Ann Chapman: A Bibliophile, Creating waves in the Patenting Vertical

Patenting is an important activity to secure intellectual property and sell goods abroad. A good patenting solution every organization needs to exploit the commercial value of IP and scientific information throughout the innovation process. Ann Chapman is providing such leading-edge patenting solutions that can connect to the target audience in a rightful manner.

Ann is a bibliophile who loves written words and languages. She is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Minesoft who always finds new ways of crafting innovative software solutions concerning patenting requirements. Dissemination of information and knowledge is what always inspires her.

Ann began her career working with renowned publishing company, Thomson Reuters (then known as International Thompson) and was sent all over the world to visit clients and secure business. Later, she moved to another US publishing company (Ziff Davies Group) in the field of business information (companies and markets). After some time, she returned to patents and Scitech publishing with France Telecom Group.

After gaining vital experience of the professional world, she ultimately took the plunge into the entrepreneurial world. As a businessperson, Ann gives special attention to Marketing, PR and Finance operations to a great level. Besides these, she is very much active in developing the skill sets and management team to boost organizational efficiency and productivity.

She gives special credit to her husband Ophir Daniel, a seasoned professional for her remarkable success as the MD of Minesoft. Ophir drives innovation through product design, development and IT infrastructure. He is a genius innovator who has a new idea every day. He grew up as an engineer on a kibbutz in Israel, a big collective farm with advanced manufacturing facilities. Rahman Hyatt, Board Director, is another key person at Minesoft, who has assisted significantly towards the growth of Minesoft.

We also have a highly motivated and hardworking team that is comprises of adept professionals. In my opinion, a company needs a variety of assets for prolonged success and it is the role of the leader to enable others to fulfill their potential too,” asserts Ann.

Minesoft’s Illustrious Offerings and Remarkable Feats

With leading corporations, patent offices and law firms among its customers, Minesoft has come a long way from its humble beginnings. It has achieved this without taking on outside investment but instead in always being forward thinking in growing the company’s network and locating new partners.

Minesoft’s history spans over 20 years of innovation and development – an achievement in itself. In 2003, Minesoft & RWS launched PatBase, a new searchable database of patent documents designed by experts in the complex art of the patent information research. Since the first critically acclaimed public demonstrations in 2003, PatBase has gone on to attract over 70,000 users worldwide.

Whilst we are probably best known for PatBase, a professional patent search and analytics system, we have clients so far spread that many never search at all,” states Ann. “For example, legal operations professions who may be paralegals or the like require access to clean data but for entirely different purposes.”

In 2009, Minesoft won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for an outstanding achievement in rapidly growing export markets in the field of Intellectual Property (patent) information – a tribute to the international success of PatBase and to the dedication of the development, sales and support staff behind it.

Minesoft has expanded its portfolio of innovative patent information products to include PatBase Express, PatentOrder, Patent FamilyPortal, PatentTracker, Legal StatusTracker, CiteTracker, Chemical Explorer, Pat- KM and PatBase Analytics. This continuous innovation was instrumental in Minesoft being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a second time in 2015. The Award was given for an impressive, sustained growth in International Trade, the company having demonstrated an outstanding achievement in rapidly growing export markets in the field of Intellectual Property (patent) information.

The company has introduced a new product called PatDocs in late 2018 which provides fully automated patent family trees, the ability to instantly create a fully filled in SB-08 information disclosure document (ready for PTO submission), the ability to download any number of patent PDFs (in bulk or individually) within seconds and the ability to create a sharable work product between colleagues or between inside and outside counsel.

Uniqueness of the Company

Minesoft is a renowned patent solution provider that has partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the ASPI programme. It provides researchers in developing countries free or low-cost access to sophisticated tools and services, like PatBase, for retrieving and analyzing patent data to help drive innovation worldwide. Minesoft has been providing industry with reliable and powerful solutions to access the technological and scientific information that is often only available in patents for the past 20 years.

We invest a lot of time and effort in the design and development of exactly the type of search tools our User Base requires to handle the multiplicity of data and sources – based on the feedback we receive,” added Ann.

Giving unfettered access to this data helps to drive innovation worldwide and make big advances in the scientific and technological landscapes whether it’s a new pharmaceutical drug or technology for electric vehicles – building on these ideas can change the world for the better,” states Ann.

Future Endeavour

Minesoft is working on developing a new search engine that should be released later this year. Moreover, the company is ready to develop some neat new functionality in areas like natural language searching and semantics.

We will also develop the area of automated translations and landscaping analysis. In the coming 10 years, Ophir and I will continue to travel widely to learn about our globe and help develop new technologies for the future,” concluded Ann.

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