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PIUG 2011 Biotechnology Meeting

New Biologics: Proteins & Beyond

Wednesday, February 10, 2011

Amgen Inc.
360 Binney Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(One Kendall Square, Building 1000) 


The following workshops are being offered in conjunction with the PIUG 2010 Boston Biotechnology Meeting. Please note:

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Time Workshop Instructor Location Registration
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Patent Law Basics for Patent Searchers

Edlyn Simmons

360 Binney Street

$190 through Feb 3, 2010
$240 after Feb 3, 2010

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Time Workshop Instructor Location Registration
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sequence Searching on STN

Jim Brown (FIZ-K)
Gin-Yun Eggerichs (CAS)

New Horizons Computer Learning Center
40 Summer Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

On-line (req)


Workshop Details

Directions to Venues from the Hoteltop of page

Please note:

  • Each venue in the table above is linked to webbed information, including directions.
  • The directions below include local travel by "T", definitely the easiest way to traverse the city.
  • MBTA ("T") maps and schedule.
One Kendall Square, Bldg. 1000
  • From the Marriott, turn left and walk 3 blocks northwest (away from Boston).
  • Turn right onto Hampshire Street and walk 1 block northwest (away from Boston)

Returning to the hotel:

  • From AMGEN, walk one block southeast (toward Boston) on Hampshire Street.
  • At Broadway, turn left and continue walking 3 blocks to hotel
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
101 Arch Street, Boston
The Summer Exchange Building, 3rd Floor
(enter at 101 Arch St. or 34 Summer St.)
  • From the Marriott, walk right and turn right onto Main Street.
  • Go west (away from Boston) 1 block to the T (red line).
  • Take the inbound T to Downtown Crossing.
  • Exit onto Summer Street.
  • Macy’s Department Store is directly across the street.
  • Enter where you see the Vinalia Restaurant and Lounge banner.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Patent Law Basics for Patent Searcherstop of page
Tuesday, February 9
Amgen, Cambridge
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Edlyn Simmons
  • What is a patent?
  • Requirements for patentability – novelty, usefulness and nonobviousness
  • Ownership and assignment
  • Priority and the Paris Convention
  • Patent procedures - application, examination, grant and maintenance
  • Variations in patent laws - U.S. , other national and regional patent laws, and the Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Patent families

Additional information pertaining to this workshop will be posted here, as it becomes avalable. Registration is required and includes a fee of $190 through February 3, 2010, or $240 after February 3, 2010.

Instructor Bio

Edlyn S. Simmons retired in 2009 from her position as Principal Information Scientist in the Global Business Services Infolytics group at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and founded Simmons Patent Information Service, LLC. Previously she was for many years the Manager of the Patent Information Group in the Patent Department of Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc. She has been a registered U.S. patent agent since 1977, and has written and prosecuted patent applications filed in the United States and internationally.

She has lectured and published extensively in the field of chemical and patent information  and was the recipient of the International Patent Information Award in 2005.  She has been a member of the faculty of the PERI Patent Searching courses held from 1989 through 2005, and the Patent Information for Scientists course held in 1993, and has been course director since 1996.  She is a member of the American Chemical Society Divisions of Chemical Information and Chemistry and the Law, and is a member of the ACS Joint Board-Council Committee on Patents and Related Matters.  She is past president  and director-at-large of the Patent Information Users Group.  She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and did graduate work in organic chemistry at Arizona State University.

Contact information

Edlyn S. Simmons
Simmons Patent Information Service, LLC
5528 Brewer Rd.
Mason, Ohio 45040
Phone: (513) 315-2751
Fax: (513) 398-3660
Email: edlyns @

Course Registration

New registrants: on-line, as part of the general meeting registration process.

Those who have registered for the meeting but not the workshop: please download the PDF (also on our Registration page).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sequence Searching on STNtop of page
Thursday, February 11
New Horizons
14 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02119
9:00 AM
Instructors TBA

STN offers four sequence-searchable databasesundefinedCAS REGISTRY, DGENE, PCTGEN, and USGENE. While each of these databases has its own unique information and indexing, you can perform BLAST similarity and motif (Sequence Code Match) searching with all four. These STN sequence databases offer more timely information than those of other sources. Another benefit of STN is that the REGISTRY and DGENE sequences have been intellectually indexed by scientists who are expert in that area.

This workshop will show you how to make maximum use of the comprehensive sequence searching resources on STN. In addition to the basic steps of BLAST and motif searching, the workshop covers techniques for searching unique sequence modifications and uncommon sequences. Also included is the use of special characters and symbols to specify specific location(s) within a sequence with uncertain residues.

See how the new search techniques of STN Express, Version 8.4 can make your sequence searching more comprehensive and efficient. New post-processing tools will save you time while increasing the appearance and readability of your STN sequence searches. These tools include:

  • the new Patent Family Manager, which creates a concise display of results
  • a BLAST alignment sequence data report

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • identify and understand the types of sequence databases on STN
  • run a BLAST search in the REGISTRY, DGENE, PCTGEN, and USGENE
  • perform a sequence Code Match Search in REGISTRY, DGENE, PCTGEN, and USGENE
  • perform a FASTA similarity search in DGENE, PCTGEN, and USGENE
  • combine sequence searches into a multi-file search

Who should attend?

  • Patent examiners
  • Search professionals
  • Technical specialists
  • Sequence-focused searchers.

Each session will have extensive hands-on practice time.

This workshop is free, but registration is required.

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