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PIUG 2019 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

Preparing for the Future and the Unknown:
New Technologies and Skills for the Patent Searcher

Saturday, May  4 - Thursday, May 9, 2019
Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
+1-703-253-8600

Twitter: #PIUG19

Preliminary Program

The PIUG is pleased to announce the preliminary list of presenters at the Plenary Sessions for the PIUG 2019 Annual Conference. When planning your trip to the conference, please keep the following events in mind so that you do not miss out on a valuable opportunity.

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Schedule at a Glance

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Preliminary List of Presenters

Please note that the speakers listed below will be updated and session details published as the Program Committee and likely participants work out the remaining commitments. Accordingly, please monitor this web page for updated information.

Keynote Address
Laura A. Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Hague System for International Registration of Industrial Designs
Damon Neagle, Design IP and The Hershey Company

Best Practices in Searching Designs
Dominic DeMarco, DeMarco IP

Patent Information Searching: Productivity and Progress
Thomas E. Wolff, Wolff Information Consulting LLC

Figure Search on Utility Patent Applications Drawings
Qiang Lu and Kate Luo, USPTO

Panel Discussion: PIUG Collaboration with EPO and WIPO on Facilitating Access to Worldwide Patent Information
Moderator: Cynthia Gallagher, Pfizer
Panelists: Andrew Czajkowski, World Intellectual Property Organization; Jutta Haußer, European Patent Office; Wongel Tefera, PIUG, Zoetis

Strategies to Guide Non IP Professionals on Identification of Patent Search Requirements in the Commercialization Process for Optimal Results
Sharon Benjamin and Charlie Silver, W.L. Gore

New WIPO Platforms and Resources
Andrew Czajkowski, World Intellectual Property Organization

Asia and Beyond: Deciphering Patent Information from Around the World – and How the EPO Can Support You
Jutta Haußer, European Patent Office

Nothing New Under the Sun; Dealing with Very Old Prior Art, Non-patent Literature and Obviousness
Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd.

Quirky patent coloring books and what they can teach you about historical patent searching
Paulina Borrego, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Who's responsible for inaccurate search results? Is it the source, the searcher or the stakeholder?
Susanne Hantos, Davies Collison Cave

Using AI and Machine Learning for Patent Landscape
Joseph Polimeni, IBM

Anatomy of Patent Landscapes
Kartar Arora, CPA Global

Assembling white spaces in patent landscapes using anti-cliques in co-classification graphs
Jesse Frumkin, USPTO

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property
Ron Kaminecki


Conference Abstracts and Biographies

Monday, May 6, 2019

Keynote Address

Laura A. Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Abstract

Pending.

Biography

Laura A. Peter is the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she is responsible for all agency operations and managing approximately 13,000 employees.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Peter was the Deputy General Counsel of A10 Networks, where she oversaw daily legal matters related to commercial agreements, litigation, and intellectual property (IP) portfolio development. In 2014, she helped shepherd the company through its initial public offering.

Ms. Peter has practiced IP law for over 20 years. Previously, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Immersion Corporation, where she led all aspects of the company's legal issues, including its IP portfolio. She was also Assistant General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property at Foundry Networks, where she built a successful patent portfolio and litigation program. She began her career as a commercial and IP litigator at Townsend, Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP).

Ms. Peter received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Cornell University and a master's in public policy from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Master of Law degree in international business law from King's College London.

Hague System for International Registration of Industrial Designs

Damon Neagle, Design IP and The Hershey Company

Abstract

The Hague System is becoming an increasingly efficient tool to obtain design protection in multiple countries. Recent implementation by the United States, Japan, and Canada and expected implementation in the near future by Mexico and China will only continue to increase its use. We will cover the basic framework of the Hague System, the application and examination process for an International Registration, and resources options for searching and determining status of International Registrations.

Biography

Damon Neagle is the managing attorney of Design IP, an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based law firm. Damon also serves as patent counsel to The Hershey Company, where he manages its global patent portfolio. Damon a broad IP practice with an emphasis on IP portfolio management and patent prosecution.

Best Practices in Searching Designs

Dominic DeMarco, DeMarco IP

Abstract

The World is an evolving place and Designs are evolving with it. New tools become available, old tools disappear, laws change, and the importance of Designs increases.

Every patent information professional should know how to effectively search Designs to support their internal customers or external clients when called upon to do so. No advanced degree or special certification is needed, but you do require knowledge of the how and where to perform the search.

Biography

Dominic DeMarco is the Managing Director of DeMarco IP, a patent search boutique firm located minutes from the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA. He is a registered patent agent with over twenty years of experience providing high quality patent searches to customers all over the world.

Dominic is also the lead engineering instructor for the PIUG "Fundamentals of Patent Searching" and "FTO Searching" courses and has represented PIUG while teaching patent information basics on behalf of WIPO. In addition, he was brought into the USPTO as a volunteer to instruct over two thousand patent examiners on "Gap Analysis" of their internal systems and strategies to help improve their patent search methodologies.

Patent Information Searching: Productivity and Progress

Thomas E. Wolff, Wolff Information Consulting LLC

Abstract

Patent search systems have evolved to deal with the rapidly increasing numbers of patent applications worldwide, particularly in China, and the multitude of languages inventors use. The growing numbers of patent documents and diversity of languages challenge producers in their efforts to maintain value-added databases, i.e. those with indexing and coding applied by technical experts. New search systems [e.g. Derwent Innovation, Orbit and PatBase] have come to the fore to facilitate patent searching. In this paper, I will explore the net effect of these developments on the time needed for patent searchers to carry out effective patentability, invalidity or FTO searches. I will draw on my experiences to address the factors that affect the productivity of individual patent searchers and look forward to improvements in searching resources, including artificial intelligence.

Biography

Thomas E. Wolff, Ph.D. formed Wolff Information Consulting LLC in 2006 to provide technical and patent information services on a contract basis, following a career at the company variously known as Amoco Chemical Co., BP, Innovene, and Ineos. Tom has two U.S. patents and is a registered patent agent.

Figure Search on Utility Patent Applications Drawings

Qiang Lu and Kate Luo, USPTO

Abstract

The drawings in a utility patent application are the lynchpin to the content of the application as a whole; they provide a quick and visual way to establish certain understanding of inventive points in an application. Patent rules also require the drawings show what is being claimed as the invention. Hence, the importance of the drawings cannot be understated in utility patents.

Traditional image based approaches have difficulty to succeed in utility patent application drawings search domain for two main reasons, (1) difficult to handle text search query, (2) image based features generated on drawings in similar structures does not translate to similarity in their actually content (e.g. two same structured flowcharts with different text content).

A novel hybrid figure search system, combining features extracted from both the text version of figure descriptions and drawings themselves, has been developed by the Big Data team in CTO in USPTO. It can retrieve highly relevant drawings from millions of utility patent applications using either a text search query, and/or a figure drawing from another patent application. The system is easy to train and highly scalable, and provides another valuable avenue towards a comprehensive patent information search system.

Biographies

Qiang Lu is a data scientist working for OCIO at USPTO. He is an expert in big data analytics, data mining, natural language processing, information extraction, statistical modeling, and machining learning in general. Prior joining the USPTO, he was a senior research scientist in the research and development department at Thomson Reuters. He has authored multiple scientific papers in leading international conferences, and holds several patents in the fields of text search and document recommendation. He has B.S. and M.S. degree in Electric Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo.

Kate Luo received the B.S. degree in automatic control from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the State University of New York, at Buffalo, respectively. She was a principle scientist in the Health Imaging Research Laboratory at Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY. She then joined USPTO as a primary patent examiner and also worked on research projects for patent classification and search. She has authored over 15 scientific papers in both journals and international conferences, and over 15 patents in field of medical image processing, pattern recognition, and medical informatics.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Panel Discussion: PIUG Collaboration with EPO and WIPO on Facilitating Access to Worldwide Patent Information

Moderator: Cynthia Gallagher, Pfizer

Panelists: Andrew Czajkowski, World Intellectual Property Organization; Jutta Haußer, European Patent Office; Wongel Tefera, PIUG, Zoetis

Abstract

An overview of the Patent Register Data Project conducted by the PIUG Partnerships and Patent Offices (PPO) Committee in collaboration with the major patent offices (EPO, WIPO) will be presented.

The panel will include delegates from partner organizations who will discuss their available resources and new platforms on finding patent register data. It is also expected that delegates will share their long-term goals and upcoming tools/programs to provide accurate and timely patent register data. Conference attendees are encouraged to provide feedback and ask questions during the panel discussion.

Biographies

Andrew Czajkowski graduated in nuclear engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1987. He subsequently joined the European Patent Office (EPO) where he held various posts: as a prior art search examiner in The Hague for 6 years; a substantive examiner in Munich for 5 years; the EPO's Liaison Officer responsible for patent information cooperation activities at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office in Rome for 4 years; returning to Munich to work in technical cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries; managing the European Union's IPR Project for the Western Balkans; and coordinating the EPO's Trilateral Cooperation activities.

Since October 2007 he works for the World Intellectual Property Organization in the Global Infrastructure Sector. He is currently the Head of the Innovation and Technology Support Section responsible for promoting and facilitating access to technology databases, in particular patent and scientific & technical journal databases, as well as building local capacity through training and the establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).

Cynthia Gallagher has been part of Patent Searching & Information (formerly known as GLIST) in the Intellectual Property department at Pfizer since 2005. When she started at Pfizer, she provided search support for chemistry related patent search requests and now provides search support for biotechnology related patent search requests. She started her career as an information Scientist as a chemistry searcher at Merck in 2004.

She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Vermont, an MA in Biology from Lehman College, CUNY and a BA in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross.

Jutta Haußer studied Japanese and Chinese at the University of Munich (Germany) and holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies. She joined the European Patent Office in early 2007. As a member of the EPO's Asian patent information services, she is responsible for Japanese patent information. She is giving regularly training and presentations at different PI related events and conferences, and also represents the EPO and its patent information related services.

Wongel Tefera is a senior Biotechnology Patent Information Scientist in the IP Department at Zoetis Inc. Wongel joined Zoetis when it was formed via a spin-off from Pfizer in 2013. Prior to Zoetis, Wongel worked at Pfizer and its legacy companies as a patent searcher as well as in research labs for over 15 years. In her current role Wongel, performs patent searches, assists in patent term extension filings, and competitor analysis. Wongel is a registered US patent agent. As a member of PIUG for more than 15 years, Wongel volunteers in Member Relation Committee and Patent Register collaborations subcommittee.

Strategies to Guide Non IP Professionals on Identification of Patent Search Requirements in the Commercialization Process for Optimal Results

Sharon Benjamin and Charlie Silver, W.L. Gore

Abstract

Are your inventors or members of the product development team conducting patent searches and not finding the information they really need? Is their targeted search missing key references? Would they benefit from a better understanding of the different types of searches required in the commercialization process and steps that need to be taken to find relevant art? If you've answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, here is your opportunity to learn how to educate your non IP professionals with quick reference guides that not only differentiates the types of searches, but provides instruction how to effectively execute them and recognize when expert IP searching or attorney involvement is required. Participants will learn how to provide basic tools and techniques to inform non IP professionals how to match their search requirements to the stages in the commercialization process and identify which information provides the most valuable insights when exported into a report format. The presentation will highlight free and fee based resources, various strategies used to identify the appropriate fields or combinations of fields to search, refining classifications and ways to broaden the search including non-patent literature to yield optimal results.

Biographies

Sharon Benjamin is a Registered Patent Agent with the USPTO. She has supported a variety of intellectual property initiatives at 3M, Medtronic, and W. L. Gore & Associates. Charlie has a background in library science. He has been with W. L. Gore & Associates for 25+ years in a variety of functions. These functions have formed and shaped his skills in the area of information management and intellectual property.

New WIPO Platforms and Resources

Andrew Czajkowski, World Intellectual Property Organization

Abstract

A completely redeveloped Patent Register Portal aims to guide users more effectively to find information on online patent registers and gazettes and to legal-status-related information from over 200 jurisdictions and patent information collections, in particular to identify what information can be retrieved online and how to access it. The new Portal incorporates the possibility of searching information using maps and tables which can be filtered for specific search requirements, as well as offering country files with related national data information.

Early next year WIPO will launch a new platform based on the Intellogist website to improve availability and accessibility of information regarding available patent database services. The new WIPO Intellogist platform will continue to include reports and comparisons of patent databases, information on patent search and analysis, as well as introduce new features and functionalities.

At the end of January 2019, WIPO will also publish a new series of publications called WIPO Technology Trends with the first publication focusing on Artificial Intelligence-related technologies. The basis of the publication is patent analysis of the specific subject-matter of the publication complemented by expert contributions commenting on trends and issues emerging from the analysis.

Biography

Andrew Czajkowski graduated in nuclear engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1987. He subsequently joined the European Patent Office (EPO) where he held various posts: as a prior art search examiner in The Hague for 6 years; a substantive examiner in Munich for 5 years; the EPO's Liaison Officer responsible for patent information cooperation activities at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office in Rome for 4 years; returning to Munich to work in technical cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries; managing the European Union's IPR Project for the Western Balkans; and coordinating the EPO's Trilateral Cooperation activities.

Since October 2007 he works for the World Intellectual Property Organization in the Global Infrastructure Sector. He is currently the Head of the Innovation and Technology Support Section responsible for promoting and facilitating access to technology databases, in particular patent and scientific & technical journal databases, as well as building local capacity through training and the establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).

Asia and Beyond: Deciphering Patent Information from Around the World – and How the EPO Can Support You

Jutta Haußer, European Patent Office

Abstract

In the mid-1980s, when Japan became a major player in patent information, the EPO started to support patent information users with the decoding of patent information from that country, from downloading a document, doing subject matter searcher or understanding the current legal situation of a certain document.

In the 20 years since then patent information from more and more countries/ authorities has become a sine qua non, so that this "one-man-show" has developed into a dedicated team knowing different languages like Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc. , who are there to support you as much as possible in your questions on the different patent systems and how to access, understand and analyse patent information including legal status information from those countries.

In my talk I will show you the different options the EPO's team is providing you with:

  • a dedicated webpage with general information on different patent systems
  • search guides, which explain step by step how to access legal status information
  • an update section with RSS feed
  • free of charge virtual classrooms
  • a yearly conference with experts from different national offices

Biography

Jutta Haußer studied Japanese and Chinese at the University of Munich (Germany) and holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies. She joined the European Patent Office in early 2007. As a member of the EPO's Asian patent information services, she is responsible for Japanese patent information. She is giving regularly training and presentations at different PI related events and conferences, and also represents the EPO and its patent information related services.

Nothing New Under the Sun; Dealing with Very Old Prior Art, Non-patent Literature and Obviousness

Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd.

Abstract

The "universal novelty" standard rules the working environment for the modern information professional conducting a patentability or validity search. Typical legal definitions of the state of the art (everything… made available to the public… written or oral… before the date of filing) were framed in a pre-digital world, and today encompass – in theory – a much wider range of sources of information than could have been imagined. A searcher who seeks to fulfil this demanding requirement is faced with practical difficulties of access, coupled with time constraints, which often inhibit expansion of their retrieval beyond a subset of recent publications produced in electronic form at source. One consequence is that a large percentage of official search reports consist solely of patent documents published within the last decade. Search skills in the older literature, or the use of other forms such as secondary and tertiary literature, seem to be forgotten. However, such sources may be a rich mine of information on the development of a specific field of technology, and provide important clues about the state of the "common general knowledge," on which to build an argument for (lack of) inventive step.

Biography

Stephen Adams is the managing director of Magister Ltd., a UK-based consultancy specialising in patents information founded in 1997. Mr. Adams holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Information Science from City University, London, and is a Member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). He is the author of two editions of "Information Sources in Patents", published by Walter de Gruyter KG, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Elsevier journal "World Patent Information". He received the IPI Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to patent information. He has served on the Board of PIUG Inc., the International Society for Patent Information as Director-at-Large (2002-2006) and Vice-Chair (2014-2018).

Quirky patent coloring books and what they can teach you about historical patent searching

Paulina Borrego, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Abstract

Patent searching is never easy, and sometimes raised to an extreme level of complexity when it involves delving into older patents. The history of patent documents parallels the history of publishing practices, from print materials, to micro formats, to information stored on cd's, and now to searchable databases that allow for making connections and visual representations of patent data. All this sounds wonderful until you actually begin working with older patents and realize that legacy search systems have not been updated and ways of tracking down older patents are limited. It is here that super sleuth skills are needed. With over ten million U.S. patents, it is a "needle in a haystack" story.

Come hear about my foray into making quirky patent coloring books for outreach (https://works.bepress.com/paulina_borrego/) and what I learned about historical patent searching. Historical patent resources will be reviewed with some tips on searching and ideas for keeping things organized as you follow the trail of patents.

Older patents have a lot to teach, but first they need to be found!

Biography

Paulina Borrego is a Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Soon after becoming a librarian in 2007 she took on the role of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Librarian in 2009. She is trained by the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) to educate patrons about patents and trademarks, the application process, and how to conduct an effective and thorough search. She works in the UMass Amherst Science & Engineering Library which is open to the public and her services are free of charge. One of her passions is making quirky patent coloring books which can be downloaded: https://works.bepress.com/paulina_borrego/.

Who's responsible for inaccurate search results? Is it the source, the searcher or the stakeholder?

Susanne Hantos, Davies Collison Cave

Abstract

Liability in the provision of information can be an unclear and sometimes uncomfortable question that quietly resides in the back of the mind until trouble strikes. Information providers can lull themselves into believing that the finger can be pointed elsewhere when things go wrong. But can they? How effective are disclaimers? This presentation will review litigation, commentary and anecdotes about where liability sits when a search goes off the tracks.

Biography

Susanne Hantos

is a Senior Associate and the Manager of the Patent Intelligence Services division of Davies Collison Cave, an Asia-Pacific intellectual property law firm. Susanne is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney and a Canadian patent agent who specializes in searching and analysing patent and other technical information in order to provide intellectual property advice. Susanne has been an active volunteer of the PIUG since 2008 including as the Chair of the Certification Working Group (2008-2011) and as the Co-Chair of the 2014 Annual Conference Program Committee. Susanne also served on the PIUG Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014 as the PIUG Chair. In 2014, she was appointed as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of World Patent Information and since 2016 she has been a member of the editorial advisory board for the journal. Susanne also volunteered as a co-ordinator of the international certification initiative for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (QPIP). In 2018, she became the Vice Chair of the Supervisory Council of the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (ISBQPIP).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Using AI and Machine Learning for Patent Landscape

Joseph Polimeni, IBM

Abstract

Confining patent landscape work to search terms or classification codes is often not an optimal way to characterize a patent portfolio. Using AI and machine learning, a method has been developed for supervised training for patent classification. Using this improved classification, patents from different portfolios may be compared on an equal basis. Examples will be shown using software patents for products in the electronic gaming space and other spaces. IBM's Watson technology will be used as an example for generating these portfolios.

Biography

Joseph Polimeni is a program manager in IBM's patent strategy group where he applies data science to patent data to evaluate patent value and formulate strategies. Over the past eleven years, he has applied his engineering, management, and legal training at IBM's Intellectual Property organization where he specialized in patent licensing, patent value assessment and patent analytics. More recently, he has been applying artificial intelligence and analytics for determining patent value. He has held various engineering and management positions over his 35 year career at IBM where he led software teams for the development of semiconductor, software operating systems, software applications, and software patents.

He earned his J.D. (Summa cum laude) in 2011 from Nova Southeastern University, an M.S. in Computer Engineering in 1995 from Florida Atlantic University, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1983, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Summa cum laude) in 1982 from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Florida Bar and he is a registered patent attorney.

Anatomy of Patent Landscapes

Kartar Arora, CPA Global

Abstract

Patent landscapes are one example of the analysis and presentation of a large amount of patent data which is often undertaken to meet specific needs such as competitive analysis, state-of-the-art, "white space", etc. In this presentation we discuss key steps for creating patent landscapes to meet specific needs including client engagement, selection of appropriate data and guidelines for some key points to consider in the presentation of patent data. This will be done using specific examples and commercial tools available for analysis and presentation of patent data. This presentation session will include analysis of patents in the area of treatments for opioid addiction.

Biography

Kartar Arora started his professional career as a research scientist and continued that path for several years working on R&D work for a number of major chemical companies in the US. However, he was very intrigued with patents and got involved in management of Intellectual Property in order to satisfy his curiosities. He got involved in prosecution of patents on his research work and later became responsible for the management of IP at Johnson Polymer and then at BASF. During this time, he also passed the Patent Bar and registered as a Patent Agent with the USPTO. Kartar joined PIUG in 2000 as patent information and searching took more importance in his professional career. He joined Landon IP (now part of CPA Global) in 2012 where he is now responsible for management and execution of patent searches in the areas of Chemistry and Materials. Kartar has been an active volunteer for PIUG, starting as web page editor and continuing as Annual Conference Exhibits Committee chair and Annual Conference Program Committee Co-Chair.

Assembling white spaces in patent landscapes using anti-cliques in co-classification graphs

Jesse Frumkin, USPTO

Abstract

White spaces in patent landscapes help future inventors to identify classifications of inventions that remain undeveloped. For many inventors, combinations of classifications are an equally important white space resource. Therefore, we assembled a large anti-clique of patent classifications that have never been combined into a smaller subset of classifications for a single patent. Hence, inventors can combine any classification within the anti-clique with any other member-or all other members-to contemplate an invention that is a potentially novel combination. We present the anti-cliques for the entire patent corpus to the public as resource for inventors. We further present examples of focused landscape studies, including analysis of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Dataset, with an emphasis on inventions for matching patients to clinical trials.

Biography

Dr. Jesse Frumkin, PhD, MLA, MS is a multidisciplinary data scientist who has served the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Enterprise Advanced Analytics Branch, Chief Economist Office, and Database Art Unit. At USPTO, Dr. Frumkin uses natural language processing for econometric analysis of patent claims and publishes patent landscape studies including the USPTO Cancer Moonshot dataset. Before joining the USPTO, he was a computational biologist at Keck Graduate Institute publishing on chromosome instability, biological modeling of the cell cycle, and the evolution of biochemical reactions. In addition to a PhD in Computational and Systems Biology from KGI, he has a Masters in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Mathematics from Claremont Graduate University, and a Biology degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His recent interests include applying social network analysis to co-inventor networks and co-classification networks.

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Ron Kaminecki

Abstract

Various technologies to increase search success have been proposed and demonstrated throughout the years, and currently investigators are deep into artificial intelligence for the future of in-depth searching. Indeed, advances in pattern recognition have also made inroads into the searching of designs, making their debut into non-text based systems. This presentation will look at how best to use what is available now and how it may affect search results and also, patent searchers.

Biography

Ron Kaminecki has been involved with information databases at IIT Research Institute and has continued his work at different information companies including Dialog, Knight Ridder Information, Thomson Reuters, ProQuest and Questel. He currently teaches patent searching at the University of New Hampshire Law School and DePaul Law School, both online and in-person. He is a patent attorney with a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Computer Science and a JD with a Certificate in Patent Law, and is also an inventor, a co-author of a NISO standard on command-based search systems, and has worked as an expert witness.

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