Update from PIUG 2011

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Well my first full day at PIUG 2011 in Cincinnati, OH is done.  Although I spent a good part of it eating Graeter’s ice cream, the news I learned is so interesting that I just have to share it.

I have fresh-off-the-press updates about Dialog, Innography, WIPO PATENTSCOPE®, PatBase, Derwent World Patents Index and more, so read on!

At a Dialog workshop lead by Ron Kaminecki, I jotted down three items that are worth repeating:

  • First, I was reminded of the value of running your keywords through a DIALINDEX search when using command line Dialog.  Doing this will show you a summary of the number of hits for the top Dialog files on your subject, helping you to see a good overview of which databases have coverage on your subject of interest.
  • Next, Ron gave a quick demo on Innography, a partner company to Dialog.  Innography specializes in integrating patent data with business, legal, and other technical sources.  The company has now data-mined a collection of industry standards and scientific literature, extracting and indexing the patent numbers contained within these sources.  If you run a number search through Innography you can quickly see the standards and articles which cite that patent. Then, you can execute a command to pull up the other patent numbers referenced by those sources, creating a larger pool of related patents to work with.
  • Finally, Ron gave a demo of ProQuest Dialog, an upcoming product that I have lots to say about (look for a whole blog post dedicated to this product very soon).  ProQuest Dialog offers a “Citation Lookup” search form which will allow users to enter bibliographic data for a specific item, and will search over the entire Dialog collection for a matching entry.

I also stopped by the WIPO PATENTSCOPE session to catch up on the new features of that valuable free service.  In addition to enhancing its Cross-Lingual Retrieval tool to support more languages, the folks at PATENTSCOPE have now released their own machine translation engine.  This engine is “domain-aware,” which means it can recognize the scientific subject area that a block of text is most likely to be related to, and translate it based on a language-pair dictionary which contains appropriate subject-specific terms.  It is also specifically calibrated to work well on patent titles and abstracts. A demonstration of this tool showed that it produces translations far superior to Google in some cases, and it can even suggest multiple alternative translations for ambiguous phrases.

A second major news item from PATENTSCOPE is that it can now support data export – up to 100 records per export.

Minesoft representatives also demonstrated some newly released features in PatBase.  A valuable new feature is multi-window mode:  users can enable this mode from the settings menu, which allows multiple windows to be open at the same time.  The great thing about this feature is that each window will automatically refresh when the user utilizes a keyboard shortcut to go to the next record, meaning fewer clicks are required as part of the product’s normal workflow.

To end the day I attended a discussion of patent classification and indexing in Thomson Reuters’ DWPI file (frequently accessed these days through the search platform Thomson Innovation).  DWPI contains an incredible amount of expert-created content and manual indexing; this particular presentation focused on the value of DWPI Manual Codes and their value.  The codes are split into three parts – electrical, engineering, and chemical.  The Electrical and Engineering codes are included in a normal DWPI subscription, while access to the chemical codes requires a separate subscription.

As a patent classification system that is rigorously applied by only one team of experts, Manual Codes are applied in a more consistent way than, for example, the IPC, which is used by teams of examiners in patent offices all over the world (with different quality standards).  Using Manual Codes as part of a DWPI search is just as valuable as using a national or regional classification system such as the USPC or IPC, and should be considered as part of every DWPI search.  I would encourage everyone to take an interest in learning more about the depth of indexing present in DWPI, as I believe its value can easily be overlooked by those who have not had extensive training on the product.

That’s all from sunny Cincinnati for now – I’ll be tweeting the Conference from the Intellogist Twitter account (using the #piug2011 hashtag), so check out my feed to learn all the breaking news!

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This post was contributed by Landon IP Librarian Kristin Whitman. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.


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