Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference

Tuesday, February 19, through Thursday, February 21, 2019

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141

Twitter: #PIUG19BIO

Tentative Program

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

7:30 am Vendor Set-up and Breakfast
  Registration, Exhibits open
8:30 am Welcoming Remarks and Meeting Logistics


Keynote Address: Post-Issuance Options for Challenging U.S. Patents
Lisa L. Mueller Casimir Jones, S.C.

  Surrogate Measures: Using Big Data Analysis to Value Patent
John Orcutt University of New Hampshire Law School

IP Considerations for Big Pharma versus Start-Up
Eugene Kim

  Closing Remarks
5:30 pm Networking Dinner (registration required)

Meeting Abstracts

Keynote Address - Post-Issuance Options for Challenging U.S. PatentsTop of Page
Lisa L. Mueller Casimir Jones, S.C.


This session will review the various post-issuance options available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for challenging the validity of a patent, such as inter partes and post grant reviews as well as ex parte reexamination.  Specifically, this session will discuss the requirements for each of these post-issuance options, the similarities and differences between each, the requisite filing requirements, the timelines for submission and response, how each of these post-issuance options has affected biotechnology and pharmaceutical related patents and the important role that searchers play in helping attorneys prepare the documents needed in support of a post-issuance options or in defense thereof.


For over twenty-five years, Lisa has provided strategic counsel on complex patent issues to clients in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry sectors. She brings an in-depth knowledge and extensive experience to her work advising clients on the global patent protection, freedom to operate and validity of blockbuster drugs they aim to produce and distribute.

Since 2001, Lisa has worked closely with in-house legal departments of global pharmaceutical firms regarding their patent development and enforcement strategies. In this partnership, she provides training to new in-house counsel and meets with scientists and other business development to anticipate and resolve a wide array of problems including navigation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

A thought leader on pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical patent law, Lisa speaks frequently to legal and industry groups, and publishes widely. She was the author of an award-winning blog, BRIC Wall, which provides unique insights on patent law developments in the life sciences industry in Brazil, Russia, India and China.  Lisa is currently the author of the blog, BRICS & Beyond ( which provides unique insights on patent law developments in the life sciences industry not only in Brazil, Russia, India and China but in other countries outside of the United States.

Implementation of AI for Biotech Searching  Top of Page
Tom Brock ConvergentAI


Tom brings over 30 years of experience in the industrial and healthcare technology space.  Tom has BS degree in Electrical Engineering form Georgia Tech.  He is a graduate of GE’s management development course and is a Six Sigma master black belt.  Prior to joining ConvergentAI, Tom held leadership positions in technology companies including COO at a $30M healthcare software and services company, VP of strategy & business development for the $500M healthcare data connectivity and analytics division of McKesson, GM of commercial software for $30M solution at GE Healthcare, and CIO of a $300M sensing solutions business at GE Industrial Systems. 

USPTO Guidance on Claim Construction for a Wearable DeviceTop of Page
Jackie Cheng USPTO


The medical device industry has grown quickly over the years, the devices becoming more sophisticated and encompassing technologies from different areas. In this presentation a brief discussion of how this growth has impacted examiners at the USPTO and how they search.


Jackie Cheng is currently a Supervisory Patent Examiner in the biomedical area at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her Art Unit examines applications in a variety of medical diagnostics including cardiovascular monitoring, respiratory monitoring, and analyte sensing. She started her career at the USPTO as a Patent Examiner examining applications in the field of medical imaging. She obtained her dual degree BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

The Evolving Patent Landscape of Therapeutic Manipulation of the Human MicrobiomeTop of Page
Larry Mulcahy Clarivate Analytics


The earliest stage companies focused on human microbiome therapies have progressed into late stage clinical trials.  I will review early approaches used to identify human microbiome focused companies and recommended updates for searching the space.  I will build off of my 2016 presentation at the 2016 PIUG Biotech meeting with updates on language, classes, companies to watch. Additionally, I will present a some representative examples of different patented technologies in the space that have progressed into the clinic.


Larry Mulcahy is a Solution Consultant at Clarivate Analytics where his primary responsibility is to train and consult with users on Derwent based databases and solutions, specializing in research and analytics of patent and non-patent literature.  With his background in education, Larry has conducted patent search and patent landscaping courses as part of two master’s programs.  Larry has experience in several life sciences fields as a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, and applications scientist.  Larry received his Ph.D. from Brown University in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry.  He lives with his family in the suburbs of Boston, MA.

Surrogate Measures: Using Big Data Analysis to Value PatentTop of Page
John Orcutt University of New Hampshire Law School


The rise of big data has fueled interest in using publicly-available patent data sets to value patents. I would explain how big data analysis uses data sets and surrogate measures to make predictive value determinations, and how that approach could be used to value patents. I would also explain why big data analysis has been slow to develop as a meaningful patent valuation tool, and what the future holds for this technique.

Bringing Patent Information to the Engineering CommunityTop of Page
Christine M. Reilley ASME


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently launched an initiative to support engineers in the bioengineering and medical devices industries. As part of this initiative, known as the Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (, we identified the top challenges expressed by our stakeholders, which include:

  • Understanding more about IP and patent
  • Overcoming difficulties commercializing products
  • Navigating the regulatory landscape
  • Connecting with experts beyond the engineering community

We are looking to connect the ASME/AABME community with PIUG, as we believe such a connection can enable exchange of information and instruction that can ultimately solve these challenges.

ASME, a not-for-profit professional society and standards developing organization, was founded in 1880 to advance a mission of improving the quality human life. The mission continues to this day, serving 130,000 members worldwide.


Christine Reilley is business development director of Healthcare for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), based in New York City. As director, she leads the ASME Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (AABME), which focuses on creating and growing the Society’s portfolio of programs, products, and services in this area.

Christine had previously served as program manager in the ASME Emerging Technologies unit, developing content and conferences in areas focusing on bioengineering, nanotechnology, thermofluids, and materials. Previously, she spent more than 10 years in ASME Codes and Standards Publishing as an editor, overseeing the production of codes.

She earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She received a BA in Journalism and Mass Media with a minor in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University, Douglass College.

Using CPC in Biotechnology AreasTop of Page


Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is the current classification system used by USPTO, and it is jointly maintained by USPTO and EPO (European Patent Office). In this presentation, a brief overview of the CPC areas that cover biotechnology and chemical subject matters and how to classify using CPC will be provided. Examples of searching using CPC including C-set searching will be discussed.


Sue Liu is currently a Supervisory Patent Examiner in the biotechnology area at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her Art Unit examines applications in pharmaceutical formulations, biocides, cosmetics, and related areas. She joined USPTO as a patent examiner in the Combinatorial Chemistry Art Unit. Before joining the USPTO, Sue was a postdoctoral fellow at FDA. Sue studied transcriptional regulation in vaccinia virus for her Ph.D. thesis and graduated from the Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University. She obtained her BS degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from Arizona State University (ASU) and graduated from ASU’s Honors College.

WIPO Standard ST.26 in a NutshellTop of Page
Sue Wolski USPTO


Current WIPO Standard ST.25 for the presentation of sequence listings in patent applications became effective in 1998 and has not been substantively revised since then.  The Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS) established a Sequence Listing Task Force in 2010 to revise the standard and create new WIPO Standard ST.26.  This presentation will provide a brief overview, including the benefits of the new standard, the major differences between ST.25 and ST.26, transition provisions, and the various components of the standard.


Susan Wolski has been a PCT Special Programs Examiner in International Patent Legal Administration (formerly Office of PCT Legal Administration) at the USPTO since 1998.  She teaches classes to patent examiners on international and national stage applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, gives seminars on the Treaty and the filing of biological sequences to various groups outside the USPTO, and participates in a number of special projects, including modification of the standard for the filing of biological sequences in patent applications.  Sue began her tenure at the USPTO in 1990 as a patent examiner in biotechnology (immunoassays), completed her law degree at George Washington University during that time, and is now member of the Virginia Bar.  She has earned two Department of Commerce Gold Medal Awards and four Bronze Medal Awards for her work, as well as an Exceptional Career Award.  Prior to joining the USPTO, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master’s Degree in Immunology from the University of Maryland (College Park).  She has also worked in biological research at the University of Maryland, the American Type Culture Collection, and the Uniformed Services University, and in the sales of scientific instrumentation for Beckman Instruments. 


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