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The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

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PIUG 2012 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

View From a Mile High –
Best Practices in Analysis and Visualization of Patent Information

Overview | Program | Conference Materials (PIUG members only) | Sponsors
Workshops | Brian Stockdale Award

Saturday April 28 – Thursday May 3, 2012

Denver Hilton City Center
(formerly Denver Marriott City Center)
1701 California Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

PIUG gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors and exhibitors
who have generously provided support for this event.

Emerald Sponsors

Questel has been focusing on its core business, Intellectual Property since its inception in the early 70's. We provide a suite of leading-edge patent, trademark and industrial design services to researchers, lawyers, scientists, and competitive intelligence professionals. Known for the largest databases collections in the world, we also offer a wide array of tools for searching, mapping, watching, archiving and sharing information, as well as analyzing and managing IP portfolios. All our services are available from our portal Since 2007, Questel has been supported by the leading European mid-cap Private Equity investor, Syntegra Capital.


Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

Our Scientific knowledge and information is essential for drug companies to discover new drugs and get them to market faster, for researchers to find relevant papers and know what's newly published in their subject, and for businesses to optimize their intellectual property and find competitive intelligence.



Sapphire Sponsors
BizInt Solutions

Our BizInt Smart Charts software helps you create, customize, and distribute tabular reports from patent and drug pipeline databases. With BizInt Smart Charts for Patents, you can create reports combining data from patent and literature databases on STN, PatBase, Questel, TotalPatent, MicroPatent, GenomeQuest, and other sources and distribute HTML reports with automatically generated links to full patents.



STN® International, the premium online service in science and patent information, provides access to nearly 200 databases from renowned producers. Only STN offers CAplus, CAS REGISTRY, DWPI, and the various INPADOC databases on a single platform. Its powerful, transparent retrieval system helps find journal literature, patents, structures, sequences, properties, and other data. Also available are excellent analysis, visualization and post-processing tools. With precise and comprehensive information, STN supports information professionals in answering business-critical questions. STN is operated jointly by CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe worldwide and is represented in Japan by JAICI.



Amethyst Sponsors

INTELLIXIR develops INTELLIXIR System, a Web application for technologic, scientific and competitive intelligence purposes dedicated to organizations eager to transform the cost of structured information into a high valuable decision. Studies on patentability, detection of emerging trends, identification of major players, the search for partners, or the development of periodic indicators are the main applications offered by the INTELLIXIR System.


Minesoft, Ltd.

Minesoft creates and provides products and solutions for the patent information sector, including PatBase, a US and international searchable full-text and bibliographic database, PatentArchive, Patent Tracker, and PatentOrder, providing linked archives, legal and competitor tracking & alerting services & patent document delivery by Internet and for Intranets. Minesoft serves leading corporations, Patent Offices and patent attorney firms worldwide.


Search Technology/VantagePoint

So much information, so little time. For 30 years Search Technology has helped people succeed in rich information environments. Since 1998, VantagePoint text mining software has helped Patent Analysts, Competitive Technical Intelligence Professionals, and Technology Managers find relationships and identify patterns within search results from patent, scientific, technical, and business databases. Visit our table to discover why many of today's Fortune 100 companies use VantagePoint to give them a smart marketplace advantage.


Technology & Patent Research International, Inc

Technology & Patent Research (TPR) International, Inc. is a full service search firm specializing in researching worldwide patent and non-patent information sources for all areas of technology. TPR International offers a variety of services, including analysis of worldwide patent and non-patent literature for state-of-the-art searches through to infringement and validity studies conducted via online databases and/or via manual searching conducted at patent offices and libraries in Europe, the U.S. and Japan.





The Dialog online-based information services help organizations across the globe to seek competitive advantages in such fields as business, science, engineering, finance and law. The Dialog portfolio of products and services, including Dialog® and DataStar®, offers organizations the ability to precisely retrieve data from more than 1.4 billion unique records of key information, accessible via the Internet or through delivery to enterprise intranets. As part of ProQuest, a leader in the collection, organization and publishing of information, Dialog combines industry expertise with technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, scientific, and media markets.



Dolcera is a knowledge services company specializing in intellectual property, technology and market research services for US, European and Asian clients. Dolcera is a technology trailblazer and innovator with a variety of easy-to-use tools for collaboration and information visualization that its clients have come to love. The Dolcera team, based out of India and US, has delivered complex analysis and research projects in areas including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, software, and mechanical and chemical engineering.


E-Merge Tech

E-Merge tech Global Services is a premier ISO 9001:2008 certified Patent, Technology and Competitive Intelligence Services Company. E-Merge Tech's clients are Corporate, Patent Research Companies, Research Institutions, Universities and Law Firms across the globe. Our Services include Patentability searches, Patent Valuation, Patent Drafting, Patent Due Diligence Invalidity, FTO, STA, Infringement Analysis, Licensing Support Services, White Space Analysis, Landscaping Studies, Alert / Tracking Services, Technology scouting and Portfolio Analysis & Management. We cover Engineering, Life sciences, and Software domains and focus on Technology, Legal and Market dimensions.


European Patent Office

Patent information from the European Patent Office (EPO) encompasses over 70 million documents and is reputed for its regular updates and high quality data. Highlights from the EPO at this year's PIUG conference include:

  • PATSTAT - the raw data for patent analysis
  • Patent Translate - the new machine translation service for patents
  • Open data at
  • Legal status data from Japan
  • Cooperative Patent Classification



GenericsWeb, the leader in pharmaceutical patent searching and analysis, holds an impeccable track record in providing quality patent information. With customers in over 40 countries including big pharma, generic manufacturers, legal practices, government departments and consultants, GenericsWeb allows numerous companies to successfully navigate intellectual property hazards and avoid costly patent litigation. With headquarters in Sydney, and customer support offices in North America and Europe, GenericsWeb boasts 50% of the world's top 10 generics companies as key customers, including global heavyweights such as Pfizer, Novartis/Sandoz, Hospira, Mylan, Sanofi-Aventis, Dr Reddy's, Amgen and Baxter. All staff are highly skilled and experienced and have extensive experience in pharmaceutical sciences and patent searching.



GenomeQuest, the leader in sequence data management (SDM), helps genomic researchers and their organizations make great discoveries far faster. Over 160 leading life science companies including 17 of the top 20 pharmaceuticals, use GenomeQuest for mission-critical work. Using GenomeQuest, researchers perform discoveries, manage and share sequence data, and access the world's largest collection of reference databases from a Web browser and personalized dashboard.


Global Language Translation and Consulting

GLTAC offers accurate technical translations of your documents: everything from Patents to Safety Data Sheets, ISO manuals, SAP training documents, shipping labels, and much more. Our skilled native-language translators possess either degrees and/or work experience in the subject area, greatly increasing the initial quality and reducing the overall time it takes to do a translation. In addition, our reviewers have the same qualifications plus the added responsibility of ensuring your documents contain consistent terminology usage and are error-free. Combining this talented linguistic staff with experienced project managers creates a team focused on exceeding your expectations every time.



Gridlogics combines technology leadership with deep patent industry expertise to come up with products that ease day-to-day challenges faced by patent professionals. Gridlogics flagship product Patent iNSIGHT Pro is a fully-featured patent analytics solution that includes powerful tools to import, clean and slice-dice patent data and finally generates charts and visuals as per user needs. Gridlogics has recently launched a web based patent research and delivery platform PatSeer that aims to change how patent professionals collaborate on patent projects with internal and external stakeholders.


IET Inspec

Gridlogics combines technology leadership with deep patent industry expertise to come up with products that ease day-to-day challenges faced by patent professionals. Gridlogics flagship product Patent iNSIGHT Pro is a fully-featured patent analytics solution that includes powerful tools to import, clean and slice-dice patent data and finally generates charts and visuals as per user needs. Gridlogics has recently launched a web based patent research and delivery platform PatSeer that aims to change how patent professionals collaborate on patent projects with internal and external stakeholders.


IFI Claims®

IFI CLAIMS Patent Services has been dedicated to enriching and curating patent information since the 1950s. IFI continues its tradition of enabling access to high quality patent data with CLAIMS Direct -- an open data platform and web service providing access to the IFI CLAIMS Global Patent database. The robust API allows easy integration of a comprehensive database into 3rd party applications like KMX - a modern text mining and visualization tool.



The Interllective builds tools for document-based search. Patent research begins with a full text query; users submit an entire document, or any description the concept being researched, and within seconds begin to discover a broad landscape framed around the submitted text. This approach bypasses keywords, and goes straight from idea to discovery. Our unparalleled algorithms reveal unique, relevant results without the need for complex query formation. Built on the same technology, our enterprise solutions produce a deep conceptual analysis of large, private collections of unstructured text.



LexisNexis® offers a suite of solutions specifically designed to enhance the quality and efficiency of your patent research and analysis. TotalPatent™ is the most comprehensive, precise, and dynamic patent research and retrieval system available. PatentOptimizer™ is a professional patent analysis and drafting tool. Both feature transparent semantic and Boolean search technology working together to help ensure you don’t miss a thing.



Linguamatics provides high performance text mining software, enabling rapid discovery of information from text. The company's flagship product, I2E, is used by 9 of the Top-10 pharmaceutical companies, plus many other commercial, academic and government organizations. High-value applications for I2E include patent analysis, competitive intelligence analysis, product R&D, social media mining and sentiment analysis. Linguamatics' new Patent Mining Solution enables break-through insights from tens of millions of full text patent applications and grant documents, in real time.


Lighthouse IP

Lighthouse IP Group is a global information services and consulting firm that offers a distinctive blend of capabilities, bringing together Intellectual Property information expertise, Translation Services, Data Processing and Online Data Services, as well as Virtual Employees, Outsourcing and Software Development. We offer a range of IP services including Patent Translations and Legal Status information for emerging markets, IP Alerting, IP Monitoring, Freedom to Operate Services as well as our China Legal Insight service. Our customers include patent offices and information aggregators as well as information professionals in industry. With offices in China, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Belarus, Egypt, Netherlands, UK and the USA, we know emerging markets.


Magister Ltd.

Magister Ltd. is an independent consultancy which provides a range of services to the Scientific and Technical Information community. Our primary activities are in the field of Patents Documentation. Our independent status ensures that we can work equally well with either producers or users.


NGB IP Research Institute

NGB IP Research Institute (NGB IPRI) is an organization made up of technical, legal and business experts in various aspects of IP research and activities. The IPRI consists of 25 IP analysts and over 150 searchers specialized in Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Electronics and Telecommunication fields. We are able to assist you not only with conventional patent searches such as validity, novelty, infringement and subject-matter searches but also with novel services such as IP consulting services and publication of technical reports. We also function as a liaison for licensing our clients' technology.


Parthys IP Services

Parthys IP Services is a part of Parthys Reverse Informatics, a leading Information Research Company. Parthys IP services specialize in Patent Searches, Market Analytics, Generics IP and Periodic alerts. We perform customized Patent Searches, ranging from Prior Art Search to Infringement Study, Patent Portfolio Management, Claim Chart Mapping and Landscape Analysis, which are tailor-made to meet your needs with high quality and cost advantages.


Patentics is an integrated search and translation system that can fully comprehend multi-lingual patent documents. Its simple process of ingesting the full text of a patent can yield relevant results ranked by relevancy to the original patent, indicating relative importance. Patentics brings the technically-demanding, difficult, and niche skill of patent searching to a more human-understandable level.



SureChem indexes the full text of patent documents, delivers new structures within 24 hours of patents being issued, and lets users export and keep their data. The SureChem Portal enables users to search US, EP and WO patents along with MEDLINE and Japan patent abstracts quickly and cost-effectively and export both structure and patent results to their desktop. The SureChem Web service and database products enable performing in-house batch screens and analyses of proprietary compounds against the patent chemistry landscape.



The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. Our mission is to promote innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.



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