Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in November –

Title: CAS FORMULATIONS(TM): CAS brings new content and search precision options for Formulation IP searching to STNext(R)

Abstract: During this webinar you will get a better understanding of the content and search capabilities for formulation IP searching in CAS FORMULATIONS, a recently added database produced by CAS to STNext(R). Using specific search fields and proximity operators, users can now significantly increase the precision of their formulation searches. Out of a single publication (patent, journal article or DailyMed product insert) multiple formulation definitions are manually curated. You will see how to search for combinations of substances to their function in the formulation and their optionality. The location of the formulation (claims, examples, tables, supplemental information) can also be defined. Several case studies will also show how to combine the results of a structure search in CAplus and Marpat with additional compounds in a formulation. An example will show how to approach compounds with a variable alkyl chain, commonly used in formulations. For IP searchers mainly in agrochemicals, the well-known issues of finding mixtures of actives can now be improved resulting in a significant reduction of the post-processing time of manual relevance checking.

Date: November 13, 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)

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

Date: November 13, 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 Standard 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.


The Journal of the Patent and Trademark Resource Association is seeking contributions for the upcoming volume year. Topic proposals should be submitted to David Irvin (>), with finished manuscripts due by Feb. 15th. Articles should be submitted in one of three categories: Scholarly Articles, Featured Articles, or Book Reviews.

The PTRCA Journal (JPTRCA) publishes articles and reviews in the area of intellectual property - primarily relating to patents and trademarks - of interest to information specialists in the field. It serves as a means to share related research, successful programs, and book reviews.

The scope of publications is broad: Authors can submit to the Journal in the areas of:

*       patent analysis

*       Intellectual Property (IP) practice

*       search strategies

*       open source and industry standards tied to patents

*       innovation

*       history of IP

*       patents and trademarks licensing

*       scholarly communications and/or frameworks for information literacy related to patents

*       IP librarianship

*       or other areas.

World count for scholarly articles is a minimum of 2,000 words. Manuscripts for featured or "from the field" articles should be between 500 and 1000 words

Examples of previous submissions can be found at the JPTRCA ( Full submission guidelines are available at

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.



Suzanne L. Reinman | Library Professor, Government Information | ph 405.744.6546

Oklahoma State University | University Library | Stillwater, OK 74078 |

There are very few opportunities to hear from in-house patent analytics experts. I highly recommend the event.


Recent Trends in IP Data Availability and Big-Data Analytics

Expert Panel Discussion and Networking

Program Description

The push for more transparency at the US Patent Office, and other offices worldwide, has made prosecution data and other patent applicant datapoints more available to public scrutiny than ever before. These data, combined with advanced analytics software and computer hardware able to manipulate these large datasets, have begun to elucidate trends in patent prosecution that (when combined with in-house data and the proper assumption frameworks) may give IP practitioners insights that can help create better IP and save filers money.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of new patent analytics tools, some concrete examples of patent office data analyzed to produce cost saving decision-points during application prosecution, and where the field of IP analytics is moving into the future

Beer, wine, soft drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.



The Briar Club
2603 Timmons Ln
Houston, TX 77027

Garage and valet parking available and included with registration fee.


Through October 11:

LES member:$40.00


Full-time student/post-doc:$10.00

Nonprofit educational member:$10.00

After October 11:

LES member:


Full-time student/post-doc:

Nonprofit educational member:$10.00


Shayne Phillips 

Ms. Phillips has been working in the intellectual property (IP) arena for over fifteen years, particularly in the areas of IP-related competitive intelligence and technical patent and nonpatent literature searching. Ms. Phillips began her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, working as a Technical Assistant in Corporate New Ventures (a group tasked with evaluating outside technology for the entirety of P&G). She then moved to the IP-practice group of Dinsmore & Shohl (also in Cincinnati), working as a Technical Consultant, providing both patent application prosecution support and IP litigation assistance. In 2000 Ms. Phillips moved to Columbus, Ohio, and began work at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) as an Editorial Analyst in the Mammalian Hormones Document Indexing Group of the Biochemistry Department of CAS’ Editorial Division. In 2002 she transitioned to the role of Applications Specialist at CAS, specializing in advanced STN training, focusing on protein and gene sequence searching in particular. Following her tenure at CAS, Ms. Phillips moved to Halliburton in Houston, Texas, working in their Intellectual Asset Management group as both the head of IP Competitive Intelligence and as a Senior Patent Liaison for the Cementing and Multichem Product Service Lines. Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a registered US Patent Agent.


For those that have already filled out the evaluation form - thank you!  If you haven't, and would still like to, simply click this LINK to be taken to the survey online.  Survey will close on Friday, October 4th

Thanks so much and thank you for attending the conference.  

PIUG Northeast Planning Committee

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in October –

Title: Surfactants and Detergents on STN

Abstract: This session will explore how surfactants are covered in the CAS and Derwent suite of databases. The rules for indexing of individual surfactant classes in these databases will be discussed on the basis of examples. Aspects covered in these databases on STN include preparation, chemistry, and use of surfactants. We will also present examples for controlled terminology and Manual Codes useful for searching detergents and surfactants. A search example including structure searching, multi-file patent retrieval and exporting results containing hit structures will be part of this e-seminar.

Date: October 24, 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: October 24, 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 –

Best regards,


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

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

Search Techniques for 21st Century Therapeutics and Technologies

Now in its fourteenth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. Within a changing business environment, patent searchers continue to provide value to companies and clients by maintaining contemporary knowledge of resources, technologies and industry trends.

The program committee is interested in receiving submissions by November 1, 2019 on the following suggested topics associated with the theme.  The theme is meant to inspire but not to limit topic selection - all topics related to biotechnology patent information research listed below will be considered. 

  • Cell and gene therapy including sequences, vector, delivery mechanisms, manufacturing/production, formulations and targeted indications
  • Presentations on scientific resources that will help biotech patent searchers develop and maintain their scientific knowledge and searching skills. Topic themes include technology platforms, biosimilars, including exclusivity information and the BPCIA “patent dance”, multi-valent antibodies as well as modifications, digital health including wearable devices, therapeutic vaccines, unitary patent, gene editing (CRISPR), CDR searching, combination therapeutics, advanced sequence  searching, biosensors, medical devices and diagnostics.
  • The use of computer assisted searching such as text mining, machine learning or artificial intelligence in biotech patent searching
  • How changes in the law or regulatory procedures impact biotech patent searching
  • The use of patent information as a pre-competitive intelligence tool, intellectual property valuation studies, in licensing/out licensing opportunity identification and patent landscaping
  • Practical suggestions to illustrate these themes are as follows: 
    • Best practices in constructing patent search strategies, reporting formats, and use of new tools for the organization/management of patent alerts/watches
    • Showcase methods for effective client engagement, user experience, attorney outreach and time management
    • The incorporation use cases in the academic, corporate and other sectors
    • Examples of how a work product supports or is a component of business decisions
    • Review the use of patent information as a competitive intelligence resource
    • Approaches to fostering continuous improvement, i.e., use of analytical &/or visualization applications, implementing quality control guidelines, team collaboration and knowledge sharing practices.

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In addition, as always, we would be interested in presentations about a specific search scenario with the strategy described, databases used, results identified, or other tips and tricks.

Interested speakers should submit the following to Greg Roland (gregory.roland at novartis dot com) and Ellen Sherin (ellen.sherin at aptean dot com) by November 1, 2019:

  1. Proposed speaker name
  2. Brief biography
  3. Full contact information
  4. Presentation title Abstract (100 – 200 words)

If you are interested in submitting a paper but need extra time to obtain your management approval, please let us know by the October 25, 2019 deadline and if possible provide the topic title &/or a few sentences that we can consider in the interim.

  • The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the PIUG web site and related media, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.
  • If you would like to recommend a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact the PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Conference organizers, listed below, with your views.

Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the upcoming PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference web page. 

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Conference! 

The PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Program Committee:

Greg Roland
Ellen Sherin
Qin Meng

PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Planning Committee Chair:

Alison Taylor
Qin Meng


Jordan Bell
Barbara Miller


To support the President’s Management Agenda to leverage federal data into strategic assets, the USPTO Midwest Regional Office is hosting a Patent Open Data conference with the aim to help the public more effectively use and integrate patent information into their business.  This conference will focus on helping users access USPTO data, systems and tools, and discuss emerging trends and best practices.

For more information about USPTO Open Data, please see:

When: Tuesday October 22nd, 2019  (Exact hours to following in formal Eventbrite invitation)

Where: Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 300 River Place South, #2900, Detroit, MI 48207

Remote:  Based on your interest and feedback, we may include the possibility to participate and present via WebEx.


Hands On:   Bring your laptop with data analytic tools

    • Tell your friends


Topics: Potential topics include a list of existing USPTO data sources, APIs, examples, and white papers.

The USPTO Midwest Region Open Data Conference program will highlight the latest technologies, regulatory issues, and trends in Open Data through case studies and real life customer perspectives. To learn more about USPTO Open Data resources, visit:

We are particularly interested in highlighting successful implementations in the following subjects/topics:

  • Integration of USPTO data into product development, marketing, business development, or planning
  • Integration of USPTO data with other data sources
  • Problems with existing USPTO data structure
  • Wants for future USPTO information and systems


Call for Speakers Now Open – We Want To Hear From You!

Interested In Speaking?

Contact:  Jennifer Rempfer at 313-446-6516

                  Please describe your proposed topic and provide a short bio

Speaker Requirements:

  • Speakers must adhere 100% to our "NO COMMERCIALISM" policy. 
    If you cannot avoid commercialism, please do not agree to speak.
  • Speakers must share their information in an educational, 
    non-commercial and non-self-promotional manner.
  • Speakers must provide session description for the conference web site.

Thank you for your interest in our Open Data Conference.  We will be sending a formal invitation and request for replies in the coming weeks.   


       Damian Porcari

       Regional Director

       Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

We hope to see you at this years' PIUG NE Regional Conference (ne19program) - September 23-25 in Iselin, NJ!  We're kicking off the conference with an STN Patent Forum, followed by a full day of plenary talks, followed by a half day of vendor-sponsored workshops!  Don't miss out!

There is also a networking dinner Tuesday night, after the plenary session (ne19networking) - sign up and join us!

Shelley Pavlek (on behalf of the program & planning committees)

AI-SDV is the "The Artificial Intelligence Conference on Search, Data and Text Mining, Analytics and Visualization"  

Presentations should emphasise new trends in intelligence, search, mining, analytics and visualization research and technology, and directly related areas   

AI-SDV brings together specialists in scientific and technical information, who want to update themselves and learn the latest from practitioners and technology specialists working in the field of AI, text and data mining, analytics, digitization 2.0, deep learning, visualisation, etc. The conference is an integral part of a three-day event of learning, networking and exploring technologies and concepts that are changing the way individuals and organisations work, rest and play. 

Conference topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • User – vendor case study relating to successful software implementation
  •  AI, Machine Learning, Machine Translation and Deep Learning
  •  New tools for competitive intelligence
  •  Search engine development, personalisation, recommendation engines, collaborative filtering
  •  Scraping content, semantic technologies
  •   New visualization tools and mapping
  •   Innovative tools for analysing or manipulating big data including news analysis
  •    Text and Data Mining tools
  •    Advances in text searching and analysis such as patent, techno-economic and news   searching), mining, mapping and analysis
  • User identification and testing new information tools
  •  Training and adoption  

The conference includes plenary sessions, expert panels and product updates from practitioners, vendors and subject matter specialists.   

Presentation submissions should include:

  • An engaging title
  • Short descriptive abstract - what attendees will take away from your talk
  •  Speaker biography (max 200 words)  

News of new innovative products or beta versions with substantial upgrades may also be of interest to attendees. 

Presentations accepted will be expected to make real contributions within the field of scientific, technical, business, patent and information searching, analysis and data mining – or in furthering the understanding of meeting participants within these areas.  

All presentations will be in plenary sessions to the full conference audience – there are no parallel or breakout sessions taking place.   

Conference language is English. Presenters receive one complimentary pass to the two-day conference (one registration per presentation).  Speaker reimbursement is not normally provided.   

Please send your proposals to Christoph Haxel at Dr. Haxel CEM GmbH (c @  

Deadline: 30th November 2019. However, we would also welcome proposals, suggestions, sponsorship enquiries, etc. prior to this date. 

There are also a very limited number of exhibition (table-top) spaces available on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the organisers early to secure a place. An additional benefit of exhibiting is that all exhibitors are provided with a short “product presentation” slot during the main conference.   

The organisers are also interested in featuring one (max two) post-conference workshops, which should be in the subject areas relevant to attendees. If you are interested in running a workshop please contact Christoph Haxelfor an initial discussion.

20 years ago this week, equipped with a 500-CD-capacity, 6-drive Panasonice jukebox loaded with Japanese patent A and B documents, some servers and a couple T1s, Paterra, Inc. launched the first fully automated internet service for machine translation of patents. The JPO's service wouldn't come online until 7 months later. Google Translate wouldn't come online for another 6 years.

I want to thank all of our clients who made this service possible.

And thanks to PIUG for bringing a market together that we could serve.

Alan Engel

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in September -

Title: Searching value-Added Derwent Polymer Indexing in DWPI on STNext®

Abstract: Polymer searching is a uniquely challenging prospect, given all of the various ways polymers can be described in patents and the frequent need to also search for relevant properties and applications. This joint e-Seminar with Clarivate Analytics and FIZ Karlsruhe will show how the Derwent polymer indexing system greatly simplifies that task. The Derwent enhanced polymer indexing system will be explained in detail. The search examples will illustrate how to create polymer search strategies on STNext, including the correct proximity operators for linking polymers with the related concepts for optimal retrieval.

Date: September 19, 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: September 19, 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 –

Best regards,


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsuhe, Inc.

We are pleased to announce the Program for the PIUG 2019 NE Conference - Navigating Patent Information In A Flat World.  The conference will be held Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge.  Please visit the Overview page for registration information.

We’d like to ask you to share this conference information with colleagues and other professional organizations of which you are a member and through professional social networking forums such as LinkedIn and Twitter.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Shelley Pavlek, on behalf of the Program Committee

Good afternoon,

I'm hoping someone would be able to confirm or correct my understanding of grant dates for Japanese patents. The face of a published granted JP patent has two dates that are relevant to this question on it: INID code 24 - Date from which industrial property rights may have effect; and INID code 45 - Date of making available to the public by printing or similar process of a patent document on which grant has taken place on or before the said date (emphasis mine).

Am I correct in thinking that the grant date for a JP patent coincides with the INID code 24 date (aka Certificate of Patent), and NOT the publication date of the granted patent?

I notice Korean granted patents also have different dates in the INID codes 24 and 45. Is this similarly interpreted?

Are there any other jurisdictions that have different dates for the official grant date (INID 24) and the publication date of the grant (INID 45).

Many thanks in advance!

Definition of INID codes from