagues

Feedback from my first Patent Information Conference in India was very positive. I think that the programme was a great and excellent. All presentations form the Indian II-PIC are uploaded at:

http://www.haxel.com/ii-pic/2017/Programme/thursday-02-11-2017

http://www.haxel.com/ii-pic/2017/Programme/Friday-03-11-2017

After several discussions with speakers, attendees and exhibitors in Nice, Heidelberg and Bangalore I decided to combine the ICIC 2018 and the II-SDV 2018 to one conference. Next year there will be only one conference in Europe organized by Dr. Haxel Congress & Event Management. The IC-SDV – The International Conference for Search, Data and Text Mining and Visualization. The first decision I made was to acquire the domain: www.ic-sdv.com and I booked again the hotel Boscolo in Nice from 23rd to 24th April 2018. IC-SDV will combine the topics from the ICIC and II-SDV and we will focus in future more on trends in machine learning, artificial intelligence and text mining in the area of scientific and patent information. Please reserve the date: Sunday 22nd April – Wednesday 25th April 2018. The call for paper is open and more than 75 % of the exhibition is sold: CENTREDOC, Deep SEARCH 9,  IEEE/TSP Diffusion, Minesoft, Search Technology/VantagePoint, BizInt and Ontochem are exhibiting. There are only 3 slots for exhibitor available.

I am still looking for good speakers:

Some theme areas of particular interest for the 2018 Meeting are: 

  • ·         Joint presentations by a user with a vendor concerning new software implementation.
  • ·         Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Machine Translation and Deep Learning
  • ·         New tools for competitive intelligence.
  • ·         Developments in search engines, including personalization, recommendation engines, collaborative filtering.
  • ·         New visualization tools and mapping.
  • ·         New tools for analysing or manipulating big data, including news analysis.
  • ·         New data and text mining tools.
  • ·         Advances in text searching and analysis (such as patent, techno-economic and news searching), mining, mapping and analysis.User identification and testing of new information tools.
  • ·         Training and adaptation for new tools.

Super Early Bird Registration for 499 € is now open and Super Early Bird savings are available. http://www.haxel.com/ii-sdv/2018/registration

I am looking forward to seeing you in nice Nice.

Kind regards

Christoph

PRESS RELEASE
November 14, 2017
#17-05

CONTACT: (Media Only) Paul Fucito
(571) 272-8400 or paul.fucito@uspto.gov

 

USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The revised fee schedule is projected to recover the aggregate estimated cost of the USPTO’s patent operations, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) operations, and administrative services. The additional fee collections will support the USPTO’s progress toward its strategic goals like pendency and backlog reduction, patent quality enhancements, technology modernization, staffing optimization, and financial sustainability.  

In response to feedback from patent stakeholders, the USPTO altered several of the fee proposals presented in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). The key differences between the NPRM and the final rule are:  

  • In response to stakeholder concerns, the USPTO reduced both plant and design issue fees from the levels proposed in the NPRM. Still, the large entity plant issue fee increases to $800 (+$40) and the large entity design issue fee increases to $700 (+$140). Plant and design patents do not pay maintenance fees, and the majority of plant and design applicants are eligible for small and micro entity fee reductions, which remain available.
  • Stakeholder feedback suggested that increased appeal fees could discourage patent holders’ access to increasingly important USPTO appeal services. In response, the USPTO elected to maintain the existing Notice of Appeal fee at $800 instead of increasing it to $1,000 as proposed in the NPRM. Likewise, the fee for Forwarding an Appeal to the Board increases to $2,240 (+$240) instead of $2,500 as proposed in the NPRM. The revised fees still do not fully recover costs, but taken together should allow continued progress on reducing the backlog of ex parte appeals.  Since the 2013 patent fee rulemaking, ex parte appeal fees have enabled the PTAB to hire more judges and greatly reduce the appeals backlog, from nearly 27,000 in 2012 to just over 13,000 at the end of FY 2017. Additional appeals fee revenue will support further backlog and pendency reductions.
  • Increases to the PTAB AIA trial fees are aimed at better aligning these fees with the USPTO’s costs and aiding the PTAB to continue to meet required AIA deadlines. The Office’s costs for Inter Partes Review requests are consistently outpacing the fees collected for this service.  These fee adjustments seek to more closely align fees and costs. Trial fees and associated costs still remain significantly less than court proceedings for most stakeholders.
  • Inter Partes Review Request Fee – up to 20 Claims increases to $15,500 (+$6,500)
  • Inter Partes Review Post-Institution Fee - Up to 15 Claims increases to $15,000 (+$1,000)

Other fee changes proposed in the NPRM remain the same.

For the full list of the patent fees that are changing and more information on fee setting and adjusting at the USPTO, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/performance-and-planning/fee-setting-and-adjusting.

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive e-mail updates. Visit our Subscription Center at www.uspto.gov/subscribe.

 

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MaxVal is delighted to announce its participation in 4th Annual Corporate IP Strategy Conference (CIPSC) hosted by Unified Patents and the Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal.  The conference will be held on November 16, 2017 at Santa Clara University.

The CIPSC brings together the leading in-house counsel around the world to share their views and experiences on IP strategy and patent quality. CIPSC is an opportunity for the IP professionals to know about protecting and maintaining the quality of their IP assets.

As an exhibitor sponsor, MaxVal will demonstrate symphony® – an end-to-end intellectual asset management solution-- for companies to enable the IP counsel to make strategic data driven decisions.

“CIPSC is one of the IP events which helps IP professional to explore the IP strategy and patent quality. We are proud to be both an exhibitor and sponsoring organization for this event,” said D. Bommi Bommannan, Founder and CEO of MaxVal Group.

If you are attending this event and would like to know how you can achieve data driven outcomes optimization, contact bd@maxval.com to schedule a meeting with the MaxVal team.

About MaxVal Group, Inc.

MaxVal is a silicon valley-based tech-enabled managed solutions provider known for its cutting edge products and automated solutions. Since 2004, MaxVal has been providing technology-enabled solutions and expert services by partnering with patent counsel and patent operations teams to optimize patent lifecycle management with high levels of customer service.

Contact: Balakrishnan, 650-472-0644, bd@maxval.com

PRESS RELEASE 
November 6, 2017
#17-04

CONTACT: (Media Only) Paul Fucito
(571) 272-8400 or paul.fucito@uspto.gov

Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

 Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot Program aimed to optimize patent quality and timeliness.

 

Washington  – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing of bilateral Memoranda of Cooperation with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on October 1 and October 2, respectively. Mr. Matal signed the MOC’s with Dr. Sung Yunmo, Commissioner for the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and Ms. Naoko Munakata, Commissioner for the Japan Patent Office, to begin the second phase of the bilateral Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC’s were signed at bilateral meetings held on the margins of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) builds upon the successful first phase that was recently completed in the summer of 2017. The program is designed to provide the examiners with the best prior art by combining the search expertise of examiners at the USPTO and JPO or KIPO before issuing an office action in the patent application. The applications completed so far in the initial CSP program showed that all offices contributed relevant prior art to the prosecution history – with the result being a significant reduction in prosecution time and a substantially reduced need for Requests for Continued Examination to complete prosecution – with over a 90% allowance rate. The expanded version of the CSP program will build on these successes and continue to improve compact prosecution and enhance patent quality.

Beginning November 1, 2017, applicants wishing to take advantage of the benefits of the expanded CSP program will need to have unexamined corresponding counterpart applications in the USPTO and either/both KIPO and JPO. No-cost petitions need to be filed in the USPTO and at the desired partner Office(s), in accordance with their rules. Acceleration of examination of the applications in the Offices will take place once the petitions are granted. The Offices will simultaneously search and examine their respective application and will exchange and evaluate these results prior to the Offices sending an action to the applicant. An applicant can take advantage of both bilateral agreements simultaneously with the same USPTO application. 

Improvements made in this version of the CSP program include removing the dependence on the First Action Interview (FAI) program, incorporation of references cited by partner offices in the First Action on the Merits (FAOM), a further reduction in the time from petition grant to FAOM, and reducing the requirement for claims correspondence to be limited to independent claims. There is a limit of 400 applications per year for each agreement.

 “Collaboration with our partner offices has demonstrated that coordinating our examination efforts provides significant benefits to all parties – Offices and applicants alike. I look forward to seeing this program expand and become a strategy for applicants who file multinationally,” said Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Offices will continue working together to implement the expanded CSP program which began accepting petitions on November 1, 2017 and will continue accepting petitions for three years. Further details of the expanded CSP program is available in a recent Federal Register Notice(link is external) and on the CSP web site.

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive e-mail updates. Visit our Subscription Center at www.uspto.gov/subscribe.


Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminars in November  –

 

Title: Licensing and Company-related Information – A Closer Look at Chemical Business NewsBase on STN

Abstract: Learn how the Chemical Business NewsBase (CBNB) can help provide a comprehensive view of companies‘ activities in a special technology area. CBNB is a rich source for information from the chemical industry. Included is worldwide market and product information related to chemicals or chemical production, like financial and business data, intellectual property issues, legislation, environmental aspects of chemical business, mergers, economic changes and industry information on research and development. A case study will show how to use this important database and to add information from INPADOC to get the complete legal and business picture.

 

Date: November 16, 2017

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)

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

 

Date: November 16, 2017

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 Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT- 08:00)

 

To register for these events, please visit –

https://stnevents.webex.com/

 

Best regards,

Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

 

PRESS RELEASE
November 3, 2017
#17-03

CONTACT: (Media Only) Paul Fucito
(571) 272-8400 or paul.fucito@uspto.gov

USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners.  Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more than 30 state attorney discipline systems.  It will help OED accomplish its mission of protecting the public from practitioners who fail to comply with the USPTO’s standards for ethics and professionalism. 

OED’s Diversion Pilot Program offers practitioners who engaged in minor misconduct the opportunity to avoid formal discipline by implementing specific remedial measures. The Diversion Pilot Program will be available to practitioners whose physical, mental, or emotional health issues (including substance or alcohol abuse) or law practice management issues resulted in minor misconduct and little, if any, harm to a client. In appropriate cases, a practitioner will be offered the opportunity to enter into a diversion agreement with the OED Director, which will require the practitioner to take affirmative steps to rectify the issue which led to the minor misconduct. 

“We’re hopeful that this pilot program will align our agency with best practices established in other states while allowing practitioners a fair chance to rectify previous misconduct and allow them to move forward in a productive manner,” said Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The criteria for participation will initially be based upon criteria recommended by the American Bar Association. To participate in the Diversion Pilot Program, practitioners must not have not been publicly disciplined by the USPTO or another jurisdiction in the past three years, and must be willing and able to participate in the program. In addition, the conduct at issue must not (1) involve the misappropriation of funds or dishonesty, deceit, fraud or misrepresentation, (2) result in or likely result in substantial prejudice to a client or other person, (3) constitute a “serious crime,” as defined by 37 C.F.R. § 11.1; or (4) be part of a pattern of similar misconduct or be of the same nature as misconduct for which the practitioner has been disciplined within the past five years. Once it is determined that both the practitioner and misconduct at issue are eligible, other factors will be considered in determining whether diversion is appropriate.

OED is enthusiastic to join the over 30 state attorney discipline systems that have implemented diversion programs. OED expects that the diversion program will further its mission of protecting the public by strengthening the skills and abilities of individuals who practice before the USPTO.

For further information about the Diversion Pilot Program, visit the OED website.

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive e-mail updates. Visit our Subscription Center at www.uspto.gov/subscribe.


Is my invention management solution rational?

As an IP Counsel, you already know from experience how crucial the invention disclosure is, as is having a scalable and future-ready Invention Management Solution (IMS) in place, because the destiny of a patent starts right from its conception.

invention-management-solution

You probably have a system in place, whether internally developed or a third-party application, to manage your invention disclosure cycle.

Gone are those days when the complete disclosure process was managed through emails, spreadsheets, Kanban boards and other methods. There are many good web-based applications out there that enable management of  your entire disclosure process; even the complete IP lifecycle, right from your desk.

If you already have one, when was the last time you took stock of your current IMS to see if it is missing any essentials?

A complete invention management solution must at least meet all your early stage needs such as idea disclosure, reviews and approvals, inventor rewards, evaluating patentability and commercial viability.

But, this is not all.

reliable IMS has to constantly evolve and adapt over time to meet the ever-growing needs of your innovation ecosystem. Precisely, it should make the lives of your innovators easier.


Here are some signs that your IMS is possibly strained and not letting your team perform to its fullest potential. SHOW MORE



EPO

23 October 2017

Dear Subscribers,

The EPO’s 2018 programme of webinars and training courses on patent information has been published and the events are now open for registration. They are free and take place on line. Here is the complete list for 2018.

DateTopicWeekdayTime

23.01.2018

Patent families

Tuesday

10.30 hrs

31.01.2018

INPADOC

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

06.02.2018

CATCH UP! - Patent Information News & Updates

Tuesday

10.00 hrs

07.02.2018

Introduction to the European Patent Register

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

14.02.2018

Basics of searching with Espacenet

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

17.04.2018

Federated Register/Global Dossier

Tuesday

14.00 hrs

18.04.2018

Business use of Patent Information

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

08.05.2018

CATCH UP! - Patent Information News & Updates

Tuesday

10.00 hrs

09.05.2018

Patent information from Latin America: 1 Mexico

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

16.05.2018

INPADOC advanced

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

30.05.2018

Patent information from Latin America: 2 Argentina and Peru

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

06.06.2018

EP Bulletin search

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

13.06.2018

Patent information from Latin America: 3 Brazil

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

20.06.2018

Accessing court decisions on patents across Europe with ECLI

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

27.06.2018

Patent information from Latin America: 4 Colombia and Chile

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

11.09.2018

CATCH UP! - Patent Information News & Updates

Tuesday

10.00 hrs

12.09.2018

Patent portfolio management with IPScore

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

18.09.2018

Patent families

Tuesday

14.00 hrs

19.09.2018

Patent monitoring and alerting with EPO tools

Wednesday

10.30 hrs

10.10.2018

INPADOC

Wednesday

14.00 hrs

11.12.2018

CATCH UP! - Patent Information News & Updates

Tuesday

10.00 hrs

Recordings of webinars

If you miss one of the webinars, then don't worry because most of them will be available as recordings for up to one month after they have taken place. Simply go to www.epo.org/pi-videos and choose the webinar that interests you.

For more information on all of these events, please see www.epo.org/pi-training.

Best regards

Daniel Shalloe
Head of department
Events, Training, Publications

 

European Patent Office
Patent Information | Events, Training, Publications
Rennweg 12 | 1030 Vienna | Austria
pitraining@epo.org
Patent Information Training Webpage
Patent Information Training Forum

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Attention all GenomeQuest and LifeQuest users and other IP professionals in the biotech area!  GQ Life Sciences is excited to announce the FIRST GQ LIFE SCIENCES USER MEETING, to be held February 22, 2018 (immediately after the 2018 PIUG Biotechnology Conference) at the same hotel (the Kimpton Marlowe in Cambridge). 

The purpose of the meeting is for us and our user community to have a chance to get to know each other, network, share knowledge, and learn from each other.  As a side benefit, we might even have some fun, and there is going to be a surprise contest (no skill required)!  You'll also have a chance to get to know some of the GQ Life Sciences staff that you may have spoken with many times, but have never met!

We're in the middle of our Call for Papers, so the agenda is still being finalized.  Some of the topics we are considering include the list below - which do YOU want to see? 

  • Use of Fragment algorithm for repeating sequences;
  • GenomeQuest 101 for new users;
  • GenomeQuest master class;
  • GenomeQuest quick tips & tricks
    • Finding groups of CDRs
    • Viewing claims and alignments together
    • Saving templates, filters & views
    • GenomeQuest data post-processing in Excel
    • any other requests?  We'll add those to the list! 
  • Roundtable:  Challenges in Sequence Searching (YOU tell US what your challenges are!)
  • GQ staff "Office Hours" for questions or brief consultations

 Please click here to register!  There is no charge to attend the meeting, other than, of course, your own travel & hotel expenses. 

I’m looking forward to your responses and to meeting everyone!

Ellen Sherin
Sr. Product Manager
GQ Life Sciences
ellen.sherin@aptean.com
+1-302-298-1506


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the research-based pharmaceutical industry today launched a new partnership to promote the accessibility of patent information for health agencies tasked with procurement of medicines.

http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2017/article_0010.html


Looks sort of like the Orange Book for multiple countries.

Martha Yates

http://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2017/20171011.html


My congratulations goes out to a Portuguese national, Antonio Campinos, on being elected as the next President of the EPO.  

Lucy Antunes

PIUG's partner organization has issued a call for proposals for its 2018 conference, scheduled for April 18-22 in Minneapolis. 

Here is the Link: https://www.aiip.org/Conference/Proposals

 

2018 AIIP Conference in Minneapolis: Thriving in the New Normal

Today’s complex and fast-changing world drives culture, politics, and business to new normals – and abnormals too! Our clients are recalibrating to keep up with new business models, leadership styles, and identities. Our businesses are uniquely qualified to help our clients thrive as they do so - we must all know how to target, approach, and win opportunities within this New Normal.

Research by the Agile Talent Collaborative via Harvard Business Review found that organizations are using independent resources for other reasons too: They are looking for “difficult-to-find technical or functional expertise, speed, flexibility, and innovation” to help them succeed.

The AIIP Conference Committee invites proposals from AIIP members and others for presentations at the 32nd Annual Conference held April 18-23, 2018 at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

The AIIP Annual Conference is the premier event for entrepreneurial and info-centric independent professionals. The 2018 conference focuses on immediately actionable knowledge. Your proposal should offer dynamic, practical, and innovative content.