Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

PIUG-PIAC Asia 2017 Session

Enhancing Patent Searching Skills to Impact the Business and Decision-Making

September 6, 2017, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
China National Convention Center
Floor 3, Tower C, Room 310
No.7, Tianchendong Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China, 100105

Preliminary Program

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Please note that the speakers listed below may change if circumstances arise. Accordingly, please monitor this web page for updated information.

Technical Session - Wednesday, September 6, 2017



12:30pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm -

Welcome & Introductions
Cynthia Barcelon-Yang,, Co-Chair, PIUG Partnerships and Patent Offices Committee

Utilizing Chemical Patent Searching Techniques to Enhance Business Decision Making
John Zabilski, Chair, PIUG Education & Training Committee

Christophe Mazenc, World Intellectual Property Organization

Bio-Code Communication: Best Practice on Sequence Search Platforms and Reporting
Yugong Cheng, Patent Research Consultant
Eli Lilly and Company

EPO Patent Information Resources for Medical Technologies
Nigel S. Clarke, Manager, Patent Information Research
European Patent Office (EPO)

Synthetic Biology Patent Search and Analysis
Daming Chen, Associate Researcher
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Title Pending
Jimmy Lim Kean Fook, IP Head, Panasonic, Singapore

Question and Answer

- 5:30pm

Qin Meng, Co-Chair, PIUG-PIAC Asia Session Planning

Session Abstracts and Biographies

Utilizing Chemical Patent Searching Techniques to Enhance Business Decision Making


The power of structure searching provides the definitive set of chemical patent results that help shape informed business decisions. Learn about resources and techniques to facilitate finding relevant chemical /pharmaceutical patent prior art that may provide insights into business development. A case study will examine steps for obtaining substances of interest, focusing these results using full-text and patent classification, and refinement techniques to identify ownership of intellectual property or potential market areas for product expansion.

John Zabilski
Registered US Patent Agent
Senior Application Specialist, CAS


John Zabilski is the chairman of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) Education and Training Committee. PIUG has provided public training sessions on Patent Searching and Freedom to Operate Fundamentals for several years. The training committee has also assisted the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) by developing course materials and presenting at Technology and Innovation Support Centers for several developing country patent offices.

John Zabilski is currently a Senior Application Specialist with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). John's primary responsibility is customer training and he has provided training and patent search consultation at many chemical and pharmaceutical companies including Dow, Pfizer, Abbott, Merck, Eastman, 3M, PPG, BP, and Monsanto. He has presented on searching patent information at the PIUG, ACS, SLA, AALL, and International Online meetings. John has also provided training at the US, Canadian, Mexican, Singapore, Malaysian, and Korean patent offices. John is a registered US Patent Agent (No. 59,626).

John has been employed by CAS for >35 years where he has held positions in editorial (organometallics), the Customer Help Desk, new product development, marketing and the STN search service. John holds a Bachelor in Chemistry from Cornell University, did graduate work in chemistry at Texas A&M, and received a MBA from Ohio State University.

Bio-Code Communication: Best Practice on Sequence Search Platforms and Reporting


Biotechnology and sequence searches play an important role in pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Communication between patent searchers and attorneys is crucial to help legal conclusion for patentability, FTO and due diligent decisions. Examples of best practices on platform choices and reporting options for special interested sequences (fused peptides, uncommon residues, and special side-chain modification) are discussed.

Yugong Cheng
Patent Research Consultant
Eli Lilly and Company


Yugong Cheng is currently a patent research consultant at the Eli Lilly Company/Elanco Animal Health in Indianapolis, IN, focusing on patent searches and analysis for biotech and biomedicine. Prior to joining Lilly in 2007, he was a computational biologist at Molecular Kinetics and a research associate at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. He has a PhD in Biochemistry and a MS in Computer Science from University Vermont, Burlington, VT, and a BS in Chemistry from Beijing University, Beijing, China.

EPO Patent Information Resources for Medical Technologies


The EPO provides patent information products and data for free, to enable end users to search, find and retrieve patent documents for themselves. The EPO products also allow online machine translation, export, monitoring and alerting functions. Additional data such as family information, citations, legal status and filewrapper content enhance the EPO's patent information product portfolio. In the age of the 4th industrial revolution, technology is revolutionising health care. The highest patent filings at the European Patent Office are currently in the field of technology applied to medicine. Against this dynamic background, the capabilities of the EPO's patent information products will be illustrated with examples from the fields of biomedical imaging, personalised medicine, and medical devices.

Nigel S. Clarke
Manager, Patent Information Research
European Patent Office (EPO)


Nigel Clarke is the Manager of the European Patent Office Patent Information Research function. He joined the EPO as patent examiner and subsequently became IT manager. Nigel later worked in international cooperation. Until recently he was Department Head responsible for Espacenet and the European Patent Register. He has authored book chapters and papers on patents, patent information, and innovation, and has lectured widely.

Nigel studied physical chemistry at Exeter University and holds a PhD in neutron science. He carried out post-doctoral research on carbon fibres at Surrey University. Leaving academia, Nigel started work in the UK Civil Service, mainly on focused energy beams for microanalysis. He published numerous scientific papers.

He holds Memberships of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics and is a Chartered Scientist, UK Science Council. He has visiting academic positions at a number of UK universities. Nigel serves on the Editorial Board of World Patent Information.

Synthetic Biology Patent Search and Analysis


Synthetic biology is capable of providing researchers with new tools to modifying organisms, and contributing new solutions to key challenges spanning the crucial range from agricultural and industrial biotechnology to medical biotechnology. While much of the patent analysis on synthetic biology to date has focused on different topics associated with synthetic biology, the focus here is to try to establish a systematic strategy for searching and screening synthetic biology.

Based on the interpretation of synthetic biology patent samples, we create a competency framework for the generic classifications that are common to inventors across all synthetic biology specialties and are essential to synthetic biology patents. Furthermore, we map the overall field of synthetic biology patents using proprietary analytical tools and secondary research methods, and thus provide a technical analysis of the patent landscape and current developments across the world.

Daming Chen
Associate Researcher
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences


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Daming Chen, Associate researcher, deputy director of Shanghai Innovation Evaluating and Consulting Center for Science and Technology. His research interests include identifying the component technologies underlying market trends with new patent landscaping methods, organizing and presenting strategic information in the development of high-tech industry programs.

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