Minesoft

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Minesoft's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Minesoft is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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18 | MINESOFT
CEO Ann Chapman-Daniel
Introducing products to
prospects at an international
IP conference
Minesoft was set up in the late 1990s by CEO Ann
Chapman-Daniel and her husband Ophir. Ann and
Ophir wanted to combine their careers in the field of
online sci-tech publishing and web-based solutions in the early
days of the internet.With 20 years of innovation and growth
under its belt, Minesoft now serves 80,000 users across the
world. Ann tells
The Parliamentary Review
that many of their
users are from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, national
patent offices, leading law firms, and academic institutions.
In 2009, and again in 2015, we won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise
for outstanding achievement in rapidly growing export markets in the field of
intellectual property information.
Our portfolio of innovative products led toan award for Best Business at a regional
business event in 2019, and we have been recognised elsewhere for innovation,
international sales and entrepreneurship.
We traded internationally from day one, utilising our bilingual abilities. Later,
we expanded abroad with several sales representative offices and overseas
partners.We acted independently, growing sales and profits. The company grew
steadily and won clients in advanced manufacturing countries where patenting is
an important activity to secure intellectual property rights.We compete with much
larger international corporations, many of them billion-dollar entities, as well as
with small specialists. Today, we are selected as a global supplier to some of the
biggest brand names of the 21st century, and so we are set to continue growth
and win an increasing share of the market.
FACTS ABOUT
MINESOFT
»CEO: Ann Chapman-Daniel
»Established in 1998
»Based in Richmond
»Services: Patent analysis and
patent search software
»No. of employees: 60
Minesoft
19MINESOFT |
BUSINESS SERVICES
We provide industry with reliable
and powerful solutions to access
the technological and scientific
information that is often only available
in patents. We invest time and effort
in the design of innovative software
which our client base requires to
handle the multiplicity of data, sources
and languages. We keep close to
our customers, often developing
new features for their internal use as
well as for the wider community of
chemical and engineering researchers.
Big advances in the scientific and
technological landscape enable sifting
and close analysis of massive amounts
of data.
Growing our global footprint
We prioritised our global footprint,
partnering with the World Intellectual
Property Organization in an initiative to
give researchers in LDCs free or low-
cost access to sophisticated tools and
services to drive their use of available
innovation. Software solutions can
be developed not only to capture,
archive anddisseminate valuable
intellectual property data but also as a
training tool, to the point where IP is
embedded into all thought processes,
from the launch of a product to the
beginning of a new project.
Our searchable resource, containing
the sci-tech solutions being patented
worldwide, is tantamount to a
database of ideas. In the same vein,
our success and longevity as an
independent, entrepreneurial company
has been influenced by the extent to
which we continually reinvent our own
product range and upgrade products
and IT solutions to harness the
latest technology. Our clients, being
themselves among the most innovative
people in the world, embrace this
approach, and thus we have become a
trusted partner to a plethora of 2019’s
top brand names.
Our UK office is in Richmond upon
Thames, and our staff socialise with
local charities, start-ups and arts
organisations as a counterbalance
to our business life. This year, we
sponsored Richmond Theatre, local
Christmas lights, a River Thames
paddleboard event on plastic pollution
and the Great River Race. Alongside
this, we also fielded teams in the 21-
mile row from Greenwich to Richmond
and organised runners in the London
Marathon for the local Poppy
Factory armed services charity. As a
director of BID Richmond, I help plan
additional business rate expenditure to
enhance Richmond. In November, we
sponsored the Richmond Chamber of
Commerce Business Awards, and we
will judge the Female Entrepreneurship
Award, a further opportunity to
get involved with and support local
businessdevelopment.
As we move ahead, we are developing
an innovative search engine to be
released at the end of 2019. We are
designing brand new functionality,
such as fast faceting and instant
analysis of millions of documents,
AI natural language searching, and
semantics, alongside automated
translation and mapping techniques.
AI applications will automate
Minesoft IT, sales
and marketing
representatives at a
business awards event
Our clients are
among the
most
innovative
people in the
world
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
19MINESOFT |
BUSINESS SERVICES
We provide industry with reliable
and powerful solutions to access
the technological and scientific
information that is often only available
in patents. We invest time and effort
in the design of innovative software
which our client base requires to
handle the multiplicity of data, sources
and languages. We keep close to
our customers, often developing
new features for their internal use as
well as for the wider community of
chemical and engineering researchers.
Big advances in the scientific and
technological landscape enable sifting
and close analysis of massive amounts
of data.
Growing our global footprint
We prioritised our global footprint,
partnering with the World Intellectual
Property Organization in an initiative to
give researchers in LDCs free or low-
cost access to sophisticated tools and
services to drive their use of available
innovation. Software solutions can
be developed not only to capture,
archive anddisseminate valuable
intellectual property data but also as a
training tool, to the point where IP is
embedded into all thought processes,
from the launch of a product to the
beginning of a new project.
Our searchable resource, containing
the sci-tech solutions being patented
worldwide, is tantamount to a
database of ideas. In the same vein,
our success and longevity as an
independent, entrepreneurial company
has been influenced by the extent to
which we continually reinvent our own
product range and upgrade products
and IT solutions to harness the
latest technology. Our clients, being
themselves among the most innovative
people in the world, embrace this
approach, and thus we have become a
trusted partner to a plethora of 2019’s
top brand names.
Our UK office is in Richmond upon
Thames, and our staff socialise with
local charities, start-ups and arts
organisations as a counterbalance
to our business life. This year, we
sponsored Richmond Theatre, local
Christmas lights, a River Thames
paddleboard event on plastic pollution
and the Great River Race. Alongside
this, we also fielded teams in the 21-
mile row from Greenwich to Richmond
and organised runners in the London
Marathon for the local Poppy
Factory armed services charity. As a
director of BID Richmond, I help plan
additional business rate expenditure to
enhance Richmond. In November, we
sponsored the Richmond Chamber of
Commerce Business Awards, and we
will judge the Female Entrepreneurship
Award, a further opportunity to
get involved with and support local
businessdevelopment.
As we move ahead, we are developing
an innovative search engine to be
released at the end of 2019. We are
designing brand new functionality,
such as fast faceting and instant
analysis of millions of documents,
AI natural language searching, and
semantics, alongside automated
translation and mapping techniques.
AI applications will automate
Minesoft IT, sales
and marketing
representatives at a
business awards event
Our clients are
among the
most
innovative
people in the
world
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and streamline the 130 million
patent documents with the goal
of aidingresearch. The computing
and data delivery industries promise
improvements we can harness. We
chose an ideal moment in time to set
up our company, and looking back
on where we started and comparing
where we are now, we foresee a
greatfuture.
Adapting to uncertainty
In order to adapt to Brexit, we have
aimed to diversify our country base to
mitigate risk, a deliberate strategy we
have implemented over many years.
We remain, as a company, committed
to Europe, because we serve
advanced manufacturing countries
and technologically savvy companies
investing in research and development.
We have now set up a subsidiary
in Germany, the largest European
patenting country. Our turnover is
90 per cent non-UK, with about 50
per cent of this earned across Europe
today. Exporters like us hope for an
outcome that enables business to
continue to thrive within the EEA
without impediment.
In many ways, the UK is an ideal
base for international trade. The UK
lies in the middle of various time
zones, and this means we can talk
to people for at least part of the day
almost everywhere, forging better
relationships. A multicultural, multi-
language city like London is perfectly
positioned but must remain accessible.
EU-wide free movement of people
and goods remains an important
location factor. I see this as essential
to retain the attractiveness, benefits
and ease of recruiting the best brains
and skill sets for the 21st century,
and in that, we are competing head-
on with significant countries in our
part of the globe. How the constant
interaction between business and
geopolitical factors plays out is going
to befascinating.
The UK is an
ideal base for
international
trade
On The Green, just a
step from Minesoft’s
London HQ in leafy
Richmond-upon-Thames

www.minesoft.com

This article was sponsored by Minesoft. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development