MaxVal Group, Inc., a silicon valley-based IP management solutions provider, announced the sponsoring of upcoming IP Counsel Café, one of the largest annual gathering of IP Counsels and professionals, May 10-12, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA. MaxVal will showcase its suite of IP lifecycle management solutions to the IP Counsels and IP Portfolio managers.

As an exhibiting sponsor, MaxVal will demonstrate their end-to-end Intellectual Asset Management solution, SymphonyIAM and participate in various networking opportunities throughout the event. From invention capture, docketing to annuity management, SymphonyIAM brings all facets of IP management onto one stage.

“We are excited that since its launch, SymphonyIAM has been trusted by more than 20 SMBs and Fortune 500 corporations till date. It enables IP Managers to access the Correct, Current and Complete view of their assets by integrating over 100 workflows and 200 country rules through its secure and robust platform,” said Bommi Bommannan, Founder and CEO of MaxVal Group.

Contact at to schedule a one-on-one with MaxVal team and see how easy and cost-effective it is to integrate SymphonyIAM into your existing Intellectual Asset Management system /workflow.

About MaxVal:

MaxVal is a silicon valley based IP 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 to optimize patent lifecycle management with high levels of customer service. MaxVal’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, top U.S. pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and the leading technology-focused patent law firms worldwide.

For more information about SymphonyIAM, please visit or email

Bala Krishnan

Long before the term ‘Big Data’ even surfaced in the patent world, a visionary figure with a curious mind committed his early career to seeing how far patent data analysis could be pushed to its limits given the technology available at the time.

What is equally remarkable is the number of patent information projects that Dr. Michael Dixon contributed his talents towards developing, and how his determination saw them come to commercial fruition and be used by the world’s leading patent-driven organizations and the specialist patent information professionals within them.  

Dr. Michael Dixon joined Derwent Publications Ltd. (which subsequently became Thomson Reuters and recently Clarivate Analytics) back in the 1960’s as a chemical coder for the drug literature service, Ringdoc. He quickly became responsible for Derwent’s patent services.  Following discussions with ICI Ltd., the British chemical corporation, Dr. Dixon spearheaded a project to adopt ICI’s internal polymer information system, which became the ’Plasdoc’ product in 1966. This was the beginning of the Derwent Central Patents Index (CPI) service that Dr. Dixon helped to develop over the next several years and see launched in 1970.

This was a time of significant transition in data handling, starting with the migration away from the old punch cards to the new computerized information storage and retrieval systems.  Dr. Dixon was heavily involved in Derwent’s automation efforts in this regard and also worked on providing breakthrough new capabilities for searching chemical structures represented by generic ‘Markush’ formulae that had not been possible before.

Always with an eye towards innovation and improvement, Dr. Dixon was quick to realize the potential of the rich source of technical information latent within patent data for statistical analysis.  Around 1980, his inspiration came following a visit to the USPTO.  Some patent examiners there had been given the remit to look into patent trends for forecasting PTO workloads, and Dr. Dixon immediately started thinking how patent data could be efficiently and effectively harvested and analyzed to help forecast tomorrow’s technological developments.  Using the extensive Derwent patent data as a resource, Dr. Dixon embarked on a PhD study at City University that culminated in a groundbreaking thesis entitled ‘Statistical Studies of Patents Literature’.  With the backing of the rest of the product development team at Derwent, including Prof. Charles Oppenheim and Mike Pope, work quickly started on developing a commercial product to analyze patent data and which would become known as PATSTAT.  Dr. Dixon’s initiative and PhD work on the subject, diving into algorithms for analyzing and evaluating the data, as well as overcoming the considerable technical computing limitations, enabled the unveiling of PATSTAT and its widespread use by industrial organizations. 

The IPI-Award announcement was made at the International Patent Information Conference, IPI-ConfEx in Rome, Italy, on March 6, 2017 by Ms. Lucy Antunes, Chair of the International Selection Board, stating that:  “Dr. Dixon’s extensive contributions have been fundamental to both Markush coding and the use of statistical techniques to analyze patent data, being the precursor for the expansive field of patent analytics that we use every day across the world.”   In addition, IPI-Award founder and sponsor, Mr. Ford Khorsandian, President of Technology & Patent Research (TPR) International, highlighted the purpose of the IPI-Award to: “…allow us the time to pause and reflect on the great achievements of our industry’s champions, and to gain inspiration from how they have made their ideas come to life.  Dr. Dixon is no exception in this regard.” 

A celebratory dinner at the Brancaccio Palace in Rome gave the opportunity to hear from Dr. Dixon directly as he shared his reflections. Congratulatory messages were heard from: Dr. Monika Hanelt on behalf of patent information professionals;  Ms. Ann Chapman (Dr. Dixon’s former colleague at Derwent) of Minesoft, Ltd., a leading web-based patent information and analytics platform; and Ford Khorsandian, with a message from CEO Jay Nadler from Clarivate Analytics. 

The IPI Award was established in 2000 to recognize key individuals whose dedication has had a significant and lasting impact on patent information.  Sponsor TPR International is a world-leading search firm with 20 years of expertise in successfully completing thousands of patent searching projects in all areas of technology for validity, infringement, patentability and other purposes, as well as providing tailored searching and analysis solutions –

For further information and photographs of the presentation ceremony at the Brancaccio Palace in Rome:

Visit, or contact Trudi Jones,, +1 (858) 592 9084.


Trudi Jones

Technology & Patent Research International, Inc.

17055 Via Del Campo, Ste 200

San Diego, CA 92127

Tel:  +1.858.592.9084

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Martin Goffman, Ph.D.       Research*Consulting*Information Specialist 
President and CEO                                                Tel: +(732) 549-5433 
SequenceBase Corporation
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The preliminary program is now up ( and it looks like an exciting program.  The workshops are starting to come up (  We have Stephen Adams doing a workshop Saturday morning and Dr Nigel S. Clarke will be doing an EPO workshop Saturday afternoon.  Both of them are wonderful speakers and it will be worth coming in early to take advantage of these opportunities.  The USPTO will be back again this year with workshops on Global Patent Dossier and the CPC.  Plus our usual vendors will be doing workshops.

We are thrilled to have 2 Emerald Sponsors this year Search Technology and Evalueserve.  Both of them will have workshops on Sunday.  The STN Patent Forum will be on Thursday as usual.

Early-bird registration continues through March 31 (  Don't forget to make your hotel reservations as well (

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta.

Martha Yates

Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership- March 16, 2017

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical (BCP)
Partnership Meeting


Thursday, March 16, 2017

10:00am to 5:00pm (EDT)


We are pleased to announce the USPTO’s next Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership (BCP) Meeting. This BCP meeting expands our long-standing partnership in these industry sectors to customers across the country. The next BCP Meeting will be held on March 16, 2017 in the USPTO Headquarters (Alexandria, VA) as well as available for online participation. This partnership meeting is designed to provide an informal conduit for all stakeholders to share insights and experiences to improve patent prosecution in biotechnology areas. We highly value our customers’ feedback and input, and the individual participation is important in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of our products and services.


Please see below for Registration information on how you can participate.


Date and Location:  The Partnership Meeting will be held on March 16th (Thursday) from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Alexandria, VA.

From the Agenda, for full agenda see



10:10 – 11:10am



Rationale Statements in 35 U.S.C. 103



Cassandra Spyrou,   Supervisory Review Quality Assurance Specialist, OPQA, USPTO



11:10am – 12:00pm



The Role of   Inherency in Making an Obviousness Determination



William Smith, Of Counsel, BakerHostetler



1:00 – 1:40pm (EDT)



37 CFR §1.132 Practice, Unexpected Results



Scarlett Goon, QAS, TC1600, USPTO



1:40 – 2:40pm (EDT)



Range Analysis



Jean Witz, SPE, CRU, USPTO



Registration Information


Please email USPTOBCP1600@USPTO.GOV (link sends e-mail) to RSVP by March, 13th. Please include “BCP RSVP” in the email subject line.  In the email body, please include the following information:

  • Your name, title and organization

  • Contact information (e-mail, phone, etc.)

  • Your attending location (In Person or online).


Note: the event would not be recorded (ab)


The topic of the USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series on March 14 from noon-1 p.m. ET has changed to “Training for the Examination of High Quality Patents." Our chat will present details about how we train new patent examiners and managers, refresh seasoned patent examiners and managers, and inform practitioners.  You will have an opportunity to ask our speakers questions about our training process, give us your feedback, and suggest new ideas for training via

On March 14, use this webinar link to attend.

The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is part of the USPTO’s ongoing efforts to enhance patent quality.

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological achievement.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America's economic, environmental and social well-being. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.

The USPTO administers the medal program on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. Detailed information about the requirements for submission of a nomination as well as a nomination form is available at NMTI Nominations. All completed nominations must be submitted to the USPTO by midnight (ET), April 7, 2017.

For more information about the process, please contact:

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive e-mail updates. Visit our Subscription Center at

STN e-Seminars in March

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminars in March –


Title: Introduction to DCR and DWPIM on new STN

Abstract: In this e-Seminar you will learn about the content and features of the Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR) and the Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) on the new STN platform. The session will include a workflow example including structure drawing, multi database chemistry patent retrieval and export of DWPI results containing hit structures.

You should attend this e-seminar if you are a chemical searcher completely new to new STN or if you would like a refresher on the substance search process in the Derwent databases on this platform.

Date: March 23, 2017

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 23, 2017

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- 08:00)



Title: STN Strategies For When You Have More Answers Than Time

Abstract: Even precise STN searches sometimes result in large answer sets. Learn to manage large answer sets by removing duplicates from a multifile search, refining with CAS roles or classification codes, SORTing and using the DISPLAY BROWSE command to separate out answers.

Date: March 28, 2017

6:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+02.00)

5:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT+01:00)

1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

12:00 pm Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)


To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.


CRISPR, which is short for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, are segments of DNA containing repetitive base sequences. A simple version of CRISPR, known as CRISPR/Cas9 has been modified to allow addition or removal of genes, so editing the genome of a cell. This ability to edit a genome is a big deal, and not surprisingly was the choice of Science magazine for the Breakthrough of the Year in 2015.   

Not surprisingly with such a potentially important invention, there have been disputes over ownership. In particular there has been a high profile dispute between the Broad Institute (MIT) and University of California.  This was recently decided in that the USPTO declared that the patents did not interfere with each other, i.e. were separate inventions.

Now that this case is over,  it may be worth asking - who else is filing similar and important patents in this space?

This listing is summarized in the graph below - for more details, read here




The Patent Information Users Group Northeast Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2017 NE Conference to be held on Tuesday, September 26 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.  This years theme is: Strengthening Our Core Competencies:  Continuously Improving and Broadening Our Patent Search & Analysis Skills.

We are interested in papers from all sectors of the patent information community on patent searching and analysis topics related to the following:

  • Patent search strategies supporting freedom to operate, due diligence, citation & others, reporting formats and client engagement.
  • Examples of use cases in electronics, mechanical, pharmaceutical, software & other sectors.
  • 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.

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 min. (25 min. talk 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 2017 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 and PIUG Discussion Forum/Blog.

Please email an abstract with your idea(s) to Shelley Pavlek ( 

Deadline is May 1, 2017

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 2017 NE Conference!


PIUG 2017 NE Conference Program Committee

Shelley Pavlek  (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;
Yateen Pargaonkar  (Abbott;

Donald Walter  (CAS;
Yun Yang  (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;


A Training Course for Patent Information Providers and Power Data Users

Based on and expanded from a course given in China in 2016, this training course is aimed at IP information providers, particularly in Asia, who are considering adding Japanese legal status information to their offerings. It also is aimed at investment and analysis firms that are seeking to strengthen and expand the range of their analyses.


—Enable rapid development of quality legal status products and services
—Realize full value of JPO Standardized Data, aka JPO “Legal Status Data”
This is an early release. Check for updates.

Paterra, Inc.

Alan Engel


Questel is hosting a free knowledge sharing webinar "How to Better Manage Your Patent Renewals and Cost Forecasting Activities" on March 15, 2017, 2PM-3PM EST.  In this webinar, you will learn from experienced Chief IP Counsels the best practices for companies with both medium and large patent portfolios on how to align IP with financial and business goals; from invention disclosures to renewal decisions. Come join us! 

Register HERE now!


March 15, 2017 2PM-3PM EST

45min Presentation + 15min Q&A 

Schedule conflicts? - Go ahead and register! Recording and presentation will be shared to all registrants after the event. 

Portfolio pruning and optimization are processes to reduce the abundant waste in many companies’ patent investments and patent balance sheets. Optimizing portfolios and forecasting costs requires continual review and diligence – particularly as technologies and business offerings change over time. In order to achieve a winning competitive advantage, a carefully planned and organized strategy is the key that leads to exponential improvements in R&D and patent investments. 

Our guest speaker, Mr. Brett Hansen, Corporate IP Counsel at Hypertherm, Inc., will share his knowledge and experience pruning Hypertherm’s portfolio, managing renewals and cost forecasting as a case study. Mr. Roger Gobrogge, Managing Director of ITIP ProFiciency and former Head of IP for Rolls-Royce and General Patent Counsel at Dow Corning, will share tips and experiences managing a large IP portfolio and what it takes to make the right management decisions.

In this webinar, you will learn the best practices for companies with both medium and large patent portfolios on how to align IP with financial and business goals; from invention disclosures to renewal decisions. Presenters will talk about the topics such as: 

- How to make decisions whether to abandon or renew patents 
- How to avoid portfolio misalignment 
- How to conduct cost forecasting on new patent filings and renewals 
- Qualifications required to manage a patent portfolio and make a positive impact 
- Tips on how to make effective pruning/maintenance decisions utilizing data and tools 
- How Hypertherm utilizes Orbit Intelligent and Asset to conduct portfolio pruning and save cost 

Brett Hansen 
Corporate IP Counsel 
Hypertherm, Inc. 
Brett is the leader of IP team responsible for managing global IP development and protection for a US manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting technology. His practice focuses on the worldwide development and enforcement the company’s patent and trademark portfolio, including overseeing global litigations as well as counterfeit investigations and raids. Brett is part of the Hypertherm’s Engineering Steering Team and leads innovation development projects for the organization. He manages patent portfolio of 300+ domestic and international patents, worldwide enforcement of IP portfolio, including issues in U.S., Asia, Europe, and South America and development of in-house IP management tools and procedures across multiple technology lines. 

Roger Gobrogge 
Managing Director
ITIP ProFiciency
ITIP is a Michigan based company specializing in IP cost management. Roger’s practice focuses on assisting corporate clients reduce costs and adopt efficient processes in the development of their IP portfolios. Prior to ITIP, Roger was the Head of Intellectual Property at Rolls-Royce Corporation - Americas, the Chief Patent Counsel for Dow Corning Corporation, and an Examiner at the USPTO. He is the 2016 Chair for the IPO subcommittee on International Filing Strategy & Cost Management and a member in the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC). 

Eric Moran
Team Lead – Sales Engineer
Eric joined Questel in 2013 as an Account Executive with a focus on client relations and product training. In 2016, Eric was promoted to the position of Sales Engineer and has been collaborating with numerous fortune 500 companies in solving their unique IP related challenges, while also continuing to provide training and product demonstrations for Questel users all around the world. 

About Questel Offerings for portfolio pruning and cost forecasting
Combining Orbit Intelligence and Orbit Asset, equipped with public information and private information respectively, you can utilize a systematic, data-driven approach utilizing best-in-class analytics to help make portfolio management decisions more efficient and spot cost saving opportunities. For more information, contact 

The PIUG 2017 NE Conference will take place September 25 - September 27, 2017.  The conference will be held at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.  Volunteer opportunities are still available.  Looking forward to seeing you there!


Cluster Searching and AmberScope are innovative new ways of searching the patent literature, and finding patents not found by conventional searching - while saving you valuable searching time.

But because it is new and different, you may need to see it in action to fully understand the difference. For this reason, we have produced a series of short videos to show Cluster Searching and Amberscope in action, with reference to some case studies. 

These case studies are:

  • What is Cluster Searching?
  • How do a do a Patentability search using Cluster Searching (case study on a flying car)
  • How to quickly expand a patent examination search (case study on a patent filed by Ford for a folding bicycle)
  • An invalidation search for America's most litigated patens - finding 'unknown' prior art
  • How to find new prior art for a recently granted EP patent (case study for a motorised head for vacuum cleaner)
  • Introduction to AmberScope

And can be found at the page found here



Posted by Mike Lloyd, Ambercite,

There was a disturbance in the wiki last week. Not only did the plague of "Anonymous" postings continue, but the distribution of daily "Confluence changes in the last 24 hours" alerting email messages stopped due to a Confluence email server error around February 19. I believe we have fixed the daily update message error and this blog post should be listed in the one going out at 6:00 pm CST today.

As for the anonymous edits, Atlassian senior engineers have “located another case which has the same behavior on Confluence. They have compared this and the other case, locating a similarity with some external plugins, such as the Forum plugin… We have noticed that all pages which anonymous are editing are created as Topic inside this Forum plugin. We do believe that the issue might be caused by some external plugin editing the page (archiving maybe) and leaving the last modified blank, since no user edited the page. Confluence assumes that anonymous modified the page.… We do believe there is no hacking happening and the source of the editing is related to an external plugin, although we haven't replicated that yet.” Now we just have to get rid of the annoying email messages in a better way than restricting the PIUG Space to those who login in. 

If you are not watching the PIUG Space, you may have missed this activity in the PIUG Space due to the absence of the daily update messages. Of course, you could also have seen this information already on the Dashboard or on the main PIUG Space page.

PIUG Blog 

PIUG-DF Topics

Old wiki postings re-emerging 
by Stephen Adams Feb 24, 2017

Dear colleagues Is anyone else apart from me seeing old PIUG wiki postings re-emerge on their news feed? I am seeing postings from 2009, 2012 etc coming back up again. The only thing which seems to have changed is that "Anonymous" has edited the page.

Patent dispute, corrected structure 
by Robert E. (Bob) Buntrock Feb 24, 2017

Oncoceutics patented OMC201 (anticancer agent) with the incorrect structure. Scripps determined the correct structure, an isomer, applied for a patent, and licensed it. Composition of matter rights are at stake. Dispute over the legal rights to an ...

Question about future offerings of the 2017 PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals Course 
by Padmaja Rao Feb 24, 2017

The PIUG Patent searching fundamentals course scheduled for March 22-23, 2017 seems to be a great course for beginners. I am fairly new to this field and am looking to expand my skills. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend this course. Can anyone tell me 

Job Postings Topics

Job Posting - 3M Technical Information Analyst - 24 February 2017 

3M is seeking a Technical Information Analyst for the Knowledge Discovery and Analytics group, located in Maplewood, MN. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. Here, you go."
Carol Bachmann yesterday at 12:31 AM

Job Posting - Patent Search Analyst - IPSEN BIOSCIENCE, Cambridge, MA 21-Nov-2016 (CLOSED) 

APPLY AT: Patent Search Analyst POSITION SUMMARY The Patent Search Analyst is responsible for conduct...
Donna Fisher Feb 23, 2017