2013 PIUG Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

2013 PIUG Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

 The 2013 PIUG Annual Meeting continued Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, with more great presentations! A highlight of Tuesday morning's session on "Chemical Patent Information" featured Natalie Pilote of Novartis. Natalie is an IP Information Analyst based in Basel, Switzerland. She noted that patent searchers have a difficult time locating exclusivity information for pharmaceuticals, but it is crucial in supporting patent research. Pharmaceutical companies must have market, regulatory, and legal (case law) patent protection in order to offset the costs of research and development. Also, to maintain a fair balance between innovation and competition from generics, some countries have laws that compensate patent owners for the time lag between filing a patent and receiving market authorization. In the session "Case Studies in Chemical/Biological Patents," Yali Friedman, founder of thinkBiotech, focused on innovation in global pharmaceutical development. Dr. Friedman noted that a shift to drug development in emerging economies could result in an increase in drugs for the treatment of third world diseases. Although the U.S., western Europe, and Japan still lead the world in pharmaceutical patents granted, a shift to development in the third world could decrease focus on western diseases. Also, the price and market potential of a given patent will continue to influence a patent applicant's filing decisions. Not all countries provide the same economic incentive.

Patent prosecution data was a highlight of Wednesday's sessions. Tony Trippe of Patinformatics LLC,  gave a walkthrough of the USPTO's  PAIR (Patent Application Information Retrieval) system. PAIR is the USPTO's repository of documents related to patent applications. Tony explained the various types of prosecution information available in PAIR and the ways in which this information can be used to determine the potential value of a patent. Dave Abbott, Vice President of Reed Technology Information Service (RTIS), announced that there is a new USPTO data host in town: RTIS is now the host of public access to USPTO bulk data, PAIR, maintenance, assignments, and related data!   Google has been performing this service in recent years. Very soon, this role will be taken by RTIS!  RTIS has been the USPTO's data capture provider for 43 years. Its role is now expanding to include management of the USPTO's repository of 100 terabytes of patent and trademark data.

Several patent search products announced improvements. Hee-tae Kim, Director of the Information Planning Division for the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO),  gave an overview of recent improvements to KIPRIS (Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service). KIPRIS increased its search system stability and speed. It now also offers access to raw data through KIPRIS Plus, a web service that provides Korean Patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, trial records, registrations, and other information related to Korean patent prosecution. Dr. Nigel Clark of the European Patent Office  reviewed the new Cooperative Patent Classification System (CPC) browser that integrated into espacenet. Its design meets requirements to support not only the CPC scheme itself, but also the requirement to display related metadata such as notices and references. Christopher Kim , the CPC Program Coordinator at the USPTO,  and Pierre Held, CPC Coordinator for the EPO, provided a status on the cooperative effort of these two offices to integrate CPC into their processes. BizInt, PatBase, STN, and the World Intellectual Property Organization all presented methods and techniques for using their services to effectively research and present results.

Saving the best for the end, Marla Grossman, Executive Director of the Coalition for Patent and Trademark Information Dissemination, delivered the strongest presentation of the meeting. Marla is a staunch advocate for commercial providers such as LexisNexis (LN is a member of the Coalition). In her talk, she reviewed the threat to patent data quality that results from USPTO budget cutbacks. The USPTO is increasing its use of OCR and is moving toward requiring applicants to convert documents into XML. Both of these changes, if they are not correctly monitored, can greatly increase the number of errors introduced into the data. Errors in the data would impact the searchability of commercial providers' databases.

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone. PIUG will be great next year, too!  It's always the best place to learn about cutting edge patent technology, changes at the patent offices, and new  research techniques!

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