Landon IP India is Offering Course on U.S. Patent Law

Landon IP India is excited to announce that it is offering PRG’s Patent Bar Review Course in Bangalore in July.  This is the same industry-leading course that, until now, was exclusively offered in the United States.

This is the perfect course for anyone wanting to understand how U.S. patent examiners and patent attorneys are taught about patent law. Attendees can leverage similar approaches, and the detailed knowledge of U.S. patent law obtained through this course, to confidently support projects related to U.S. patent applications.

This 5-day classroom course is offered at The Zuri Whitefield in Bangalore on July 20-24, 2015, at a cost of 1,40,195 INR per student, which includes the following benefits:

  • Attendance at this classroom course
  • 1 year of access to the PRG online course
  • 1 year of access to the PRG online patent bar exam prep software — ExamWareTM — a great tool for reinforcing what you have learned

For more information, please visit PRG’s website.  To register for the July program in Bangalore, please complete the registration form (one completed form per attendee) and return it to Yati Agarwal of Landon IP India at india@landon-ip.com.  In addition, if you have any questions about this course, please contact Ms. Agarwal at this same email address.

USPTO Collaborates With Korea and Japan Patent Offices on Patent Search

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has signed two separate Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for a new pilot program designed to share prior art search information with patent applicants before the actual examination of the patent application begins. The MOCs were signed at a bilateral meeting during the IP5 Heads Meeting in Suzhou, China. More about the pilot program after the break!
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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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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.

Patent Searches from Landon IP

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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New PatSeer Updates Released

The latest update of patent search and analysis platform PatSeer comes with key enhancements and new features, including the addition of Philippines full-text patent collection and new keyboard shortcuts. Let us take a detailed look at the updates after the break.

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