STN Patent Forum

STN - The choice for patent experts

STN® Patent Forums provide an ideal opportunity to learn what is new, and more about patent searching on STN.

You can now Register for the STN Patent Forum at the 2019 PIUG Annual Conference, which will be held in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Patent Forum will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Sharpen your STN patent searching skills by attending this session. 

Register for the STN Patent Forum


8:30 – 9:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 AM – What’s New on STN?

(Jim Brown, FIZ Karlsruhe and John Zabilski, CAS)

Get up-to-date on the latest from STN.  Learn what’s new and coming soon!

10:00 - 10:15 AM – Break

10:15 - 12:00 PM - Enhancing Search Efficiency by Using STNext

(John Zabilski, CAS and FIZ Speaker)

Learn how STNext can help you save time by making you more efficient in conducting best practices for searching STN. This hands-on session provides opportunities to try it yourself on your own laptop or tablet throughout the training.

Learn how to:

  • Utilize the CAS Lexicon thesaurus of controlled terminology to develop comprehensive search strategies precisely targeted to the subject of interest 
  • Create a script automatically that can be reused in future sessions
  • Enable settings for performance enhancement, autosuggest, enhanced display, transcript prompt, and query summary file
  • Generate a cross-tabulation analysis to gain insights into competitive activity or the state of art
  • Conduct a targeted structure-based search strategy with the enhanced structure editor
  • Manage transcripts efficiently
  • Create custom reports in Excel or Word formats
  • Setup alerts easily for current awareness
  • Extract out single members of a patent family

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch and Networking

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM - Multi-file Case Study – Best of Both Worlds 

This presentation will illustrate the steps taken to get the best results from different databases. In this example, the search will start in the Derwent World Patents Index database, utilizing unique database content (DCR indexing, Derwent Manual Codes) and unique search features (Numeric Property Searching.) That search will be continued in the INPAFAMDB database, looking for additional family members and pertinent legal status information.

2:00 – 2:15 PM – Break

2:15 - 3:30 PM - You Cover That? Less Familiar Types of Prior Art in STN Databases 

 (Don Walter, ScienceIP)

Everybody probably knows that patents and journal articles are the most common types of prior art cited by applicants in their applications, and by examiners as part of their patent prosecution. But did you know that there are lesser known types of information in STN databases that you should also be thinking about when you do your searching? We’ll review our coverage of some of these lesser known types of information – items which you will not want to miss for your comprehensive searching tasks. 



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