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PIUG 2011 Northeast Conference

Overview | Program | Presentations (PIUG members only) | Sponsors | Workshops | Patent Course | Travel

Monday, October 10 to Friday, October 14, 2011

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
2 Albany Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 08901
Tel: +1 (732) 873-1234, Fax: +1 (732) 873-1382


Monday, October 10 – All Day

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

Wednesday, October 12 – Morning

  • Questel: "What's New With Orbit.Com? A Focus On Added-Value Fields And Indexing" (Joe Terlizzi and Christophe Marchisio; 9:00am - 11:00am) – more information below.
  • INTELLIXIR: "INTELLIXIR System, New Features and Business Cases!" (Jean-Baptiste Porier; 9:00am - 10:30am) – more information below.
  • Dialog: "Effective Patent Searching on Dialog" (Ron Kaminecki; 11:00am - noon) – more information below.

Wednesday, October 12 – Afternoon

  • Thomson Reuters: "Thomson Reuters Patent Services Update (a.k.a. There is such a thing as a free lunch!)" (Bob Stembridge; 12:30pm - 2:30pm) – more information below.

Thursday-Friday, October 13-14 – 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.

Organizations who still want to host workshops should complete the Word documents for the 2011 Workshop/Exhibitor Agreement. Each provides critical information and a form to be returned to Shelley Pavlek.

Contact Shelley Pavlek (shelley.pavlek @ of PIUG if there are questions concerning workshops and exhibits at the PIUG 2011 Northeast Conference.

Workshops – Detailed Descriptions and Registration Information

STN Patent Forum

Monday, October 10 – 9:00am - 4:00pm; check-in at 8:45am

Room: Garden State B/C

Registration and detailed agenda are available from (free).


What’s New?

Get up-to-date on the latest from STN. Learn about what’s new, including the new Publication number/Kind code (PNK) field, DWPI product enhancements, and the ReaxysFile available on STN.

Welcome to “The Field of Dreams” – The Revolutionary PCTFULL on STN

PCTFULL was rebuilt from the ground up using advanced OCR technology to maximize the accuracy of the text as well as the FIELDing of the data. FIZ Karlsruhe has revolutionized full-text patent searching in this database by extracting numeric properties from the full text to provide 35 separately FIELDed, range-searchable numeric properties.

The new, exciting capabilities of PCTFULL on STN will be illustrated via a case study on polymerization catalysts, which will also include other relevant databases on STN, including “The Big Three” – CAplus, DWPI and INPAFAMDB.


Searching Formulations on STN

This session highlights different tools available on STN to efficiently search for pharmaceutical formulations (galenics). The techniques described make use of

  • The CA Lexicon
  • DWPI chemical fragmentation codes
  • Patent classifications
  • in combination with structure searching, in order to retrieve novel formulations of a known compound.

The Big Three on STN – CAplus, DWPI and INPAFAMDB

STN is the only database vendor that has these three patent-family, value-added databases on one platform. Search examples will demonstrate the unique content and advantages of CAplus, DWPI and INPAFAMDB. The TRANSFER and DUPLICATE commands will be explained and used to broaden and/or narrow the search results and to combine the most relevant answer sets.

Using STN to retrieve information on Biosimilars

Biosimilars, often referred to as follow-on biologics, are substances similar to the original product used to treat diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. In this session, you will learn to use STN Index and thesauri, plus name and sequence searches.

Questel: "What's New With Orbit.Com? A Focus On Added-Value Fields And Indexing"

Wednesday, October 12 – 9:00am - 11:00am

Room: Garden State A/B

Presenters: Joe Terlizzi and Christophe Marchisio

Registration: (free)

The focus of this workshop will be on the value-added fields, indexing and features now available only on Questel’s IP Portal Orbit.Com. The first half of this workshop will cover the unique fields in Orbit.Com records for searching, display, and examination; they include the advantages, objectives and independent claims in a patent. Refining your search strategy using the multilingual search wizard, corporate tree, and legal status restrictions will be demonstrated. The indexing concepts added to Orbit.Com records will also be discussed with methods and hands-on examples used to achieve better search results. The second half of the workshop will review the new enhancements and features expected in the coming months.

INTELLIXIR: "INTELLIXIR System, New Features and Business Cases!"

Wednesday, October 12 – 9:00am - 10:30am

Room: Garden State C

Presenter: Jean-Baptiste Porier

Registration: pending (free)

Registration: (free)

INTELLIXIR System is an hosted and secure web application (SaaS: Software As A Service) allowing its users to analyze and categorize references from patents and non-patent literature exported from private or commercial databases such as Questel, Patbase, Thomson Innovation, STN, Dialog, Web of Sciences, Scopus…

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.

The new features of INTELLIXIR version 7.1 will be demonstrated.

Dialog: "Effective Patent Searching on Dialog"

Wednesday, October 12 – 11:00am - noon

Room: Garden State C

Presenter: Ron Kaminecki, US Patent Attorney

Registration: (free)

Via a case study, this workshop will cover several strategies to help uncover more in-depth information in various patent searches using different Dialog databases. Typical strategies will be covered, but also methods to enhance retrievals which will give attendees recipes to use when they are stuck without an answer. While helpful, knowledge of Dialog commands is not necessary, as the strategies can be used on other platforms. In addition, the new Dialog interface will be outlined.

Thomson Reuters: "Thomson Reuters Patent Services Update (a.k.a. There is such a thing as a free lunch!)"

Wednesday, October 12 – 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Room: Garden State A/B

Presenter: Bob Stembridge

Registration: (free including lunch)


Thomson Innovation provides decision support for the IP needs throughout an organization. The latest release sees the addition of new content and capabilities to ensure the most thorough research and help you discover key trends, keep abreast of technological and competitive developments and deliver the business critical intelligence vital to your organisation's success.

In this workshop, you will learn about enhanced news and trade journal content provided by integration of the Thomson Reuters NewsRoom service into Thomson Innovation, new patent coverage including selected Canadian Full Text and the addition of Poland, Hong Kong and the Gulf Cooperation Council to the DWPI data within Thomson Innovation, and enhancements to Custom Fields including the new ability to include this information in analysis for producing charts, clustering and citation maps.

We will also take a sneak look at further enhancements planned during the coming months.

Feed your mind with the latest news and feed your body with lunch which is included in this free workshop.

PIUG "Patent Information Fundamentals" Course

Thursday-Friday, October 13-14 – all day

Room: Brunswick

Both days: Breakfast at 7:30 am. Class starts at 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided.

Presenters: (pending)

Registration (for fee): Note that registration is completely independent of PIUG Northeast Conference attendance. In other words, 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 13-14, 2011, 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
  • 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
  • How to find the patent status of a product
  • Reporting search results
  • Technical intelligence and patent mapping
  • Chemical structure and biotechnology patent searching
  • Mechanical and electrical patent searching

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