PIUG is co-sponsoring a symposium at the 2019 Fall American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego.  This session will be part of the ACS's Chemical Information Division program, and will be called Nothing New Under the Sun: The Practical Challenges of Patent Novelty Searching.”  This symposium will explore the issue of universal novelty particularly for the US inventor who is used to a grace period.  There will be a discussion of all the forms of non-patent literature which fall within the scope of this, such as conventional or open access journals, preprints, conference proceedings, collected works/secondary and tertiary literature, grey literature, social media, non-text media such as images and video. 

The format of the symposium will be 20 to 30 minute talks (including time for questions and answers).

Please let Stephen Adams or me know if  you’re interested in speaking, and we will provide you with all the necessary details and hints on preparing a talk, and answer any questions you may have.

While there is plenty of time to prepare your talk, the deadline for submission of abstracts is March 18th. So if you are interested please let one of us know as soon as possible.

In case you are curious, the full CINF program is summarized at

Abstracts can be submitted at  As members of PIUG, you should mark your submission to be an invited paper.

Please be aware that ACS requires speakers to register for at least one day of the conference - registration fees are not waived for speakers.  

Report shows that women still comprise a small minority of patented inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist shows that women still comprise a small minority of patented inventors and highlights an untapped potential of women to spur innovation in the United States.

The report delivers several important findings, including:

  • The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016.
  • Even with this increase in patent counts, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016.
  • Gains in female participation in science and engineering occupations and entrepreneurship are not leading to broad increases in female inventors earning a patent.
  • Technology-intensive states, as well as those where women comprise a large percentage of the state’s overall workforce, show higher rates of women inventors.
  • Women inventors are increasingly concentrated in specific technologies, suggesting that women are specializing in areas where female predecessors have traditionally patented rather than entering into male-dominated fields.
  • Women are increasingly likely to patent on large, gender-mixed inventor teams, and are less likely than men to be an individual inventor on a granted patent.

“It is important for the United States to broaden its innovation ecosphere demographically, geographically, and economically,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu. “America needs more inventors participating in the many benefits U.S. patents can provide. The USPTO will continue to push the national dialogue on this issue and do what we can to spur real change.”

“Women inventors have made and continue to make key contributions,” said Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter. “We look forward to working with industry, academia, and other government agencies to identify ways to increase the number of women inventors in all sectors of our economy.” **

The full report can be found online at

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

** Laura Peter will be the keynote speaker at the PIUG 2019 Annual Conference in May.

We are excited to announce for the PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference that Workshops will be held on an additional day this year!  On Tuesday February 19 we have a full day of workshops hosted by our Sponsors: aptean GenomeQuest, BizInt Smart Charts, STN, Minesoft, and Questel.  Thursday February 21 features workshops by USPTO Examiners and returning speaker Dr. David Osterbur of Harvard Medical School.  Registration is free and open to anyone.  Hurry and sign up, its only 2 weeks away!

PIUG Biotechnology Workshop Committee


Dear fellow PIUG members,

please find below a reminder of the application period for Prior Experience Recognition for Qualified Patent Information Professional:

Attention all professional patent information searchers and analysts residing in Europe or the United States!!

Do you have 10 years or more experience searching and analysing patent information, mentoring patent searchers or outsourcing and overseeing patent information related work with at least 60% of your time spent on these activities?

If so, you right now have the opportunity to be registered as a Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) based on prior experience recognition (PER) (aka grand-parenting). Applications from US and European residents will be accepted until the 11th of March 2019.  A call for applications from residents of other countries will be announced in due course.

Why should I apply for PER?

All professions have a set of credentials and some form of professional registration that communicates to the public that what they do is important and requires experience, a high degree of skill and up-to-date knowledge.  Professional patent searchers and analysts currently don't have such a registration system.  When a new employer or a new client is confronted with the choice of who to engage, registration can be an important determinant. It instantly tells the person that you have met the registration requirements and that you are part of a profession that has a set of standards.  Do you really want to be the one, who in hindsight, wishes you had applied while the opportunity existed?  After the 11th of March 2019, applications for PER will no longer be accepted from European and US residents.  The time to act is now!!

What are some of the requirements?

In exchange for not having to sit the examinations to become a QPIP, you may be called upon to serve on a committee or become involved in developing and teaching accredited courses or you may choose to attend and evaluate existing courses that are being considered for accreditation.  Your expertise will be greatly valued and at the same time you will be earning Continued Professional Development points.  You will also be lending a hand as this is a not-for-profit and entirely volunteer driven initiative created for patent information professionals by patent information professionals.  It is estimated that you will spend between 3-10 hours or possibly more per month depending on the level of activity required.  If you find that you are unable to answer the call for whatever reason, you will be excused from participating, but you can only decline two calls before losing your registration.  For more details about the PER requirements, please see Rules 18 and 19 available at

For a copy of the application form and other details concerning your application, please visit and the FAQs at:

Apply now and join many of your peers who are working in industry, academia, law firms, government and professional search service companies and who have already applied!


Bernd Wolter (secretary)

on behalf of the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals

PIUG, Inc., The International Society for Patent Information, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award are now being accepted. The deadline for applying for the PIUG Brian Stockdale Memorial Award is February 22, 2019. If you've previously applied for the award and believe you still qualify, you are welcome to update the essay you submitted earlier so you can be considered for the 2019 award.

Award Package
The award covers membership in PIUG for the current year, conference and workshop registration, and standard travel expenses up to an amount not exceeding $2000, to assist the award recipient in attending the PIUG Annual Conference, an International Conference for Patent Information Professionals. This award is generously underwritten by Clarivate Analytics, Technology & Patent Research International, Magister Ltd, Serco IP Services, Vingyani Data Science Consulting, and PIUG.

This award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Brian Stockdale who travelled extensively throughout the world imparting his knowledge of patent searching. Brian's career encompassed positions with Derwent (now Clarivate Analytics), SmithKline Beecham, and Technology and Patent Research International. As Brian was so well known internationally and trained many patent information professionals, his work was highly regarded. Brian always relished each new search as a challenge and loved working with the people in this industry. Brian is dearly remembered by his friends and colleagues most of all for his dry wit, keen intellect, and ease of meeting people and socializing wherever he went. This is our tribute to his personal dedication in training colleagues, particularly those new to the field of patent searching.

Award Selection Process
The award recipient will be new to the patent information profession, with less than 3 years total work experience in the field of patent information. Alternately, the recipient will be a student currently enrolled in a college or university with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in patents, preferably a career in patent information.

Potential candidates must submit a short essay, not to exceed 500 words, describing their professional or educational interests, as well as their need for financial assistance with respect to conference attendance. Submissions must include the candidate's name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address as well as a description of his or her patent information experience and current employer/university name and address.

This year a new award committee consisting of Ken Koubek, Tony Trippe, Andrea Davis, and Dominic DeMarco will be selecting the award winner.

Essays must be sent to on or before February 22, 2019. The award recipient will be notified on or before March 8, 2019. The award recipient will be recognized during the PIUG Annual Meeting in Alexandria, VA, being held May 4-9, 2019.

STN Sequence workshop

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following sequence searching workshop -


Title: Sequence Searching in STNext® Workshop


Abstract: STN is hosting a sequence searching in STNext workshop in conjunction with the 2019 PIUG Biotechnology Conference. This workshop will include a primer on STNext, and will show you step-by-step how to search for biosequences in the various sequence searchable databases on STN (REGISTRY®, DGENE®, USGENE and PCTGEN.) Bring your laptop – there will be time to run your own searches on our demo passwords so that you can get comfortable in searching sequences on STN.


February 19, 2019

8:30 – 10:30 am EST

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.

Cambridge, MA 02141


This workshop is free but registration is required. To register, please visit



Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

STN e-Seminar in February 2019

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following e-Seminar in February -


Title: Multifile Structure Searching on STNext®– Why is it Important? – How is it Done?


Abstract: This session will explore the benefits of multi-file structure searching on STNext. The presentation will explain why various indexing policies, document coverage and other differences require searches in the Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR) and Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) databases, plus the CAS REGISTRY and MARPAT databases for comprehensiveness. It will also show strategies on how to edit structures to focus the searches to specific databases. The session will illustrate how to deal efficiently with the results, and identification and-or removal of duplicates.


Date: February 28, 2019

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)

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


Date: February 28, 2019

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 Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

11:30 pm India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)



To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

How to search efficiently in the growing amount of patent data from Asia and beyond? How to keep track of changes in the IP legislation? Visit the EPO’s annual “East meets West” forum and stay in the race!

During our two-day conference, we will address these and other issues in an informal atmosphere together with users and patent office delegates from all over the world. Use this opportunity to get an update on  

  • IP Courts in China – recent improvements
  • Detecting data from ASEAN member states
  • Validation states – Cambodia, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia

Learn from the experts in the plenary and smaller workshops and share experiences with delegates from patent offices, agencies, academia and industry. Get an update on new trends on the patent information market during a poster session and exhibitor presentations. There will be plenty of room for one-on-one discussions and networking.

Have a look at the programme at or contact for further information. We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna!

It might be interesting for patent searchers to review patent  attorneys' view on  requirement of  patent searches which they commission to us and how they analyze patent search results.

Conducting and Analyzing Patent Searches

Strategies for Validity, Patentability, Infringement, FTO and State-of-the-Art Searches

A live 90-minute premium CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, February 1, 2019  ($297)


"Counsel must formulate a strategic approach for the different type of searches recited above. Whether designing or commissioning a search, patent counsel needs to evaluate the scope and timing of the patent search given the ultimate objective. There should be a plan in place to tackle the issues of what, when and where for effecting validity or freedom to operate searches, among others.

Further, counsel must be able to analyze and assess the search results to take the proper steps for a successful patent application, patent challenges and due diligence.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys examines when, how, where and why to conduct various patent searches, including validity, patentability, infringement, ownership, and FTO. The panel will discuss the differences and nuances in the different searches. The panel will also discuss the analysis and reporting of search results and offer best practices for conducting and analyzing patent searches to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your patent objectives....

See Outline in the original post. Faculty includes Thomas L. Irving,  Partner of Finnegan Henderson and 2 other attorneys, one with hand-on experience in patent searching.

While I am not expect that many PIUG members (or their employee) would be paying for this webinar, it would interesting to have more such attorney's presentations at PIUG meetings.

There are links for presentations of the 2015 and 2916 webinars on the same subject (with Thomas L. Irving  and different panelists).

Materials of this 2019 seminar is expected to be posted on Stafford web-site after seminar completion

Note: It is worthwhile to review at Stafford web-site materials of some other of 194 patent-law related webinars (2007-2019) which are related to patent searching:  Program materials of past seminars are searchable at Google, use, for example, the following query: search OR searches patent OR FTO OR "prior art"

See also information on another pending webinar: Blocking Patents: Impact of Acorda Therapeutics on Obviousness Analysis. Non-Obviousness and Commercial Success, Cross Licensing, Searches (Jan. 31, 2019) ...The panel will also address how the decision impacts the obviousness analyses, licensing, and invalidity/validity/opposition searches (no materials have posted yet)

Best Regards,

Aleksandr Belinskiy,

Arlington, VA

Welcome to 2019!  PIUG has lots of exciting events planned for this year.  The PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference is coming up fast February 19-21.  Please have a look and register soon. 

Registration for the  PIUG 2019 Annual Conference will be opening very soon.  We have some exciting opportunities this year.  On Saturday May 4 will be Patent Basics training and Patent Search Fundamentals training.  This is an abbreviated version of our full training.  Sunday will be the usual vendor workshops, business meeting, and opening reception.  Monday will be the usual plenary with the keynote speaker from the USPTO and the day will end with a workshop from the USPTO and EPO on the future of the CPC.  The gala dinner will be in the evening.  Tuesday will have a panel discussion on some joint projects with the EPO, WIPO and PIUG.  The day will end with a workshop from EPO.  Wednesday, the plenary will end at lunch and there will be a choice of three workshops in the afternoon.  Thursday will be the STN Patent Forum as usual.  Keep an eye on PIUG 2019 Annual Conference Overview web page for more information as it becomes available.

Don't forget the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award this year.  We modified the requirements some to make it easier to apply. () The deadline is March 22.

Our first webinar series will be starting in a couple of weeks.  Tony Trippe will be talking about patent analytics (Patent Analytics Webinars).  We expect this to be the first offering of webinars for our members.

Thank you to all the volunteers that make these great events happen.  I hope to see many of you at the annual meeting.  As always, please contact me if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Happy 2019

Martha Yates

Hello all,

We've just released our annual analysis of US patent Top 50 assignees and trends report.

New this year, we calculated the world's largest patent owners, including subsidiaries, as a point in time report on December 31, 2018. There is also an interactive version of the Top 1000 US assignees which allows users to sort and filter the list, creating custom views. 


Catherine Suski, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services

STN e-Seminar in Januray 2019

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following e-Seminar in January -


Title: Now on STNext®  : Biosequence Searching on STN – Comprehensive and Precise


Abstract: STN offers multiple sequence databases, with unsurpassed content covering nucleotide and amino acid sequences from patents and scientific literature around the world. Now STNext - the new STN gateway - provides the tools to precisely search for sequence queries according your search scope.

This e-seminar will introduce sequence searching in STNext and will demonstrate a comprehensive and precise multi-database search including:

* Short overview of the different sequence databases on STN
* How to navigate STNext for Sequence Searching
* General workflow for multi-file Sequence Searching
* BLAST® searches in DGENE (Derwent Geneseq™), PCTGEN and USGENE®, merging and sorting of results
* Different methods for removing duplicates

The use of different sources, as shown in this example, guarantees a comprehensive result for making fundamental decisions in your industry. This session is for experienced searchers who would like to start using STNext for bio-sequence searching as well as for novice searchers.


Date: January 24, 2019

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)

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


Date: January 24, 2019

7:00 pm Europe Standard Time (Berlin, GMT+02.00)

6:00 pm GMT Standard Time (London, GMT+01:00)

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

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

10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

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



To register for these events, please visit –


Best regards,



 Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

Dear all, 

This is to inform you that we have now uploaded all online content – final programme, biographies and abstracts of speakers for the upcoming IC-SDV 2019 on  8. and 9. April and the VantagePoint and BizInt Smart Charts Analytics and Visualization Meeting on 10. April 2019.

The Programme is published @ ->

The  IC-SDV meeting takes place in Nice in April 2019 for an intensive three days. New venue is the Hotel Aston in central Nice. The meeting provides an international forum for those in the field of advanced search applications, data and text mining, and visualization technology. The primary focus is on tools for intelligence and the meeting examines the requirements of specialists in scientific and technical information. A new focus is on Machine Learning, Machine Translation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning in the area of Scientific Information.

The VantagePoint and BizInt Smart Charts - 2019 Analytics and Visualization Meeting - will follow the 2019 IC-SDV Conference on 10. April in Nice. Hosted by Search Technology and BizInt Solutions, this one-day meeting will focus on creating effective reports and visualizations to support decision making, and will feature user case studies, product updates, and two tracks of workshops.  The meeting is designed for current and prospective users of VantagePoint or BizInt Smart Charts.

Good news – we have extended our special offer: Companies that register 3 people from the same firm will only pay for two. Bookings for multiple attendees must be received at the same time and be invoiced on the same invoice. Multiple bookings can be done online or ask for the booking by contacting or

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

I am looking forward to seeing you in nice Nice and wish you a good start into the new year.

Kind regards

Christoph Haxel

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference

Tuesday, February 19 - Thursday, February 21, 2019 


Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 02141


The PIUG Biotechnology conference overview and preliminary program is live!  Click here to register NOW for discounted Early Bird rates which end Sunday, January 13, 2019.  The majority of the workshops have been announced, watch for updates to our pages and future emails.  We have extended the conference thru 12:30 PM, Thursday to accommodate all of the workshops including two by the USPTO and one from Harvard Library.  Links to vendor workshop registrations will be added as they are received as well as a link to the workshop from Harvard.

Hurry and book your hotel room as the conference rate of $129/night expires Tuesday, January 19, 2019!  The location is convenient to public transportation and downtown Boston and the accommodations are quite nice.  

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference Planning Committee

** Just published is a Supplementary issue devoted to 'The Best of Search Matters'  . It derives from workshops and presentations from the EPO's Search Matters two day training events held from 2012-2016.   The 15 articles are all 'open access' and freely available to all courtesy of the EPO.  We hope that these papers will provide a very useful theoretical training resource for those engaged with patentability searching, and a useful reference for those filing patents at the EPO, and / or opposing patents at the EPO!

** The second special issue entitled ' Advanced Analytics of Intellectual Property Information for TechMining' stems from the 2017 Global Tech Mining Conference held in Atlanta and is co-edited with Alan Porter and Denise Chiavetta:

Happy reading!  

Do get in touch with Martin, Mihai or me if you would like to get more involved with WPI by becoming and author, reviewer, or to propose any Special Issues for WPI. 

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