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Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

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Patent Information Users Group, Inc.  The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

Why join the PIUG?

The PIUG mission is to support, assist, improve and enhance the success of patent information professionals through leadership, education, communication, advocacy and networking. Through this international forum and discussion, we also promote and improve the retrieval, analysis and dissemination of patent information. The PIUG membership brochure offers concise information about PIUG and its many benefits for the patent information community.


Anyone who searches patent information knows how challenging it can be. The PIUG provides a supportive environment in which you can learn about cutting edge developments in searching, analyzing, organizing and understanding patent information. By having access to the PIUG conference proceedings held three times a year and participating in the 24/7 PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF), you will learn from your international colleagues new skills that will help further develop your knowledge about patent information. As a PIUG member, you will have the information and support that will help you excel.


Share your experiences, expertise or unique solutions to patent information challenges and reap the benefit of building your professional network and advancing your career.


Become a part of an international community of intelligent, resourceful and generous individuals, all of whom have a professional, technical or scientific interest in patent information. The PIUG community is a vibrant and highly respected network of professionals. See for yourself, come join us.

We have over 160 patent information professionals who do patent searching for corporations, over 40 working for vendors, over 50 patent information consultants, over 40 patent information professionals within law firms, and over 10 searchers each working for Government Offices or based in academic institutions. We are employed in performing patentability, freedom-to-practice, and validity patent searches for Fortune 500 / multinational companies, leading universities and major IP law firms. In recent years, PIUG members have also engaged in patent information analysis as a strategic innovation tool.

PIUG has a Public Discussion Forum on the website which is available for new posts, a global collaborative tool with over 1800 subscribers worldwide. In addition, we have presence in professional and social networking channels, such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Get to know us and meet the PIUG Officers.

Current Member Benefits

  • Affiliation with the premier international society for patent information professionals, whose active members include patent attorneys and agents, licensing professionals, patent information researchers and vendors, and documentation experts from the U.S. and abroad
  • Reduced Fees for PIUG-sponsored conferences, trainings and workshops
  • Access to full conference proceeding archives and special subscriptions rates to IP journals
  • Effective advocacy platform to influence patent offices, vendors and service providers


  • Reduced registration fees for PIUG conferences: the PIUG Annual Conference (May), and the PIUG Boston Biotech Conference (February).  The savings by attending these events more than pays for your annual membership fee!
  • Reduced subscription rates such as for World Patent Information and Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst journals and the JSTOR digital resource.


  • Comlimentary Member Training Webinars
  • PIUG Membership Directory (Members-only site).
  •  Access to previous Annual, Biotech, and Northeast Conference Proceedings (Members-only access).
  •  PIUG Newsletter and Newsletter Archive Access. (The cover
    page of the most recent issue is available to all).
  • PIUG Salary Survey and Access to Previous Surveys
  • Other survey data related to patent information, e.g. patent
    analytic practices.
  • Access to the PIUG LinkedIn group.
  • Ongoing professional training made available at PIUG
    conferences and sponsored workshops.

Become a Member  

 Please note that memberships are based on a calendar-year membership term, which runs from January 1 - December 31 each year.

If you are joining or renewing as an Active member of PIUG and you are residing in an emerging country categorized as low, lower middle or upper middle income on the World Bank's World Bank List of Economies spreadsheet, you will receive the discount off the Active membership cost upon checkout.

Believe it or not, the world of patent professionals is far wider than you imagine!

From patent information researchers to licensing professionals, patent attorneys to commercialization managers, there is only one patent information professional association that gives you access to this growing community. Worldwide since 1988.

Become a Member

PIUG - Patent Information User Group, Inc.

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40 E. Main St., #1438
Newark, DE  19711

Phone: +1 (302) 660-3275   
Fax: +1 (302) 660-3276


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