The new version of Intellogist is getting closer.  The WIPO folks have asked us to start updating the database reports.  They have sent me a list of databases to start with and a format for preparing the reports.  I am looking for some volunteers to help with this and future updating of information.  I am guessing that it will be a few hours a month until we get a good base of information going.  I am hoping for a dedicated core group with other people recruited as necessary.  Please send me a note at if you are interested in helping with this project.

We hope to have enough to show at the annual meeting in May.

Martha Yates

The initial invitation is restricted to patent information professionals who reside either in the United States of America or in Europe (i.e. any European country that is a member state or extension state of the European Patent Organisation)(*). There will be no further opportunities to apply for Prior Experience Recognition for people who reside in Europe or the USA. After the closing date, one can only become QPIP by successfully passing the examination.
(*)This regional limitation is applied because the ISBQPIP will have limited capacity to receive applications. It is planned that later a similar opportunity will be provided for other countries.

The window is now open and will only last until March 11, 2019 (11:59 pm Central European Time). This is the only time US and European patent searchers can be grandfathered into the certification! 

Here are some requirements:

Minimum work experience requirements: At the time of applying for PER status, the applicant must have at least ten (10) years of work experience with at least 60% of that time spent on searching patent information or a combination of searching and mentoring or a combination of searching and outsourcing or a combination of searching and overseeing search work of others according to the definitions in RULE 4.2.

Minimum technical qualification requirement: At the time of applying for PER status, the candidate must have: (1) At least a scientific, engineering or technical Bachelor Degree of three (3) year or four (4) year program duration in a technical field as defined in any publicly available edition of the patent classification system that is administered by the World Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the DPMA (German Patent and Trade Mark Office), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office or any other national patent office; or (2) At least a technical qualification in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.5e(1) wherein the technical qualification was conferred by a university, technical university, technical high school, vocational college, higher technical college or institute, school of engineering, or any similar establishment and the qualification is deemed equivalent to a Bachelor Degree by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education; or (3) At least ten (10) years of experience working in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.5e(1).

More information can be found in the QPIP Rules and the PER Page.

Apple have recently been granted US9838775 for Earbuds with biometric sensing.

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This patent has a priority date of Sep 2015, and has 73 patent citations.

But was the prior art search complete? What can we learn in a two minute search on Ambercite?

This is a great case study for the new save and share function for Ambercite.

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And to find out where the two minutes went, check out the process as described here.

Surprised that prior art searching can be that simple? Well, this could be a reason why the likes of major patent owners such as Daimler, Nestle, Siemens, Stripe etc, recognise the value that the unique Ambercite AI search engine can bring to their patent searching processes.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan sets priorities to strengthen the USPTO, drive innovation, and support economic growth

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide domestic and global leadership to improve intellectual property policy, enforcement, and protection worldwide.

“We are confident in attaining the goals set out in this plan and look forward to the continued engagement and feedback from our stakeholders and employees,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu. “Together we celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship—we are very proud of the men and women who stand behind a well-balanced American intellectual property system.”

In conjunction with the development of the strategic plan, the USPTO is committed to making execution of the strategic plan an express responsibility of USPTO executives. This includes monitoring implementation of the plan, as well as keeping employees, stakeholders, and the public informed of progress. The USPTO website and the Data Visualization Center are key components of this communications commitment.

A draft USPTO 2018-2022 Strategic Plan was posted on July 26, 2018, for employee review and feedback followed by a town hall meeting on July 24, 2018. The draft plan was then posted on the USPTO website on Aug. 22, 2018, and comments were solicited from stakeholders, customers, and the general public. Review and comments were also sought from the USPTO’s Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees, in addition to the three union bargaining unit presidents. Also, the proposed strategic plan was shared with the Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.

For more information on the USPTO 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, please visit

Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive email updates at our Subscription Center at

Dear PIUG colleagues,

On behalf of the Partnerships and Patent Offices Committee, I invite you to attend a webinar next month, updating you on the PIUG's activities as an observer at WIPO and the PDG during the past year.

The session, hosted by me, will consist of three parts:

a) update on the last two meetings of the Patent Documentation Group (PDG) IMPACT meeting, which discusses and reports on changes in worldwide patent documentation issues, and on the results of research on user needs and experiences which has been conducted amongst the PDG member companies.

b) update on the last plenary session (Oct 2018) of the WIPO Committee on WIPO Standards, including progress on the new standard for legal status information.

c) report on the WIPO event "IP Information Round Table" held in Geneva, also in October 2018.

Duration of the session, which will be run twice, is expected to be 45-60 minutes, depending upon questions and discussion.

Proposed dates and times are:

Tuesday 11 December 09:30 GMT (10:30 CET) - timed for attendees in Europe and India, plus Australian insomniacs (smile)

Monday 17 December 16:30 GMT (11:30 EST, 08:30 PST) - timed for North American attendees.

The session is open to PIUG members only, so it will be necessary to validate your membership in order to attend.  Please e-mail your name (as recorded in PIUG membership), company affiliation and the e-mail address to which you would like the registration link to be sent, to :   by NO LATER THAN 17:00 GMT (12:00 EST) on Wednesday 5 December.

Thank you, and I look forward to see as many of you as possible on one of the two dates.

Stephen Adams

Partnerships and Patent Offices Committee co-chair.

I am pleased to announce that the board has made some changes to the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award that should make it easier to apply for the award.  We have reduced the amount of supporting documentation.  At least one person who is nominated needs to be a current PIUG member.  We will no longer consider older nominations.  You will need to resubmit a nomination each year.

More information can be found at

Stu Kaback Business Impact Award and an19kaback_award

We have had some wonderful award winners already and we look forward to many more.

The deadline for 2019 is March 22, 2019.

Martha Yates

I signed up for this one-day conference at Columbia University on Thursday, November 29. There are a number of IP heavyweights speaking including USPTO Director Iancu. It says it's free at one point but when you register it is $305. Must be city taxes. I thought others in the area might be interested. Let me know if you're going. Andy Berks told me he was.

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in November -


Title: In-depth Structure Searching in DWPIM on STNext – Best Practices


Abstract: This e-Seminar will discuss in-depth structure search strategies, including node types, and attributes for nodes and bonds. This session will also explain the relationship between the STN generic nodes and the Derwent superatoms. The unique Markush attributes for the Derwent superatoms will also be explained. The attribute pertaining to unlimited atom counts vs. limited atom counts will be discussed in detail.
The structure search examples will illustrate how to apply these attributes to the structures and demonstrate the effects of changing these various attributes. Additional structure drawing tips will be given, including how to create R-groups and how to incorporate variable points of attachment to a structure. This session is for intermediate-to-experienced Markush searchers, and for infrequent users that would like a refresher on structure searching.


Date: November 29, 2018

3:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+01.00)

2:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT)

9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

8:00 am Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

6:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)


Date: November 29, 2018

7:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+01.00)

6:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT)

1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

12:00 pm Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

10:00 am Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

10:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)



To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,



We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2019 Annual Conference to be held May 4-9, 2019 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia.  The theme for the  Annual Conference is:

Preparing for the Future and the Unknown:  New Technologies and Skills for the Patent Searcher

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

  • Design patents and device patents and their ties to designs. New tools for searching designs;
  • Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in patent searching;
  • Skills required for patent searchers as search technology changes;
  • Advanced patent search & analysis strategies supporting state of the art, freedom to operate, licensing, acquisition & divestiture activities, and also the creation of patent/competitive intelligence landscapes and other visualizations;
  • Reporting formats and client engagement;
  • Examples of use cases in electronics, mechanical, pharmaceutical (chemistry & biotech), software & other sectors;
  • Examples of the changing patent law environment and recent patent case law; and
  • 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 to Martha Yates ( Note: presentations are typically 20-30 min., followed by 5 min. questions and answers.
  • 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 or a panel discussion please contact the PIUG 2019 Annual 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.

Deadline is November 30, 2018


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 Annual Conference!

PIUG 2019 Annual Conference Program Committee

Martha Yates (Bayer,

Ron Kaminecki (Kaminecki IP,

Rosanna Lindquist (Hersheys,

Elliott Linder (

UPDATE:  We are closing the NOV 1 registration and have added an additional date & time.

There is a lot of hype around AI’s impact on professionals… but in reality, AI is simply a tool.

Like any tool, in the hands of the right professional it can do impressive things. With the right learning, AI helps the professional focus on higher level impact analysis and conclusions; but how?

  • How can AI learn from my professional experience?

  • How can I trust the AI learning? How can I trust results?

  • How can AI augment my discovery and monitoring?

Join us to explore how AI can ‘learn’ in the hands of your professional insight – to improve your efficiency, accuracy and competitiveness in the market.

Select one of the 2 sessions below. (Registration required)

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Dear Information Professional Friends:


IPI-Award Call for Nominations 

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious International Patent Information (IPI) Award. Now in its 20th year, the IPI-Award was established to honor the outstanding professionals of the patent information industry worldwide.  The Award, established and sponsored by Technology & Patent Research, TPR International, consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $3000, or other currency equivalent.  

Is there someone who you would like to see recognized for their dedication and achievements in patent information?  That person could be the next IPI-Award honoree if you act now and submit a nomination before the October 31, 2018 deadline.

Eligible candidates must be from the worldwide patent information industry, and have made a significant contribution to the advancement of patent information.  The IPI-Award is aimed at recognizing individual contributions towards the advancement of patent information and to the patent information world in general.  Nominations from industry, patent offices, and academia are encouraged to recognize those individuals who have made a significant impact on the community.

Please share this news with your colleagues, and take the opportunity to nominate the person who you consider to be most deserving of this tribute.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is October 31, 2018.  All nominations will be reviewed by an International Selection Board and the name of the IPI-Award recipient for 2019 will be announced in the coming Spring.  See for general information on the IPI-Award and past recipients. (Note: Internet Explorer or Firefox preferred, as may need to refresh browser and/or clear cache to see the latest version of the site if using Chrome). 

It is important to remember that nominations come from within the patent information community itself, and that the International Selection Board makes their selection based solely on nominations that have been received.  Nominations should clearly describe the nominee's contribution to the field of patent information, and each submission should include any material in support of the nomination.  Support materials could include a biography and a list of any publications and presentations by the individual.  The nominating person should also ensure that at least two seconding nominations are submitted.  Nominations have the potential to be considered in multiple years.  

All nominations and seconding nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Selection Board at the address shown below by October 31, 2018.

IPI-Award Nominations
Attn:  Lucy Antunes, International Selection Board Chair
c/o Technology & Patent Research International
17055 Via Del Campo, Ste 200, San Diego, CA 92127
Tel: +1 858 592 9084

Thank you to everyone that has already submitted feedback on the PIUG 2018 NE Conference - it is very much appreciated.  If you attended the conference and haven't filled out the form, please consider doing so at:  PIUG-2018-NorthEast-Conference-Evaluation-Feedback.  Or, feel free to send directly to me:



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


Dear Colleague

I would like to invite you to present a paper or to exhibit during my next conference in Nice.  BTW we have only three slots for the exhibition available.

Those presenting will be given one free registration to the two-day conference (one registration per presentation).

Those exhibiting will be given two free registration to the two-day conference.

Call for papers ends end of November 2018.

More information about my conference in Nice (April 2019) you can find at

I am looking forward to seeing you in nice Nice next year.

Kind regards from Heidelberg

Christoph Haxel