Patent Information Retrieval Workshop


  1. Debasis Ganguly, Johannes Leveling and Gareth Jones. United we fall, Divided we stand: A study of Query Segmentation and PRF for Patent Prior Art Search  - slides

  2. Manisha Verma and Vasudeva Varma. Patent search using IPC Class vectors - slides

  3. Allan Hanbury, Naeem Bhatti, Mihai Lupu and Roland Mörzinger. Patent Image Retrieval: a Survey 

  4. Walid Magdy and Gareth Jones. A Study on Query Expansion Methods for Patent Retrieval

  5. Mihai Lupu. The Status of Retrieval Evaluation in the Patent Domain - slides

  6. Hidetsugu Nanba, Saori Mayumi and Toshiyuki Takezawa. Automatic Construction of a Bilingual Thesaurus using Citation Analysis - slides

Accepted papers

Discussions will take place in the second part of the workshop around posters of the accepted papers. The workshop will end with a separation into working groups, based on the discussions which have taken place during the morning and early afternoon. Potential workgroup discussion topics are:

•Industry – Academia: collaboration or competition?

•Patentese : experiences and ideas on understanding and processing it

•Image recognition for patents

•Data annotation, text mining and their use for a more semantic patent retrieval

The focus of this year’s workshop is on more interaction and more discussion between participants, focused around the ideas of the accepted papers.


Jane List - Lighthouse IP Group

Jane is currently working with Lighthouse IP Group, an information provider of patent and other IP data, prior to joining Lighthouse Jane worked at ProQuest Dialog on new product development, and was previously an information analyst at The Technology Partnership.  Jane has degrees in Information Science and Chemistry and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law.

Invited talks

Stephen Adams - Magister Ltd

Stephen is managing director of Magister Ltd., an information and training consultancy specialising in patents documentation.  He trained as a chemist at the University of Bristol, then completed a Masters degree in Information Science at City University London, and is a Chartered Member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).  He has worked in technical information for over 25 years, in central UK government, private research associations and industry, including 9 years with Zeneca Agrochemicals (now Syngenta) as their principal patent searcher.  Stephen has held board and committee positions in both the UK Patent and Trade Mark Group (PATMG) and PIUG Inc., the International Society for Patent Information.  He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Elsevier journal World Patent Information.