Get ready for some great presentations at the PIUG 2014 Annual Conference!

The all-volunteer PIUG annual conference planning committee has been working hard to put together this year’s program, and as usual, they’ve done a fantastic job.  The upcoming PIUG 2014 Annual Conference will take place from April 26 – May 1, 2014 in Garden Grove, California.  I strongly recommend attending the PIUG conference if you work with patent data.  The program is always excellent, and includes in-depth analysis of challenges we encounter in our daily work.  In addition, the networking opportunities are wonderful, because this conference is attended by a highly concentrated group of experts in the field.  Anybody you bump into in the buffet line or sit next to in a workshop is guaranteed to have some fascinating information to share.

Intrigued? Read on for some highlights of PIUG’s 2014 annual conference program, and start booking your tickets to Garden Grove.

Dr. Stephen Boyer (Research Solutions for the ChemPharma Industry, IBM Almaden Research Center) will deliver the keynote address, The Past, Present & Future of Computer Curation of Patents & Scientific Literature.  He will discuss how patent search technologies have evolved beyond simply indexing full text.  Advanced technologies can now be used to process both full text and images, enabling the automatic identification of entities such as chemicals, genes and diseases.  This valuable data can then be cross-correlated with other literature types to reveal and predict relationships, transforming the patent database from a source that can be searched, to a source that can be mined to discover relationships and generate new scientific hypotheses.  This discussion of exciting new trends in patent information processing is not to be missed.

Here a short list of other fascinating presentations that will be given at PIUG 2014:

  • Kas Kasravi of Hewlett-Packard will share with us his semantic analysis approach to detecting obviousness in patents.
  • A panel of senior patent counsel from multi-national corporations will discuss their views on patent analytics and citation-based analysis, and how they can be used to address their customers’ business needs.
  • Stephen Adams of Magister Ltd. will address the impact of the European unitary patent.  This major change is approaching fast, and it is critical that we understand how this change will affect our daily practice.
  • A panel of senior patent counsel from various technical backgrounds will discuss their views on patent search quality indicators.
  • Barbara Miller of Novartis will present methods for searching emerging technologies.
  • Yan Lui will present a proposed model for predicting patent quality using machine learning.
  • Dilip Pandya of Qualcomm will compare searching and analyzing pharma/biotech materials vs. materials in the ICT space.

This list represents just a sample of the intriguing patent information topics that will be discussed at PIUG 2014, and you should browse the full program at for more information.  You should also keep an eye on the workshops that will be offered before and after the conference, as these also tend to be very worthwhile.  The workshops are listed here:

Registration details for the conference can be found at

Are you planning to attend the PIUG 2014 annual meeting?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Patent Searches from Landon IP

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 searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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