USPTO And Reed Tech Launch New Patent Alerts Service

The United States Patent and Trademarks Office, in partnership with Reed Technology and Information Services, has launched the new Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS) platform, a free content change detection and notification service that provides customized email alerts to the public when U.S. patent applications are published. The tool will also allow users direct access to published patent applications that match their search requirements. More on the tool after the break!
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Top 10s from the PIUG 2015 Annual Conference: Product Updates and Presentations

The Patent Information User Group (PIUG) 2015 Annual Conference was held this year at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois (right outside of Chicago), and this year’s program took us on a trip around the world and across a wide range of uses for patent information.  As Kristin Whitman described last year, the schedule of the PIUG Conference is always a 3-day extravaganza of panels covering a broad variety of topics in the patent information field, and three extra days are also dedicated to various workshops. There’s no way I’d be able to cover every panel and workshop in a single blog post (you can see the abstracts and speaker biographies for all panels here), so instead, I’m just going to share the Top Tens for the conference under two categories:

  1. Product updates
  2. Conclusions that I came away with from the presentations

If you’d like to see the slides for all 2015 presentations, as well as gain access to the slides for all PIUG Conference materials dating back to 2007, then I’d highly recommend becoming a member of PIUG. The group is the perfect organization for patent searchers, patent analysts, and librarians in the IP field to use for networking, continuing education, and career development.

Continue reading for the top 10 product updates and takeaways from presentations at the PIUG 2015 Annual Conference!
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Landon IP Is Hiring!

Landon IP, the creator of and the Intellogist Blog and the industry leader in patent searching and analytics, has the following job opportunities available:

  • Patent Analysts – US, Europe, Japan – Strategically perform searches relating to patentability (novelty), validity, freedom-to-operate and infringement.
  • Manager, Patent Search Group Operations – Europe – Responsible for all Patent Search Group activities at Landon IP in Europe including personnel management, quality assurance, optimizing the workflow and ensuring customer satisfaction.
  • Technical Consultant – US, Japan – Technical Consultant works to fulfill customer’s needs in our patent analytics services group.

For more in depth information on these and other positions available, please visit  Landon’s Careers page.


Google Launches Patent Marketplace

Search giant Google has invited patent holders, both companies and individuals, to sell their patents to the company as a part of its Patent Purchase Promotion program, an experiment designed to streamline the process of selling patents, particularly for smaller participants. Google is quite active in the patents market and offers its own Google Patent Search tool.

The company said in a blog post that the patent marketplace will allow patent owners to pitch their individual patents to Google along with the price at which they are willing to sell them. Patent holders will be able to make their submission online from May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, after which, Google will review the patents and inform submitters whether it is interested in the patents by June 22. If Google decides to purchase the patents, the sellers will be paid towards the end of August, 2015 via direct ACH bank transfer.

According the Patent Purchase Promotion FAQ page, patent owners or anyone with the permission from the patent owner to sell the patents, can apply for the program. The catch is that patent owners will not be able to submit entire families of patents but individual patents only. However, patent owners can make as many individual submissions as they want to. Google said that the reason for this is that they want to keep the process as simple as possible. Also, only US patents qualify for this program.

Once Google decides to purchase a particular patent, the patent owners will not be allowed to change the price provided for the patent at the time of submission. Also, patent owners will not be able to offer the shortlisted patent to other buyers after Google initiates the purchase process. The company mentioned that sellers will be retain a license back to their patents if they want to continue to practice the invention covered by the patent.

However, Google stated that as this is an experiment, it does not know the kind of response it would get in terms of submissions; therefore, large submissions could push back the deadlines mentioned by the company. Google also strongly advised patent sellers to consult with a lawyer before initiating the process.

Visit here for additional information.

What do you think of the Google Patent Purchase Program? Will you be offering your patent to Google for sale? Tell us in the comments below!

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This post was contributed by Abhishek Tiwari. The Intellogist blog and Intellogist are provided for free by Landon IP, which is a CPA Global company. Landon IP is a major provider of professional services meeting the needs of the IP community, including patent searches; analytics and technology consulting; patent, legal, and technical translations; and information research and retrieval.

USPTO Awards 2015 Patents For Humanity Winners

In a ceremony held at the White House,  the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  awarded the winners of its Patents For Humanity program for using game-changing technology to help people in less developed parts of the world. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting innovations that strive to solve long-standing development challenges.

The 2015 Patents for Humanity awards ceremony recognized seven recipients in five categories, which included Medicine, Sanitation, Energy, Nutrition and Living Standards. The USPTO also made three honorable mentions, entries that did not win but made significant contributions to the betterment of humanity. The winners and honorable mentions were selected from the 2014 application period. Read more about the winners after the break!

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Chemical Structure Searching Now Available on Wikipedia

This is a guest post contributed by Shankar Manyem, a Patent Analyst in Landon IP’s Patent Search Group’s Chemistry Team.


Wikipedia is a very useful resource for searching information on chemicals, with the platform hosting more than 15,000 of them. However, until now, it was only possible to search Wikipedia using text terms such as chemical names (and fragment names), trade names, CAS Registry numbers, and to a limited extent, SMILES text.  Now, a structure search engine, Wikipedia Chemical Structure Explorer, is available that allows structure searching of Wikipedia chemical entries. The Wikipedia Chemical Structure Explorer was produced by joint collaboration by researchers from Novartis, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Actelion Pharmaceuticals.

The website allows for searching chemicals through either exact, similarity, or sub-structure options. Upon accessing the website, four modules are presented:

  1. Module which allows for a structure to be drawn through the JSME Molecular Editor.
  2. Basic information module that provides options to view the result in Wikipedia and to search other similar molecules.
  3. List module that provides a list of results based on the structure search.
  4. Synopsis module that provides the Wikipedia entry for the top hit structure.

Currently, there are about 13263 structure searchable entries, which are typically updated nightly (e.g., on 4/10/15, there were only 13250 structure searchable entries).

Wikipedia Chemical Structure Search User Interface.

Wikipedia Chemical Structure Search User Interface.


Wikipedia Chemical Structure Explorer Advantages:

  • The results are presented on the fly as the structure is drawn, providing for structure query modification depending on the number of results.
  • It is possible to combine structure searching with keyword search, although the keyword has to be part of the title of the article in Wikipedia – this allows for identifying, e.g., all amines that contain a benzene ring by drawing a benzene ring and using “amin” as text filter.
  • The results are limited to common chemicals, e.g., active pharmaceutical ingredients, pesticides, etc., for which a reference would typically be provided in the Wikipedia page.


Wikipedia Chemical Structure Explorer Limitations:

  • The data set is, of course, limited to chemicals in Wikipedia, i.e., popular chemicals – even here, not all chemicals in Wikipedia are structure searchable since many entries just have text entries and are missing structural entries in a form recognizable by the search script.
  • Keywords other than those in the title of the article are not searchable and cannot be used as text limitations, e.g., property data such as molecular weight or formula cannot be used to limit a search.
  • The results are limited to and are linked to the English pages of Wikipedia – the chemicals in the French or German versions will possibly be included in future versions.


Further description of the Wikipedia chemical structure explorer can be found in an article published in Journal of Cheminformatics.

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This post was contributed by Abhishek Tiwari. The Intellogist blog and Intellogist are provided for free by Landon IP, which is a CPA Global company. Landon IP is a major provider of professional services meeting the needs of the IP community, including patent searches; analytics and technology consulting; patent, legal, and technical translations; and information research and retrieval.

Japan Patent Office Releases J-Plat Pat

The Japan Platform for Patents (J-Plat Pat) is a new patent searching platform launched by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) that is designed to offer patent information including Japanese utility models, design and trademark data to aid in intellectual property strategy building. The platform is a successor to the Industrial Property Digital Library (IPDL) service which has now been discontinued by the JPO. The service comes in both English and Japanese language versions. Read on for an in-depth look at J-Plat Pat.

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