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    • 09 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WebEx Webinar
    • 45

    Comprehensive Techniques for Obtaining and Interpreting Legal Status Information

    Obtaining comprehensive and accurate Legal Status information is crucial for patent searchers particularly for Freedom-to Operate and effective evaluation of Intellectual Property acquisitions. Find out what constitutes legal status, use cases for needing it, where to find it, differences between multi-authority resources and national registers, PCT legal status and developing a deeper understanding of legal status.

    The LIVE webinar series will provide an opportunity to ask questions and all sessions will be recorded to allow series subscribers to catchup on a missed session.  The first Webinar was held on December 9, 2020, but the offer to register for the complete series has been extended until January 20, 2021.

    • Webinar 1 - First steps in determining legal status
    • Webinar 2 - Overview of source types for legal status information
    • Webinar 3 - Deep-diving into Legal Status
    • Webinar 4 - Interpreting Legal Status Record

    Once the series is paid for, the confirmation email will be sent containing the URL and password for accessing the recording to view on demand along with a link to download presentation slides.  The links for remaining 'live' sessions will also be sent in the confirmation email.

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • WebEx Webinar
    • 100
    • How do we understand what we find?
    • Sources of national patent law (in English)
    • WIPO-CASE and the IP5 One Portal Dossier
    • Navigating some non-English Patent Office registers
    • Legal status impact upon the bibliographic record (including non-IPO decisions)
    • When do we conduct a legal status enquiry?
    • 24 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 28 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Format

    PIUG 2021 Combined Annual and Biotechnology Virtual Conference

    Monday, May 24 - Thursday, May 27, 2021

    As you make your plans to attend, be sure to check out the many ways you can make the most out of your conference experience. Due to the far reaching impact of COVID-19, This year's conference will again be presented in a Virtual format in conjunction with the PIUG 2021 Biotechnology Conference.

    The plenary sessions run from Tuesday to Thursday with workshops on Monday and Friday, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference. 

    • More details to follow.
    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 02 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Kimpton Marlowe, Cambridge, MA


    25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
    Cambridge, MA  02141

    Now in its sixteenth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis.  Due to the impact of COVID-19, last year's Biotechnology Conference was held in conjunction with the PIUG 2021 Annual Conference which was held in a Virtual Format.  More to follow.

    Conference Schedule

    • Tuesday, March 1 - Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibition 
    • Wednesday, March 2 - Vendor Workshops
    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 04 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2023 Annual Conference

    Saturday, April 28 - Thursday, May 4, 2021

    The Westin Alexandria

    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    As you make your plans to attend, be sure to check out the many ways you can make the most out of your conference experience. 

    The plenary sessions run from Monday to Wednesday, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference. Be sure your travel plans account for: 

    • Saturday April 29: Possible pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday April 30: Vendor workshops, Conference Warm-up For First Time Attendees, and the Opening Reception! Plus, a chance to check out the inner workings of PIUG at the annual Business meeting. 
    • Monday, May 1: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday May 3: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 4: Post-conference workshops. Because you really can’t be too much of an expert.   

    Some details, such as vendor workshop registration links, still need to be finalized. Bookmark the link and return often.

Past events

17 Feb 2021 Legal Status - Part 3 - Deep-diving into Legal Status
20 Jan 2021 Legal Status - Part 2 - Overview of source types for legal status information
09 Dec 2020 Legal Status - Part 1 - First steps in determining legal status
30 Oct 2020 USPTO Initiatives: Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
30 Oct 2020 STN Patent Forum
30 Oct 2020 AI assisted reading for faster understanding of patent texts
26 Oct 2020 Expanding Patentability: A Novel Approach Using a Non-Obvious Data Source
26 Oct 2020 Preferred Patent Lineup and Automated Antibody Search Report
26 Oct 2020 Get Up To Date with BizInt Smart Charts
26 Oct 2020 Meet the new Derwent Innovation
26 Oct 2020 Part 1 - What's new in Orbit Intelligence?; Part 2 - FAMPAT FOUNDATIONS, Detecting and Repairing the Dysfunctional Family
26 Oct 2020 Introducing PatBase 2.0, the biggest ever update to the PatBase
26 Oct 2020 PIUG 2020 Annual Conference
26 Oct 2020 Why another monitoring tool? FIZ PatMon – Specific, Broad, and Flexible
13 May 2020 PIUG 2020 Annual Business Meeting
25 Feb 2020 PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Conference
23 Sep 2019 PIUG 2019 Northeast Regional Conference
08 May 2019 “The wonderful world of WIPO standards”
08 May 2019 Artificial Intelligence Basics for Patent Professionals
08 May 2019 Leveraging CPC for Search
05 May 2019 Delivering Patent Analytics With a Punch
05 May 2019 Updates to PatBase & PatDocs, introducing IPShare and What to Expect Next from Minesoft…
05 May 2019 Latest Innovations: optimize your IP analysis
05 May 2019 Advances in Sequence Searching: GQ Discover Browser, Sequence Variation Discovery Module and CAS BiosequencesTM Access
05 May 2019 Get Up to Date with BizInt Smart Charts for Patents
05 May 2019 Patent Portfolio Maintenance: Benchmarking Current Practices
05 May 2019 Google Patents for Power Users
05 May 2019 Google Patents Public Datasets
04 May 2019 PIUG Fundamentals of Patent Searching
04 May 2019 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching and Fundamentals
04 May 2019 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching
04 May 2019 PIUG 2019 Annual Conference
22 Apr 2019 Webinar 4: Producing Patent Landscape Reports that will be Read and Used by Senior Management
21 Mar 2019 Webinar 3: Generating Spatial Concept Maps
28 Feb 2019 Webinar 2: Using PivotTables and MS Excel to Generate Simple Charts, Graphs and Tables
21 Feb 2019 Resources of Interest
21 Feb 2019 The Patent Examination Process Including Different Approaches to Searching at the USPTO
21 Feb 2019 The Meat Inside the WIPO Standard ST.26 Nutshell; The Details of Sequence Listings in Patent Applications
19 Feb 2019 PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference
24 Jan 2019 Preparing Patent Analytics Projects and Patent Landscape Reports – Hands-On Lessons
24 Jan 2019 Webinar 1: The Linear Law of Patent Analysis, Patent Family Reductions and Assignee Cleanups
10 Oct 2018 Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the Art of Patent Searching
10 May 2018 Sneak Preview of New Espacenet
05 May 2018 USPTO Initiatives: Global Dossier and eCommerce Modernization Workshop
05 May 2018 USPTO Initiatives: Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
05 May 2018 Patent Information & Intelligence That Senior Managers Really Need…
20 Feb 2018 Searching Peptides and Proteins and Second Medical Use Claims
20 Feb 2018 PIUG 2018 Biotechnology Conference
27 Sep 2017 Searching Combination Sets in CPC
21 May 2017 Global Patent Dossier - 2017
20 May 2017 The EPO Patent Information Products Road Show - 2017
20 May 2017 “Making it to the Premiership” – a review of the rising stars in the IP information space.
27 Feb 2017 Searching Biotechnological Inventions under the EPC
28 Sep 2016 Search Methodology: As Important as the Tools and Databases
26 May 2016 EPO's PATSTAT Online
22 May 2016 Global Patent Dossier
21 May 2016 Connecting, Engaging, and Making Your Case: How To Communicate Your Value To People Who Don't Understand What You Do
21 May 2016 Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists
21 May 2016 Understanding "Europe"
14 Oct 2015 USPTO Workshop - Global Dossier Focus Session
07 May 2015 Searching in CPC - Practical Tips
02 May 2015 The EPO Patent Information Products Road Show
02 May 2015 Patent Documentation from South America: Procedures, Sources and Uses.
02 May 2015 Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists
19 Feb 2015 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
01 May 2014 CPC Workshop
01 May 2014 Advanced Strategies for Searching Patents in Any Source
26 Apr 2014 EPO Road Show
26 Apr 2014 Fundamentals of Current Patent Law
26 Apr 2014 IP in Africa - Shedding Light on the "Dark Continent"
27 Feb 2014 Patent Information Fundamentals Course
02 May 2013 CPC Workshop by USPTO and EPO
02 May 2013 AIA Workshop by the USPTO
27 Apr 2013 Personal Branding: Communicating the Authentic You
27 Apr 2013 Fundamentals of Current Patent Law
27 Apr 2013 Patinformatics: The Next Generation
27 Apr 2013 Soft Skills and Squidgy Answers: The Importance of Presenting Useable Search Output to the Client

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