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

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

The acceleration of technology has revolutionized the manufacturing sector, taking the growing competitive environment to a completely different perspective in comparison to the traditional way of doing things. The advancements have expanded IP, in particular, patents, trademarks, copyrights - which have created complexities in managing the existing IP assets to suit the changing needs, thereby, causing IP wars. There is an essential need for strengthening the value system to withhold IP assets through a systematic approach and to meet the changing market dynamics of IP ecosystem. Major reforms in the existing frame work are required to suit the business of the future and to effectively create strategies for enhanced IP Management.

The future of manufacturing is bound to change and so will the IP ecosystem that supports it. As the manufacturing sector consists of highly diverse innovative companies and many sub sectors, the changes in market forces and technical advances make it mandatory to stay abreast and adjust its functioning’s to mitigate the risks and challenges. It should be ensured that the foundations of the future are robust and supported by the right protections all the way.

Prominent changes that will drive the manufacturing sector:

  1. Research and development
  2. Innovation
  3. Process efficiencies

Key Considerations:

For the smooth transitioning of the above changes, it’s imperative that proper patent and design right protection are maintained to maintain a competitive edge. The process of registering these protections in various jurisdictions lacks harmony and a streamlined approach will be an absolute necessity. Further, protection of knowledge transfer from individuals that would drive the above changes should also be considered and appropriate contractual provisions should be kept in place to avoid misuse of intellectual output.

Further concerns:

Appropriate protections should be considered for business critical information to mitigate risks of theft, loss or leaks from employees and third parties through open innovation channels. Remote working, use of mobile devices and ease of information exchange/transfer should be curtailed through clear and contractual provisions by tightly drafting, monitoring licenses and contracts with third party entities, wherever required.

 History bears the fact that a continued future threat for manufacturing arises from growing number of counterfeit goods and the ease with which these goods percolate the present business streams. The growth of additive manufacturing/3D printing shall make it even harder for manufacturers to identify.

To safeguard reputation and to avoid brand deterioration, there is a need to take quick calls. Some of the key areas that need to be focused by manufacturers to achieve sustainable and resilient growth are listed below:

IP Applications Timelines: The technological developments have led to growing number of patents, trademarks, which in turn have created over heads on patent office’s, obstructing smooth handling of their prosecution work. It would be quite difficult for manufacturers to manage deadlines, for IP fee payment, maintenance and their renewals. There is a need for a centralized public database to ensure smooth flow of proceedings and avoidance of any kind of interruptions.

IP Enforcement and Litigation Strategy:  A precise assessment is required; to analyze the market usability as well as validity of the technology. Market usability comprises assessment of various jurisdictions, for patent enforcement. A streamlined approach for identifying products to be targeted in different markets is required. Ascertaining the validity of technology should be comprehensive to absorb inadvertent gaps.

Technologies such as 3D printing might require amalgamation of IP various policies for protection. As a single variant might not fulfill the criteria for protection of the technology, other means of protection are required and everyone associated with these technologies, whether inventors, corporates, independent consultants, need to work on a tactical approach to meet the unforeseen challenges.

The competitive edge of the modern technological era has created a need for formulation of enhanced IP strategies. It is evident that changes in the manufacturing sector have begun and a strategic evaluation by inventors as well as IP attorneys shall play a pivotal role in order to avoid fallouts in IP protection.  It would be a necessity for OEMS to make IP specific strategies to protect their technology. The changing patent landscape analysis with insights in particular to additive manufacturing in aerospace shall be discussed in the coming issues.  


This is the first article in this series and shall be continued with further insights. To be continued with 3D Printing – Aerospace – Manufacturing 4.0 – Adapting IP Strategies.

For further information please contact:

Ram Tenneti

Executive Vice President | Sagacious Research | M: 0091-887-919-3964 ; 0091-995-801-3850

MaxVal Releases Max-IDS™ 4.0.2

MaxVal announces the latest upgrade to its information disclosure statement software, Max-IDS, version 4.0.2.

This new version includes multiple enhancements and new features, including:

  • Enhanced, high-speed import process for citations and non-patent literature, which eliminates manual effort and thereby reduces data entry errors.
  • New reference aging system helps avoid  Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) delays and supplemental IDS fees.
  • Expanded authentication and integration capabilities simplify deployment, eliminate password complexity for users and enhances connectivity with docketing systems.
  • Updated user-friendly dashboards, reports and alerts ensure users have quick, easy access to critical data needed to ensure timely filing of IDSs.

For more information on Max-IDS 4.0.2, please visit

STN e-Seminar in October 2018

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in October -


Title: The Derwent Markush Resource database (aka DWPIM) now on STNext™


Abstract: Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) now available on STNext™, is integrated in the classic STN workflow.
In this e-Seminar you will learn about the content and features of the Derwent Markush Resource database on the STNext platform. Also it will be shown how DWPIM can be used on STNext from structure searching to crossover to the Derwent World Patents Index® database and how to combine those Markush results with roles and non-structural fragmentation codes.
The session will illustrate various aspects of this database, including drawing structures using Derwent superatoms and-or STN generic nodes, and applying attributes to nodes and bonds. An example including structure drawing, finding the corresponding DWPI patent family records, and exporting of DWPI results including the hit structures will be part of this e-Seminar.
You should attend this e-seminar if you are a chemical searcher interested in Markush searching, if you would like a refresher on the substance search process in the Derwent databases on STNext or if you have used DWPIM on the new STN platform and would like to see how it works on STNext.


Date: October 25, 2018

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 25, 2018

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.


Hi everyone,

If you like to monitor your patent portfolio or that of your competitors but fear the time consuming effort of manual checks, FIZ PatMon is the right tool for you to stay informed about new family members and changes to the legal status of patent applications while requiring minimal effort to set up the monitoring. 

It is not just another monitoring tool but is based on the established, up-to-date INPADOC datasets upgraded with additions and standardizations from FIZ Karlsruhe, that are well known and highly valued by STN users.  FIZ PatMon offers reliable and flexible worldwide surveillance of patent rights:


  • Broad monitoring with all changes in a family or in the legal status
  • Very specific monitoring on selected countries, legal status events or categories
  • Links to Patent Office Registers and the Global Dossier


FIZ Karlsruhe offers an introduction to FIZ PatMon in English for three different time zones also giving an update on new developments of the last few months:


Introduction to FIZ PatMon

October 18, 2018

2 pm Eastern Daylight Time


Introduction to FIZ PatMon

October 24, 2018

1:30 pm Indian Standard Time
10 am European Summer Time


Introduction to FIZ PatMon

October 24, 2018

10 am Eastern Daylight Time
3 pm European Summer Time



You can find more information or the request for a trial here.


Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

Please join us for a terrific Program and Workshops at this years PIUG NE Conference.  Standard registration ends tonight.

Hope you can join us!

Shelley Pavlek (on behalf of the program/planning committee)

Are you looking to reduce the risk of missing engineered sequence patents and increase the speed and accuracy of your search for engineered sequences?

In recent years, significant breakthroughs have been made in understanding the biological mechanisms that cause and maintain different cancers. As a result, innovative therapies have emerged as genuine alternatives to chemotherapy.

In this webinar, we will review new biological therapeutic approaches such as CAR-T cell therapies and the challenges they present for patent searchers. We will illustrate how new tools, such as GENESEQ on SequenceBase and Derwent Innovation, can be used to reduce the margin for error during the patent search process, greatly increasing the speed and accuracy of your search for engineered sequences and the assessment of freedom to operate and actual infringement risk.

Webinar date:
October 4th
11:00 EST | 16:00 BST | 17:00 CEST

Carolyn Finch, Solution Scientist, Team Lead, Clarivate Analytics
Bob Stembridge, Marketing Communications Manager, Clarivate Analytics

Register here:

Please join us for a terrific Program and Workshops at this years PIUG NE Conference.  Standard registration ends September 28th.

Hope you can join us!

Shelley Pavlek (on behalf of the program/planning committee)

Dear fellow members of PIUG,

At the conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of CEPIUG in Milan, Italy last week there were two announcements made concerning ISBQPIP. Here the second one:

Dear PDG, CEPIUG, PIUG community,


As you have already been notified the ISBQPIP has been formally incorporated on August 31. This was announced at the conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the CEPIUG in Milan. At the same occasion the Supervisory Council also announced the opening of the 3 month window for application for Prior Experience Recognition (Grandparenting). This window of opportunity will be open for applicants from Europe and the US as outlined in the Rules. We distribute this announcement message as a separate message to avoid one announcement obscuring the other.

As indicated in the Rules the announcement would be made 3 months in advance of the opening of the application window. Consequently the application period will start on December 10, 2018 and will last until March 11, 2019.

We would like to refer any interested party to our website at where they can find information on the procedure in the Articles and Rules (see especially Rule 18 and 19), as well as a draft of the application form (which will be replaced by the official form at the start of said period) under 'Prior Experience Recognition' in the navigation bar. We are confident that this announcement will give everyone ample time to decide whether they will want to apply and also to prepare their applications and gather the requested documents.

Please help us to disseminate this information to your constituencies. Regular updates and reminders will be sent.


With kind regard

On behalf of the Supervisory Council of ISBQPIP

Bernd Wolter (secretary)

Dear fellow members of PIUG,

At the conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of CEPIUG in Milan, Italy last week there were two announcements made concerning the ISBQPIP. Here the first one:

Dear PIUG, CEPIUG and PDG community,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the official launch of the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (hereinafter the “ISBQPIP”). The ISBQPIP was officially established on 31 August 2018 in accordance with Dutch law at the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. The ISBQPIP is the organization that will be administering the examination, certification and registration of QPIPs. As you may recall, several volunteers from the PDG, CEPIUG and the PIUG have worked together since 2009 to establish a voluntary certification process for the international patent information community. It is envisioned that certification will help to raise the profile of the profession by providing a formal qualification as a QPIP. One of the hallmarks of any accredited profession is a consistent method by which to assess core competencies and to uphold and maintain professional standards in order to serve in the best interest of employers or clients. The initiative underwent two rounds of public consultation in 2015 and 2017 and we have summarised our responses to the comments and suggestions provided by the public for your reference.

We once again thank everyone who participated in shaping the certification of patent information professionals by providing their comments and suggestions. We are also indebted to Ms. Susan Helliwell, who was a steadfast and incredibly valuable volunteer of the certification initiative from the very start and who contributed enormously to the foundation of the ISBQPIP. It is so unfortunate that she passed away earlier this year before the ISBQPIP could be established, but her spirit will live on for many generations of QPIPs to come!

With kind regards,

Members of the first Supervisory Council of the ISBQPIP:

Ms Bettina de Jong (Chair)
Ms Susanne Hantos (Vice-Chair)
Mr Bernd Wolter (Secretary)
Mr Bart van Wezenbeek (Treasurer)
Mr Linus Wretblad
Mr Michele Fattori
Mr Frederic Baudour
Mr Colin Mc Carney

Tuesday, February 19, through Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141

Now in its thirteenth 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 October 26, 2018 on the following suggested topics:

  • 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”, bi- or multi-specific antibodies as well as modifications, digital health including wearable devices, therapeutic vaccines, unitary patent, gene therapy, gene editing (CRISPR), multi-CDR searching, combination therapeutics, advanced sequence  searching, medical devices and diagnostics.


  • The use of 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.


Also, 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.

The theme is meant to inspire but not limit topic selection - all topics related to biotechnology patent information research will be considered.

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 October 26, 2018:

  1. Proposed speaker name
  2. Brief biography
  3. Full contact information
  4. Presentation title
  5. 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 13, 2018 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 2019 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 2019 Biotechnology Conference! 

The PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Program Committee:

Co-Chairs: Greg Roland and Ellen Sherin

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Planning Committee Chair:

Co-Chairs: Qin Meng and Alison Taylor

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Workshop Chair:

Elyse Turner

Congratulations to CE-PIUG on their 10th anniversary and their first conference.  I just returned from representing PIUG at the meeting and had a wonderful time.  I want to thank the CE-PIUG board for inviting me.  It was a great meeting.  There was quite a bit of discussion about AI and how it will affect our profession.  I think that the consensus is that we will survive it but that we need to keep our skills current.  We heard about new products from WIPO and the EPO.  We heard about the QPIP Certification, which is ready to start.  There was a panel discussion on training and education of patent searching professionals.  As usual, I saw some old friends and made some new ones.  Go to for more information.

Martha Yates