Update from PIUG 2011

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!

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Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia Added to Derwent World Patents Index

Recently Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) added the emerging Southeastern Asian countries of Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia to its growing collection. Trailing the BRIC(K) countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Korea) that we talked about in our previous post on the new PatBase coverage, these countries in Southeastern Asia are thought to be the next wave of economic development, and thus intellectual property development. Southeast Asia (under the ASEAN banner) accounts for 1.5 trillion USD in Gross Domestic Product. Read on to see what kind of coverage DWPI offers of these three key players in Southeast Asia as well as some interesting patent statistics from Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia.

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Blog Action Day 2010

Today we’re dedicating a post to Blog Action Day 2010. This event takes place every October 15th, uniting bloggers around the world to dedicate a post to the same topic, and trigger discussion about an important issue. This year’s topic is the importance of access to clean, safe drinking water.

Recently, Intellogist highlighted the industry trend of spotlighting green technology with our posts about Green technology in the Derwent World Patents Index and WIPO’s IPC Green Inventory.   Patents are an important source of technical information and patent databases are crucial to supporting research and development efforts, including those focused on green technology.  To find technologies related to the treatment of waste water, I explored both of these classifications.  By the way, my favorite way to find good classifications for a particular subject is to do a keyword search that uncovers highly relevant patents, and then check out the codes listed there.  But this time, I’m exploring the range of topics available to me, so I’ll start with the classification manuals.

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Green Patents in Derwent World Patents Index

Last week, we touched on green patent classification listings in our post about WIPO’s IPC Green Inventory. This week, we’ll look at a similar green patent classification listing: Derwent World Patents Index’s Green Technology Manual Codes. Come find out how these codes can help you find examples of green technology in your prior art search that keywords just aren’t turning up.
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New to patent searching? Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s true – I was once new to patent searching, blithely dumping keywords into Google and saying things like  “IPC code? What’s that?”  Ah, youth.   Fortunately, before turning me loose on the unsuspecting public, some extremely patient search experts worked with me on the major concepts of patent information.

And what is the biggest challenge for a new patent searcher?  In my view, it’s understanding the legal concepts behind the organization of patent information. Let me go through just a few of these ideas on a very basic level.  By the way, I am not a lawyer and none of this post constitutes legal advice.

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Gain the advantage in citation analysis: the Derwent Patent Citation Index

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It seems astonishing that the last annual PIUG conference took place more than three months ago. Although I learned so much at the conference, as time goes by I’m left with only my rapidly fading memories and a conference program full of illegibly scrawled notes. (I’ve heard the  Handwriting without Tears program is all the rage in the public schools – I wonder if I should enroll myself.)

Before my memories fade entirely, I wanted to blog about one more conference tidbit.   I thought it was interesting that Thomson Reuters chose to dedicate their workshop space to the Derwent Patent Citation Index (PCI) file.

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Derwent World Patents Index First View Retired

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You may not have noticed it, but Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) First View went gently into that good night at the end of July 2010. The First View file has integrated into the main DWPI file as the integration dates occured for each outstanding record. Read on to find out what DWPI First View was and why it mattered.
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Breaking news from the Dialog Customer Forum

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Yesterday I attended the Dialog Customer Forum event, which was held at the USPTO’s Madison building in Alexandria, Virginia. As always happens at these events, there was far more information presented than I can summarize here, but suffice it to say that if you are a Dialog or a ProQuest customer, you will want to keep your eye out for the new product releases that these companies are planning for the near future.

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