Conference on Patinformatics for Research and Business Planning

Every engineer has a dream to patent his invention. Keeping that in mind I attended couple of sessions on intellectual properties a year back.  There I come to know that one should be intelligent to invent and pioneer new technology which is patentable and smart enough to grab a patent on it. Yes, smart! Already there lots, lots of patents granted. So to show the invention as a novel, patent documents are drafted in different way. This in turn makes difficult for technologists to understand existing patent documents. So “Patent Analyst” performs patent and non-patent literature searches to determine the patentability of an invention. To search, there are special databases available and most of them provide paid services.

To take overview of this field and to see if it can be career option of graduate engineers, I attended this conference organized by SIS and URDIP. Although I couldn’t understand many of the things in the workshop and conference because may be a little experience was pre-requisite, but I enjoyed the conference.

Workshops

  • Patent landscaping using STN AnaVist – Mr. Paul Peters demonstrated various ways to analyze the search results from science literature and patent documents. The attractive feature was visualization patterns of search results and trends in research. There are many ways to represent the results and carrying processes on it.
  • Patent searching in SciFinder – SciFinder covers scientific publications as well as patents in the field of chemistry, biotechnology, life sciences, and chemical/bio engineering, polymers, material sciences. Awesome feature of this service is user can literally draw the molecular structure and search patents related to it!
  • PatBase – the demo showed search and display features of this full text based database.
  • iNSIGHT Pro – demonstration covered various tools which are used to conduct advanced patent analysis. I like the feature of categorizing the patent data sets which helps in analyzing patents when same patents come in different classes.

Conference

Inaugural Lecture was by Mr. Paul Peters, Director, CAS, Europe.

He compared Indian patents with other emerging markets. In one of slides of his presentation statistics were like this

Contribution of Academia in Patents

India = 1.6% Korea = 6% China = 17.6%

Key-Note address was by Dr. Prabhuddha Gangulay talked about his projects involving students. This was followed by Presidential address by Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar.

(Audio clip of Dr. Mashekar’s speech. Low Quality)

Next two days experts from industries delivered presentations on research and business strategies. Most of the speakers were having PhD in some field and additionally they were either patent agents or worked in the field of patent analysis for quite long time. To name a few speakers were from Thomson Reuters, Phillips, Teaxs Instruments, Infosys, Nation Chemical Laboratory India, Eaton technologies, KPIT Pune, Reliance Industries and CSIR-URDIP.

One example given by Mr. Dawn Jos of Texas Instruments on how difficult language is used while drafting a patent and so searching is very challenging task for patent analyst – A glass is half filled with water. A patent attorney writes it as – Liquid H2O bisects the cylindrical open vessel.

To sum up my experience of conference –

It seems industries in India are now considering the importance of Intellectual properties so, in upcoming days business strategies will have influence of research planning. Also I think, start-ups will rise to new heights in business on the basis of patents.

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