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PIUG 2012 Northeast Conference

Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26, 2012

The Heldrich Hotel
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 08901
Main Hotel Phone: +1 (732) 729-4670 | Main Hotel Fax: +1 (732) 729-4672
Reservations: +1 866-609-4700


Monday, October 22 – All Day

  • STN Patent Forum (9:00am - 4:00pm) – more information below.

Wednesday, October 24

  • INTELLIXIR: "Intellixir v7.3: New features" (8:00am - 9:00am) – more information below.
  • Minesoft: "PatBase: Quality, Coverage, and Clever New Tools" (11:00am - noon) – more information below.
  • Questel: "What's new with A Focus on Patent Analysis and Landscaping" (9:00am - 11:00am) – more information below.
  • Search Technology/Vantage Point: "Introducing VantagePoint - BizInt Smart Charts Edition" (9:00am - 10:00am) – more information below.
  • Thomson Reuters: "Advances in Scientific Literature and the Markush Question from Thomson Reuters; Non-Patent Literature and Markush Searching" (10:00am - 11:00am; Segal room) – more information below

Thursday-Friday, October 25-26 – all day

  • PIUG "Patent Information Fundamentals" Course – detailed information below.

Registration links for each workshop are provided in the "Detailed Descriptions and Registration Information" section below.

Information for Workshop Hosts

Organizations who want to host workshops should complete the Word documents for the 2012 Workshop/Exhibitor Agreement. Each provides critical information and a form to be returned to Shelley Pavlek.

Contact Shelley Pavlek (shelley.pavlek @ of PIUG with questions concerning workshops at the PIUG 2012 Northeast Conference.

Workshops – Detailed Descriptions and Registration Information

STN Patent Forum

Monday, October 22 – 9:00am - 4:00pm; check-in at 8:45am. Hosted by CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe. Lunch will be provided.

Room: Vanderbilt

Registration and detailed agenda are available from (free).

Topics include:

  • What’s New?
  • Cross-file Patent Searching on STN
  • Biomedical Files on STN
  • DWPI Tips & Tricks
  • The Chemistry in USPAT Files

Intellixir v7.3: New features

Wednesday, October 24 – 8:00am - 9:00am

Room: Vanderbilt

Registration is available on the INTELLIXIR registration page (free).

Come join us over a breakfast to discover Intellixir's core features and new improvements implemented to the new version 7.3, officially introduced on this occasion by Mr. Porier, U.S. Account Manager.

INTELLIXIR is a hosted and secure web application which analyzes patents and scientific articles exported from in-house, public and commercial sources such as Questel, Patbase, Thomson Innovation, STN, Dialog, Web of Sciences, Scopus…

The statistical analyses generated by INTELLIXIR are graphically represented in dynamic and interactive web pages enabling with direct access to documents and contents for deeper analyses.

The System is used by large organizations involved in all science and technology Industries: Cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical, material, chemical, energy, mechanic… They mainly use INTELLIXIR for patentability studies, detection of emerging trends, identification of major players, looking for collaborations, or else for the development of dashboard.

What's New with A Focus on Patent Analysis and Landscaping

Wednesday, October 24 – 9:00am - 11:00am

Room: Vanderbilt

Registration and detailed agenda are available from the Questel registration page (free).

Questel has just released its new IP Business Intelligence module for its Orbit.Com IP portal. This new patent mapping and analysis module was fully engineered by Questel and recently received the 2012 Professional Information trophy at the I-EXPO Electronic Information Fair in Paris. The workshop will focus on the new features developed for this module which include: the ability to analyze very large sets of documents in a few seconds; a large array of chart types that are fully customizable; the ability to drill down, analyze, and export multiple selections from any charts; new cluster maps that position concepts by similarity; new grouping functions for assignees, inventors, and concepts; new legal status charts and graphs; and much more. The workshop will also cover the new enhancements developed by Questel to our patent legal status information, and show you how to search for 'alive' and 'dead' patents, patent expected expiration dates, and patents being litigated.

Come join us at this workshop for an eye-opening look at the latest version of Orbit.Com.

PatBase: Quality, Coverage, and Clever New Tools

Wednesday, October 24 – 11:00am - noon

Room: Vanderbilt

Registration and detailed agenda are available from the Minesoft registration page (free).

PatBase - the global patent family database from Minesoft and RWS Group - combines high quality data with innovative functionality to provide patent information professionals with a unique portal to enhanced bibliographic and full text patent literature from every continent.

We will show you how the latest search features have been designed to help improve the quality and efficiency of your patent searches on PatBase, from cross-lingual search tools to new legal status commands. Join us for the Workshop to discover more.

Search Technology/Vantage Point: Introducing VantagePoint - BizInt Smart Charts Edition

Wednesday, October 24 – 9:00am - 10:00am

Room: Segal

Registration and detailed agenda are available from the Search Technology/Vantage Point registration page (free).

Announcing a new product from BizInt Solutions, in collaboration with Search Technology! Users of BizInt Smart Charts can add an analytic and visualization tool to their workbench.

VantagePoint - BizInt Smart Charts Edition is a customized version of VantagePoint for use by BizInt Smart Charts customers. VP-SCE imports files exported by BizInt Smart Charts for Drug Pipelines, BizInt Smart Charts for Patents or BizInt Smart Charts Reference Rows, using a custom version of the new XML Smart Data Exchange format. BizInt Smart Charts users can apply data cleaning and user-managed thesaurus tools in VantagePoint and then export cleaned and normalized fields back to BizInt Smart Charts as new columns. BizInt Smart Charts users can also use VantagePoint tools to create powerful and interactive visualizations.

In this workshop you will learn how to easily move data from Smart Charts to VP-SCE; use some of the cleanup tools in VP-SCE, move cleaned data back to Smart Charts, and create interactive visualizations in VP-SCE.

Thomson Reuters: Advances in Scientific Literature and the Markush Question from Thomson Reuters; Non-Patent Literature and Markush Searching

Wednesday, October 24 – 10:00am - 11:00am

Room: Segal

No registration link is available.

I. Technology Intelligence from Non-Patent Literature (NPL)

Non-patent literature (NPL) plays an important role in patent-related research. Databases that collect key multidisciplinary scientific literature, combined with those that offer access to key trade journals, international newspapers and other news sources can help uncover relevant prior art. Analysis of data from these sources can also aid in the painting of an informative picture of the past, present and possible future of key technology segments.

This presentation reviews the enhancements to NPL information in the most recent release of Thomson Innovation and examines several methods for turning NPL data into actionable intelligence. At one end of the spectrum are tools that are readily available, such as Microsoft Excel and simple analysis tools that are built into commercial search engines. At the other end are sophisticated text and data mining tools that can uncover hidden intelligence. While it is often possible to uncover actionable intelligence with the simpler tools, the more sophisticated tools may illuminate items that are otherwise overlooked.

II. Case Studies In Markush Searching

This talk will summarize some new tools available for Markush searching, and show how the results of Markush searching can be used to identify the best leads in a patent.

PIUG "Patent Information Fundamentals" Course

Thursday-Friday, October 25-26 – all day in the Vanderbilt room.

Breakfast starts at 7:30 am and class starts at 8:00 am on both days. All registrations include breakfast, lunch and both AM and PM breaks.

Registrant Type Early Bird
Through Sept 10
Sept 11 - Oct 15
After Oct 15
Member $1395 $1595 $1695
Non-member $1495 $1695 $1795

Use Online registration to use your credit card. To pay by check via postal mail, use the hardcopy registration form.

Note that registration is completely independent of PIUG Northeast Conference attendance. Everyone is invited to attend the "Patent Information Fundamentals" course whether or not they are PIUG members or registrants for the PIUG Northeast Conference.

Patent Information Fundamentals was formerly offered by PERI, the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute. The course has been transferred to PIUG and will be held in New Brunswick, NJ, October 25-26 2012, immediately after the PIUG Northeast Conference. This course is an expanded version of the well known PERI Patent Information Course, which has been offered since 1989. It provides an overview of the patenting process, sources of patent information and the various means of answering patent information requests pertaining to chemical, electrical and mechanical technologies. The basics of U.S. and foreign patent laws, patent search techniques and resources, and the importance of exclusivity and patent term extension will be discussed.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for information and library staff, especially those new to patent searching, who need a comprehensive overview of the patenting process and sources of patent information. Individuals working in R & D who need a better understanding of patents and the patenting are also encouraged to attend.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how an invention is patented worldwide
  • Compare and contrast patent laws in different countries
  • Differentiate between what is disclosed and what is claimed in a patent
  • Identify some of the various sources of patent information available
  • Understand patent classification code systems
  • Analyze the requirements for patent searches and utilize the principles for constructing a comprehensive search strategy for performing different types of patent searches

Key Topics

  • What is a Patent?
  • United States and foreign patent law
  • Patent term variations and how to find them
  • Why search patents?
  • How to read patents
  • Patent information resources
  • Patent searching techniques, including patent classification and the upcoming Cooperative Patent Classification
  • How to find the patent status of a product
  • Reporting search results
  • Technical intelligence and patent mapping
  • Patent information from Asian countries
  • Chemical structure and biotechnology patent searching
  • Mechanical and electrical patent searching


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