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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 @ haxel.com  

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 –


https://stnevents.webex.com/


Best regards,


Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsuhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

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!
Anne


Definition of INID codes from http://ips.clarivate.com/m/pdfs/dwpicovkinds/inid_codes.pdf

PIUG is co-sponsoring a symposium at the 2019 Fall American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego.  This session is part of the ACS's Chemical Information Division program, and is 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.  Speakers will include PIUG members Stephen Adams, Edlyn Simmons, Ian Weatherbee and John Zabilski, as well as patent attorneys representing the legal aspects of patentability.

Our session will be held at the Omni San Diego Hotel the morning of Sunday, August 25.  You can register for a single day if you can't attend the whole 5-day conferencee.  Register at https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/national-meeting/registration/pricing.html.  


We are thrilled to announce that the second annual Patent Olympiad will take place October 27-29 in Bucharest, Romania. The competition is right before the EPO's Patent Information conference, at the same location, so one could combine the two events for outstanding networking, learning and competing!


Registration to the Patent Olympiad includes:

  • an optional (but fun!) meet and greet event on October 27 with a bit of sightseeing
  • one entry in the competition proper (the Exam) on October 28
  • admission to the awards presentation for Patent Olympiad on October 29, to be held during EPOPIC 2019 (details TBD)

You'll have a chance to meet your fellow research enthusiasts from around the world and share your love of patent research. Then you'll get to pit your skills against your peers in a tough but lighthearted competition for patent research glory. 


Last year, the competition brought together 21 participants from 10 different countries and we had a blast together.

The Patent Olympiad will be arranged in a three-part format.

  1. Invalidity search – you’ll have to find prior art for a given fictional patent 
  2. Prior art search – you’ve got to craft a search strategy
  3. Multiple choice - patent-related questions.

All of these challenges have been devised by our fiendish Quizmasters (Catherine Chiba , Linus Wretblad , Dr Nigel S. Clarke , Guido Moradei and Andrea Davis ) who have been dragooned from all corners of the world to give you a hard time :)


The seats are limited, so head over to our registration page and sign-up! If you have any questions, send an email to info@patentolympiad.org



The purpose of the vacancy announcement is to identify a consultant who would prepare a feasibility study on a certification scheme for staff of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).


We are writing to your association in particular due to its experience in establishing certification programs closely related to the work of TISCs.


The vacancy announcement, including background information, expected deliverables, and applicant requirements, can be found at:  The URL for the vacancy announcement is: https://wipo.taleo.net/careersection/wp_03/jobdetail.ftl?job=19200]


More information about TISCs can be found at: http://www.wipo.int/tisc


The deadline for applications is August 9, 2019 (EOB).


At this time, the PIUG Collaboration with EPO and WIPO on Facilitating Access to Worldwide Patent Information has finished preparing the updates to the Patent Office Resources page on the PIUG wiki. The page contains links and high-level summaries of the information available on the EPO and WIPO websites. Suggestions on additional quick guides for Patent Registers from other countries and/or patenting authorities of interest to be included in this PIUG wiki page are most welcome. Please contact @Cynthia Barcelon Yang or @Cynthia Gallagher with any suggestions.

STN e-Seminar in July

Hi everyone,


STN is running the following e-Seminar in July -

 

Title: Legal Status Information on INPADOC


Abstract: The International Patent Documentation file (INPADOC) is a global collection of bibliographic and legal status information. The INPADOC database is produced by the European Patent Office (EPO), enhanced by FIZ Karlsruhe editorial team, and provided in two enhanced versions on STN: INPADOCDB in which one patent application represents one record, and INPAFAMDB, in which one global patent family represents one record.

In this e-seminar, we will provide a short introduction to INPADOC on STN, including an overview about the content and the database organization, and will present the legal status data of INPADOC in more detail. The STN implementation of INPADOC with two files allows efficient searching, from broad to highly granular. We will illustrate this by discussing different case studies, e.g. searching for country specific information from EP and PCT applications, searching for SPC information and discuss recent coverage extensions for pre-grant legal status information from US.

This e-Seminar will be of interest to those new on STN and also to more experienced searchers looking to update and refresh their INPADOC skills on STN.


Date: July 25, 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: July 25, 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 –


https://stnevents.webex.com/


Best regards,


Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com

Why I volunteer

I have been thinking about volunteering quite a bit lately.  We just got done with the PIUG annual conference, which requires lots of volunteers.  Last week, I did 2 days of trail training at the local state park.  I am the trail boss for the local chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Missouri (don't ask, it was a weak moment).  The training was about how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  There is reduced staff at the parks and they need volunteers to help with the trails.  Then last weekend, I took my horse to a dressage show, which requires volunteers.  Volunteers are getting harder to find, so it isn't just PIUG.  I volunteer because I have always felt that if I was going to participate then I needed to help out.  If I am going to ride the trails, then I need to help maintain them.  If I am going to shows, then I need to help run them.  If I am going to be part of PIUG, then I need to help with its activities.  I was shocked recently when a co-worker told me that her parents didn't believe in volunteering.  I have not yet followed up with her to see just why they objected to it.  That is a contrast to my parents who volunteered a lot.  My dad was on the school board and coached sports teams.  Mom helped build and maintain trails and was very active in her church. 

One of my frustrations with volunteer organizations is that they seem to run on the same bunch of volunteers until those burn out and then the next wave comes through.  I have always thought that if there was a broader base, we wouldn't have to burn people out.  I do have a rule though that if you are going to complain about something not getting done then you should step up and volunteer to do it!   There are so many volunteer jobs that don't require a huge commitment.  We would love to have folks to help us with marketing the organization.  We need people to help with social media.  We need help with committees, particularly someone with vision for our electronic communications.  You don't have to do the back end work just provide some vision.   Sometimes, we just need feedback.  We need the next board (elections are in 2020).  That is a bit more commitment.  I have not perfected the fine art of tapping people on the shoulder and asking them to volunteer.  I always hope that people will find some aspect that they are interested in and will step up to make a difference.  

I think about everything I have gotten out of volunteering.  Certainly there is no better feeling than riding along a trail that you helped build.  But I have learned management skills.  I have learned cat herding skills (running a volunteer organization is a serious cat herding job).  Oddly enough, my job requires a great deal of cat herding.  I have no actual authority but I have a great deal of influence (just like PIUG, etc.).  I have wonderful friendships from all of these activities.  I also like to think that I am making the world a better place for everyone.  There is a sense of community and a sense of building something together that is hard to replicate any other way.  

Part of the trail training was how to manage a volunteer activity.  Safety was a main concern (fortunately that doesn't come up too often at PIUG).  Appreciation was another key element.  I have tried to up our appreciation quota in the last couple of years.  Reasonable expectations were another.  You don't expect people to kill themselves working on the trails.  We don't expect huge commitments from everyone.  We do want you to fulfill your commitment or at least tell us when you can't do it, but you don't have to make it a full-time job. I appreciate anything someone does for PIUG.  It might be the equivalent of building 100 yards to brand new trail or it might be lopping some honeysuckle back but it is still appreciated.  I just like the sense of accomplishment.  I like seeing and riding on trails that I have built or maintained.  I like going to horse shows.  I like going to PIUG conferences and training.

So, find something you are passionate about and volunteer.  I can assure you that you will be glad you did.  And that everyone in PIUG will appreciate it.

Martha Yates

We had another wonderful PIUG annual conference a couple of weeks ago.  A big thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers who make it all work.  But I wanted to tell a story of why I love PIUG so much.  About a week before the conference, I got a request to search for a box.  Now, I work for Bayer (legacy Monsanto), so I search biotech, chemistry, some digital agriculture stuff recently, but I have never searched for a box.  I asked if it could wait until after PIUG, which it could.  On Monday, we had a talk on designs and then Dominic DeMarco gave a great talk on how to search designs.  So now I knew how to approach doing a design search on it.  Then on Wednesday afternoon Serco did a really wonderful workshop on indexing with CPC and how to use it for searching.  I had heard a couple of talks by them before and the workshop was just exceptional.  Turns out that indexing boxes is really hard (and now I know why, there are lots of features).  We talked through all the steps in indexing and how to look stuff up in the classification scheme and how to use that to identify what features you needed to know about.  It was very helpful.  I haven't been a big user of codes because the biotech stuff is not coded very well (it is greatly improved in the CPC), but for this it was really useful.  Not only useful in identifying the codes, but also in identifying what features to look for and that might be mentioned.  I didn't just use the codes, but I was able to use the features to come up with terms that I wanted to add to the search.  Before attending the conference, I wouldn't have had as much confidence in how to approach something so outside my usual field.  Seeing how the indexer views the patent really helps in understanding what is done.  So I was able to perform a reasonably good patentability search, give the attorney some examples of how he might want to claim the idea based on some related things that I found, and give him an idea of what else we might want to look at as the features materialize.  All because I went to the PIUG annual conference!

Thank you to everyone who made the conference possible.

Martha Yates

STN e-Seminar in June 2019

Hi everyone,

STN is running the following e-Seminar in June -

 

Title: Introduction to the Derwent World Patents Index on STNext®

 

Abstract: Discover the entry point to global patent information on STNext! Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) is the world’s most comprehensive value-added database of international patent information covering all aspects of science and technology. In this e-seminar you will learn:

• What is the Derwent World Patent Index and why should I use it?
• Take a tour of a typical database record.
• Patent family information in DWPI.
• Search examples

This e-Seminar will be of interest to those new to DWPI on STN, and also to more experienced searchers looking to update and refresh their DWPI skills on STNext.

 

Date: June 27, 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: June 27, 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 –

https://stnevents.webex.com/

 

Best regards,

Jim

Jim Brown

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.

jim.brown@fiz-k.com