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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: https://wipo.taleo.net/careersection/wp_03/jobdetail.ftl?job=19200]


More information about TISCs can be found at: http://www.wipo.int/tisc


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 –


https://stnevents.webex.com/


Best regards,


Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

Why I volunteer

I have been thinking about volunteering quite a bit lately.  We just got done with the PIUG annual conference, which requires lots of volunteers.  Last week, I did 2 days of trail training at the local state park.  I am the trail boss for the local chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Missouri (don't ask, it was a weak moment).  The training was about how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  There is reduced staff at the parks and they need volunteers to help with the trails.  Then last weekend, I took my horse to a dressage show, which requires volunteers.  Volunteers are getting harder to find, so it isn't just PIUG.  I volunteer because I have always felt that if I was going to participate then I needed to help out.  If I am going to ride the trails, then I need to help maintain them.  If I am going to shows, then I need to help run them.  If I am going to be part of PIUG, then I need to help with its activities.  I was shocked recently when a co-worker told me that her parents didn't believe in volunteering.  I have not yet followed up with her to see just why they objected to it.  That is a contrast to my parents who volunteered a lot.  My dad was on the school board and coached sports teams.  Mom helped build and maintain trails and was very active in her church. 

One of my frustrations with volunteer organizations is that they seem to run on the same bunch of volunteers until those burn out and then the next wave comes through.  I have always thought that if there was a broader base, we wouldn't have to burn people out.  I do have a rule though that if you are going to complain about something not getting done then you should step up and volunteer to do it!   There are so many volunteer jobs that don't require a huge commitment.  We would love to have folks to help us with marketing the organization.  We need people to help with social media.  We need help with committees, particularly someone with vision for our electronic communications.  You don't have to do the back end work just provide some vision.   Sometimes, we just need feedback.  We need the next board (elections are in 2020).  That is a bit more commitment.  I have not perfected the fine art of tapping people on the shoulder and asking them to volunteer.  I always hope that people will find some aspect that they are interested in and will step up to make a difference.  

I think about everything I have gotten out of volunteering.  Certainly there is no better feeling than riding along a trail that you helped build.  But I have learned management skills.  I have learned cat herding skills (running a volunteer organization is a serious cat herding job).  Oddly enough, my job requires a great deal of cat herding.  I have no actual authority but I have a great deal of influence (just like PIUG, etc.).  I have wonderful friendships from all of these activities.  I also like to think that I am making the world a better place for everyone.  There is a sense of community and a sense of building something together that is hard to replicate any other way.  

Part of the trail training was how to manage a volunteer activity.  Safety was a main concern (fortunately that doesn't come up too often at PIUG).  Appreciation was another key element.  I have tried to up our appreciation quota in the last couple of years.  Reasonable expectations were another.  You don't expect people to kill themselves working on the trails.  We don't expect huge commitments from everyone.  We do want you to fulfill your commitment or at least tell us when you can't do it, but you don't have to make it a full-time job. I appreciate anything someone does for PIUG.  It might be the equivalent of building 100 yards to brand new trail or it might be lopping some honeysuckle back but it is still appreciated.  I just like the sense of accomplishment.  I like seeing and riding on trails that I have built or maintained.  I like going to horse shows.  I like going to PIUG conferences and training.

So, find something you are passionate about and volunteer.  I can assure you that you will be glad you did.  And that everyone in PIUG will appreciate it.

Martha Yates

We had another wonderful PIUG annual conference a couple of weeks ago.  A big thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers who make it all work.  But I wanted to tell a story of why I love PIUG so much.  About a week before the conference, I got a request to search for a box.  Now, I work for Bayer (legacy Monsanto), so I search biotech, chemistry, some digital agriculture stuff recently, but I have never searched for a box.  I asked if it could wait until after PIUG, which it could.  On Monday, we had a talk on designs and then Dominic DeMarco gave a great talk on how to search designs.  So now I knew how to approach doing a design search on it.  Then on Wednesday afternoon Serco did a really wonderful workshop on indexing with CPC and how to use it for searching.  I had heard a couple of talks by them before and the workshop was just exceptional.  Turns out that indexing boxes is really hard (and now I know why, there are lots of features).  We talked through all the steps in indexing and how to look stuff up in the classification scheme and how to use that to identify what features you needed to know about.  It was very helpful.  I haven't been a big user of codes because the biotech stuff is not coded very well (it is greatly improved in the CPC), but for this it was really useful.  Not only useful in identifying the codes, but also in identifying what features to look for and that might be mentioned.  I didn't just use the codes, but I was able to use the features to come up with terms that I wanted to add to the search.  Before attending the conference, I wouldn't have had as much confidence in how to approach something so outside my usual field.  Seeing how the indexer views the patent really helps in understanding what is done.  So I was able to perform a reasonably good patentability search, give the attorney some examples of how he might want to claim the idea based on some related things that I found, and give him an idea of what else we might want to look at as the features materialize.  All because I went to the PIUG annual conference!

Thank you to everyone who made the conference possible.

Martha Yates

STN e-Seminar in June 2019

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in June -

 

Title: Introduction to the Derwent World Patents Index on STNext®

 

Abstract: Discover the entry point to global patent information on STNext! Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) is the world’s most comprehensive value-added database of international patent information covering all aspects of science and technology. In this e-seminar you will learn:

• What is the Derwent World Patent Index and why should I use it?
• Take a tour of a typical database record.
• Patent family information in DWPI.
• Search examples

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

 

Date: June 27, 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: June 27, 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 –

https://stnevents.webex.com/

 

Best regards,

Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

 

FIZ Karlsruhe is co-organizer of this years SEMANTICS 2019 conference, taking place Sept 09-12 in Karlsruhe. In this context we are hosting a Workshop on Text Mining and Semantic Technologies in IP. (https://2019.semantics.cc/satellite-events/patentsemtech)

PatentSemTech

TIme: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

Location: FIZ Karlsruhe, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Chaired by:  Hidir Aras (FIZ), Linda Andersson (TU Wien) and Allan Hanbury (TU Wien)
Website:  http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/patentsemtech/index.html

The PatentSemTech2019 workshop, aims to establish a long-term collaboration and a two-way communication channel between the IP industry and academia from relevant fields such as natural-language processing (NLP), text and data mining (TDM) and semantic technologies (ST) in order to explore and transfer new knowledge, methods and technologies for the benefit of industrial applications as well as support research in applied sciences for the IP and neighbouring domains.

Keynote speaker is Mr. Anthony Trippe of Patinformatics LLC

We invite contributions that show relevant use cases for patent text mining and analytics as well as new means for bootstrapping training data generation, e.g. for labelling domain-specific datasets from the IP domain.

PatentSemTech2019 is a full day workshop in conjunction with SEMANTiCS 2019 consisting of paper presentations, industrial talks, poster & demos (see CFP) and an annotation session for experts. 

There are opportunities to participate, contribute or sponsor.


Rainer Stuike-Prill

FIZ Karlsruhe


Hello everyone,

It's that time of year again, for those of you interested in #patent #analysis and #patentlandscapes IPMM 508 the fully accredited semester course I teach on the subject is beginning on May 27. For additional information go to: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/courses/ipmm-508-patent-analytics-and-landscape-reports

A few PIUG people are already enrolled for this semester, but there is room for a few more people who are interested in the course.

Thanks, Tony

The Patent Information Users Group Northeast Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2019 NE Conference to be held on Tuesday, September 24 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.  This years theme is: Navigating Patent Information in a Flat World.


We are interested in papers from ALL sectors of the patent information community (chemistry, electrical, mechanical, software, pharmaceutical & biotechnology), and from ALL areas of the patent professional community (attorneys, agents, examiners, searchers (corporate and independent consultants) & tech transfer offices) on patent searching and analysis topics related to the following:

  • Patent search & analysis strategies supporting freedom to operate, licensing, acquisition & divestiture activities, patent/competitive/business intelligence landscapes, etc.
  • Examples of the changing patent law environment and recent patent case law, both domestic and international.
  • Illustrations of patent family organization from a database provider perspective, use cases on how patent professionals review patent families, such as what countries are of interest and why, and/or challenges on searching patent family equivalents.
  • Examples of recent use cases in all sectors of the patent information community.
  • Reporting formats and client engagement.
  • Approaches to fostering continuous improvement, i.e., use of a variety of search systems/tools, analytical &/or visualization applications, team collaboration and knowledge sharing practices.
  • Current and future technologies & tools.


General Guidelines for submitting proposal/topic/ideas:

  • Send your paper title, abstract (max. 200 words), speaker names, affiliation, brief biography and full contact information. Note: presentations are typically 30-45 min., followed by 5 min. Q&A.
  • Do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.
  • If you would like to recommend a speaker or a topic for a presentation please contact the PIUG 2019 NE Conference organizers, listed below, with your comments and suggestions.
  • Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG web site at www.piug.org and PIUG Discussion Forum/Blog.


Please email an abstract with your idea(s) to Shelley Pavlek (shelley.pavlek@bms.com). 

Deadline is July 1, 2019


Please share this notice within your greater patent information community to enhance our outreach efforts.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2019 NE Conference!


PIUG 2019 NE Conference Program Committee

Shelley Pavlek  (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; shelley.pavlek@bms.com)

John Marlin (ExxonMobil, john.e.marlin@exxonmobil.com)
Yateen Pargaonkar  (ExxonMobil (Contractor); yateen.r.pargaonkar@exxonmobil.com)

Leah Sandvoss (Pfizer; leah.sandvoss@pfizer.com)

Donald Walter  (CAS; dwalter@cas.org)

STN e-Seminar in May 2019

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in May -

 

Title: DWPIM on STNext®: Introduction and New Functionalities

 

Abstract: Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) on STNext® is integrated in the classic STN workflow. In this e-Seminar you will learn about the content and features of the Derwent Markush Resource database on the STNext platform. Also it will be shown how DWPIM can be used on STNext from structure searching to crossover to the Derwent World Patents Index® database and how to combine those Markush results with roles and non-structural fragmentation codes.


The session will illustrate various aspects of this database, including drawing structures using Derwent superatoms and STN generic nodes, and applying attributes to nodes and bonds. An example with the complete workflow from structure drawing, finding the corresponding DWPI patent family records, and exporting of DWPI results including the hit structures will be part of this e-Seminar.
An update will be provided which will illustrate new functionalities that have been added since the release of this database in 2018.

You should attend this e-seminar if you are a chemical searcher interested in Markush searching, if you would like a refresher on the substance search process in the Derwent databases on STNext or if you have used DWPIM on new STN and would like to see how it works on STNext.

 

Date: May 23, 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: May 23, 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 –

https://stnevents.webex.com/

 

Best regards,

Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

Apparently WIPO has a page that lists the closed dates of patent offices  

https://www.wipo.int/pct/dc/closeddates/faces/page/index.xhtml

Here is the heading on the page.

IPO Closed Dates


Intellectual property Offices’ closed dates are furnished yearly by the respective Offices. They are then expanded and updated with subsequent information received by the International Bureau.


I didn't know about it and I thought others might be interested to know.

Martha Yates

Old timers will remember that the American Chemical Society Joint Board-Council Committee on Patents and Related Matters (CPRM) has long published a primer on patent law basics.  The 3rd edition, published in 2002, was available in print and later online, but changes in United States patent law and procedures limited its usefulness.

 We are now happy to announce that the fourth edition is now available on the CPRM website, https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/about/governance/committees/patents.html

 This is an updated version of the 3rd edition, which is still available on the website, with a glossary of patent terms and hyperlinks to a limited number of patent resources available as of late 2018.  You are welcome to use it for reference and instruction,

 The CPRM website includes links to additional patent law and information resources and the CPRM Education and Outreach subcommittee anticipates provided expanded resources in the near future. 


Edlyn S. Simmons

Chair, CPRM Education and Outreach subcommittee