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.

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Landon IP’s Kartar Arora To Speak At The PIUG 2015 Annual Conference In May

Landon IP expert Kartar Arora, who is the Technical Lead for the Patent Search Group’s Chemistry team, will be speaking at the Patent Information Users Group’s (PIUG) 2015 annual conference  on the topic of “Valuation of IP from Cradle to Grave – Guidelines for Patent Search Professionals”. His presentation will cover guidelines that can be followed by patent search professionals to better understand the goals of IP management and focus their efforts in meeting these goals. This presentation will also discuss ideas for a comprehensive system for valuation of IP that can be applied from ideation to various events during the lifetime of a patent.

The PIUG conference will be taking place from Saturday, May 2 through Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.  Mr. Arora’s presentation will take place on May 5 from 2:35pm – 3:05pm.

Mr. Arora holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Chemistry from the University of Michigan and is a Registered Patent Agent.  In addition to his patent searching experience, he has experience with patent prosecution, drafting of patent applications, monitoring and coordination of patenting activities, and patent management systems.

Landon IP Reference Desk Librarian Joelle Mornini will also be attending this event.  For those of you who can’t be there, Ms. Mornini will be live-tweeting her impressions and reactions to key presentations and announcements throughout the conference on the Intellogist Twitter feed.

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.

Apply for the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award to Attend the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference for Free!

The mission of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) is to “support, assist, improve and enhance the success of patent information professionals through leadership, education, communication, advocacy and networking.” This year, the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference will be held from April 27 to May 2, 2013 in Alexandria, Virginia at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, and the organization is again offering new patent information professionals the chance to attend the conference for free by entering to win the 2013 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award.  This annual award is dedicated to the memory of one of the world’s most talented patent information search professionals, Dr. Brian Stockdale, who traveled extensively throughout the world imparting his knowledge of patent searching.  Are you a student or a new professional with less than three years experience in the patent information field who wants to attend the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference?  Then you should submit an essay by February 8, 2013 to be considered for the 2013 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award, which offers an award that covers membership in PIUG for the current year, conference registration, and standard travel expenses to the conference.

Read on to learn about the entry process and awards package for the 2013 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award!

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Patent Information Users Group Accepting Applications for the 2012 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award

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It’s that time of year again, everybody! The PIUG 2012 Annual Conference is coming up in Denver, Colorado from April 28th through May 3rd. Once again the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award will be presented to go along with all the great presentations, networking, and official business happenings.

Sound familiar? You may recall us promoting the importance of the award last year.

The Brian Stockdale Memorial Award continues to be a great tradition kept alive by PIUG to recognize and promote new talent within the patent information field. Even if you aren’t a newcomer, I’ll bet you know someone who is and would be deserving of a nomination, so please read on to find out exactly how to participate in the award selection process!

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Biotech patents and their pitfalls: Names-for-Life adds value to your biology searches

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During last month’s annual PIUG meeting, it was my good fortune to see a presentation from George Garrity, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University and a co-founder of NamesforLife, LLC.   From George I learned about an important challenge affecting searchers of biological information: rapidly changing organism names.

This is an exciting time to be a biologist, as new knowledge is rapidly being discovered through DNA sequencing technology.   But one downside is that a fast-moving field means a quickly changing taxonomy: as bacterial strains are differentiated from one another, their specific names frequently evolve.  I was astonished to learn that the list of validly published names of Bacteria and Archaea changes about 15 times a week, and informal or trivial names are created and enter into the literature at a rate of approximately 100-150 times/day.  Read on to discover how these challenges impact the patent field, and how the Names-for-Life technology is designed to help.

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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!

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How I found my way in patent information

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Our online community for discussing challenges in patent and prior art search, Intellogist, has now been around for a few years.  Recently somebody asked me a tricky question regarding patent families, and I soon found myself digging through my personal files.  Some of the older stuff I turned up sent me down memory lane, and I figured the blog would be the perfect place to reminisce.

The days when I was first putting Intellogist content together didn’t feel very productive.  Mostly they were spent reading and cross referencing the existing literature on patent information sources – of which there was, or so it seemed to me, surprisingly little.  This industry is so important, yet its practices are so lightly documented.   It might astonish you to know that before I put together the information in the earliest Intellogist glossary articles and reports,  I had to perform literally months of research.   I was actually quite hard on myself about it, really, because I was sure a perfectly drawn, crystal clear, up-to-date article on the history of patent families and other patent information developments had to be floating out there on the internet, ready for anyone to read.

If that document exists, I haven’t found it yet (so please forward it to me at your earliest opportunity).  In this post I’ll share what resources worked for me, and I’ll give some perspective on what it means to be just starting out in this industry.

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