Patent information professionals gathered in sunny San Francisco for the 2015 PIUG Biotechnology Conference on February 16–18th.
The conference, hosted at Genentech, offered a mix of workshops, presentations, vendor exhibitions and networking opportunities that brought together patent searchers from diverse biotechnology organizations.
The central theme of this year’s conference was “Maximizing Value in Biotechnology Searching with New Technologies and Trends”. Delegates were eager to enhance existing search strategies which included a mix of content provider search tools, keyword search, in-house developed programming/machine learning, manual curation outsourcing and, for many, Linguamatics I2E.
They all had one thing in common, everyone was interested in finding new trends, techniques and technologies that would help them return more relevant patent information more efficiently.
The workshop included an overview of updates to our text mining platform I2E, to allow easier embedding and automation, multilingual processing, improved visualization and simpler extraction of information from tables – all of which resonated well with this year’s theme.