Minutes from PLL SIS Intellectual Property Group Business Meeting 100th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference Monday, July 16, 2007 Co-Chairs: Jackie Grossman, Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP Fran Sheehan, Fish and Richardson P.C. 1. Welcome and Introductions The meeting began with lunch sponsored by Questel Orbit. Jackie opened the business portion of the meeting by introducing herself and Fran Sheehan, her co-chair. Jackie then introduced Mr. Elliott Linder (ELinder@questel.com), Sales Manager, North America from Questel Orbit, who welcomed the IP group and invited everyone to attend a session about Questel’s products and services later on during the conference. Each meeting attendee introduced himself. Approximately 40 persons attended the meeting, about twice last year's attendance. Fran welcomed the new members and said they should feel free to contact the more experienced librarians at any time for assistance. She mentioned the IP listserv and how to subscribe. PIUG was also suggested as a resource for both experienced and new patent searchers. IP group member and PLL chair Lucy Curci-Gonzalez mentioned that the IP group is the most energetic and active PLL group. 2. Review of last year's accomplishments and goals for next year Survey results. Based on a member survey, a program on Patent Searching Fundamentals will be submitted for possible presentation at the 2008 AALL conference. IP group member Jennifer Berman is on the 2008 program selection committee. Social networking. The IP group had five social networking events last year in various cities. Volunteers were solicited as hosts for future events. Fran mentioned that the Chairs may be able to travel to the networking events. Watch for upcoming events posted to the listserv and to the PLL-SIS Intellectual Property website. Perspectives articles. IP group member Donna Fisher was introduced as the co-chair of Perspectives, the PLL quarterly newsletter. The IP group has been contributing a regular article to Perspectives for the last few issues and will continue to do so. Volunteers to write articles were solicited. A suggestion was made for an article on domain names. Additions to web page. Articles and presentations have been added to the IP web page. 2008 Program Proposal. Final submission of the program for the 2008 AALL conference is due by 8/15/07. Three of the five speakers are already scheduled; volunteers to be the remaining two speakers were solicited. The five topics to be covered in the presentation are: Research regarding assignments, patent family and legal status research, searches for litigation related to specific patents, searches for foreign patents and abstracts and prior art searching basics. Lucy observed there are tremendous opportunities in 2009 when the AALL conference will be held in Washington, D.C., home of the USPTO. 3. IP Resources Discussion Design Patents Bibliography. Lucy's staff has prepared a design patents bibliography and requested additions to the bibliography before considering it completed. She specifically asked if anyone could suggest a definitive book on the topic. Lucy also suggested that the group post the bibliography on our website. Outsourcing. Donna Fisher asked the group if any law firms are considering or are outsourcing patent preparation and prosecution. No one responded in the affirmative. The only comment was from Lucy, who said they had considered the idea but are not outsourcing at this time. Vendor issues. There was discussion on Thomson CompuMark Saegis interface problems. Individuals experiencing problems are encouraged to individually contact Saegis to complain about the problem. General discussion. Other general questions included the use of RSS feeds to sweep Public Pair, Lexis Patent Optimizer, and Thompson West IP Monitor. Minutes respectfully submitted by Donna M. Fisher.