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PIUG 2010 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

Moving Targets: Current & Future Best Practices and Opportunities for Patent Information Professionals

Overview | Program | Conference Materials (PIUG members only) | Sponsors | Travel | Workshops

Saturday, May 1 to Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
(formerly Hilton Baltimore Convention Center)
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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 1970’s. Our company is the result of the merging with Orbit, a US-based company specialized in Patent and Edital, a European Trademark leader. Known for having one of the most comprehensive collection of databases, we also provide a wide array of tools for searching, analyzing, visualizing, evaluating, sharing results, and ordering. All our services are available from our two portals: for patents and for trademarks.

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.



Diamond Sponsors

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.


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 from patent and literature databases on STN, Dialog*Orbit, Questel, MicroPatent, Delphion, PatBase, Integrity, IDdb, and GenomeQuest; and distribute HTML reports with automatically generated links to full patents.



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.



Matrixware Information Services offers superior solutions and services for professional information retrieval to the global market. These solutions and services help organizations to face the information economy and, thereby, provide them with a distinct business advantage. Matrixware builds strong, trusting relationships through cutting-edge, open science, open source and open business concepts. Matrixware's capabilities are fuelled by the findings of leading global scientists.



Amethyst Sponsors

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.



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.


Ocean Tomo

Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC, is the leading Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc® firm. The company provides financial products and services related to Intellectual Property Expert Testimony, Valuations, Research, Ratings, Investments, Risk Management & Transactions. Ocean Tomo assists clients undefined corporations, law firms, governments & institutional investors undefined in realizing Intellectual Property Capital Equity® value broadly defined.


Search Technology/VantagePoint

So much information, so little time. For 28 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.



SumoBrain is a new professional patent searching solution from the creators of Powerful searching capabilities allow searching on all the world's major patent collections, while workflow tools such as alerts, portfolios, document commenting, document sharing, and document delivery solutions are also available. SumoBrain also offers custom data solutions and analytics for those clients that need to integrate patent data into their own datacenters and in-house solutions. Look for more developments from SumoBrain in the coming months, including additional data collections, advanced semantic searching, additional workflow and analytical tools, data visualization, and more.


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.




BioXcel Corporation brings value to our biopharmaceutical and healthcare partners through strategic consulting and cost effective market research. We utilize an integrated and comprehensive approach for research and analytics services applied to intellectual property, medical science, market assessment, licensing, and competitive intelligence. Our intellectual property services are extensive, including freedom to operate (FTO) analysis, landscape analysis, prior art search, portfolio assessment, technology watch, and validation/in validation search. BioXcel has a unique and cost-effective global hybrid delivery model that capitalizes on an experienced US-based executive management team and the BioXcel Analytical and Commercial Center (BACC) based in India.



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.


East Linden

East Linden is a high-tech company specializing in value-added patent information service. We are committed to construct deep-processed, powerful search platforms and provide on stop value-added patent information service to our global clients. According to our high quality service, rich experience and a persistent Customer Oriented Integrated Marketing Strategy, we have made a significant progress in market development and achieved a good reputation among our customers worldwide.

Our Products & Services:

  • World Traditional Medicine Patent Database
  • Chinese Patent Database
  • Semantic Search Engine
  • Machine Translation & Manual Translation
  • Patent Search Service


European Patent Office

Patent information from the European Patent Office (EPO) encompasses over 60 million documents and is reputed for its regular updates and high quality data. As well as being the cornerstone of most existing patent search tools, the EPO data is accessible via a wide range of products and services from the EPO, including esp@cenet (free online search tool), the Global Patent Index ("GPI", worldwide database powered by the MIMOSA software), and the PATSTAT database for statistical analyses of patent data.



GenericsWeb is a patent analysis and searching firm. GenericsWeb hold an impeccable track record in providing quality patent information, and have allowed numerous pharmaceutical companies to successfully navigate intellectual property hazards. GenericsWeb is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in North America and Europe. All staff are highly skilled and experienced internationally 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.


IFI Patent Intelligence

For more than 50 years IFI Patent Intelligence has been at the forefront of the patent industry, providing clients with trusted tools to access U.S. patents. IFI has introduced and continues to develop a wide variety of proprietary systems that make the patent search process faster, more productive, and more cost-effective. IFI covers all types of chemistry as well as polymers and Markush structures in addition to mechanical and electrical patents. Today, the database known as CLAIMS® represents the most reliable, text-searchable, computerized collection of U.S. patents in the world. IFI also offers Custom Indexing Services, drawing on our extensive indexing and Thesaurus development experience to index and summarize a variety of documents deemed critical by any organization.



The Inspec database is the premier non-patent literature (NPL) source for: prior art, state-of-the-art and current awareness searches; sourcing documents for opposing or challenging the validity of patents; assessing who is working with whom for due diligence searches. It includes over 11 million records to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and other literature. The introduction of the Inspec Archive means you can now search over 100 years worth of prior art records from the world’s technical and scientific literature in physics, computing, control engineering, electronics, electrical engineering, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering.


Intellectual Property Publishing House

Intellectual Property Publishing House (IPPH) was founded by State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.China (SIPO). IPPH is uniquely authorized by SIPO to provide a range of information services and business solutions, which include patent search with powerful retrieval tool, document delivery with the most complete and accurate Chinese databases, software development, translating, corporate patent information solutions, and other Chinese IP products. We also undertake deep-processing work of patent data, as well as training in IP field.



QUOSA Inc. provides software for streamlining the process of preparing Information Disclosure Statement forms; archive creation and maintenance – for full-text articles, conference abstracts and patents; and for increasing the efficiency of scientific literature and patent review and management workflows.

QUOSA products and services are designed specifically to meet the literature management requirements of pharmaceutical, biotech and life-science firms, including Intellectual Property, Medical Affairs, Research & Development, Safety & Regulatory functions. Professionals at leading companies use our solutions to improve, speed and automate their work with the scientific literature and patent-related documents, including reliably finding the key data on which research, intellectual property, safety and regulatory conformance depend.


Parthys Patent Eagle

Parthys Patent Eagle performs customized patent analysis to suit your requirements. We have a passion for patent searches, claim mapping charts and patent landscape reports that are meticulously drafted. We have multidisciplinary patent experts covering all areas of specialization who are proficient in analyzing patents and scientific information. Ad hoc teams of professionals are formed as and when required to handle specific projects, each one handling the aspects within their technological area of expertise. We cover all the areas of life sciences, engineering and chemistry including commodity products, medical devices, electrical, electronics, communication and mechanical engineering. patent brokers, law firms, corporations and universities around the world benefit from our comprehensive analysis reports.


RWS Group

RWS Group provides specialist intellectual property search, translation and filing services. Its Information Division offers patent, design, trademark and non-patent literature searches; patent watches, filewrappers/inspections and status reports. PatBase - a professional patent database (developed in partnership with Minesoft Limited) is available on an annual subscription basis. RWS Translation Division is the world's leading patent translation specialist, including translations for information purposes, and a full European, Chinese and Japanese national validation service. The Group has offices in China, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A. and employs around 350 staff.



The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO was established in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States (184 as of today) to promote the protection of Intellectual Property throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations.



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