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    • 24 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 28 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Format
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    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.
    • 24 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 83
    Register

    When talking about prior art search, the huge amount of patent and utility model applications being filed in China, most without other family members, it seems sometimes like we have to face a terrific monster. When – in case of FTO searches – we even have to understand and interpret – the corresponding legal event data – the monster even changes into the legendary dragon. However, we invite you to tame this dragon together: We will define what is considered a legal event in China, what kind of information is available and where, discuss when an event is legally effective and how INPADOC legal event classification assists you in interpreting your findings. Finally, we will look at different case studies and show how analysing legal event information can support your business decisions.

    You are welcome to send your own cases beforehand and/or propose them during the workshop.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 91
    Register

    When talking about prior art search, the huge amount of patent and utility model applications being filed in China, most without other family members, it seems sometimes like we have to face a terrific monster. When – in case of FTO searches – we even have to understand and interpret – the corresponding legal event data – the monster even changes into the legendary dragon. However, we invite you to tame this dragon together: We will define what is considered a legal event in China, what kind of information is available and where, discuss when an event is legally effective and how INPADOC legal event classification assists you in interpreting your findings. Finally, we will look at different case studies and show how analysing legal event information can support your business decisions.

    You are welcome to send your own cases beforehand and/or propose them during the workshop.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 89
    Register

    We will show the numerous ways Orbit BioSequence can combine patent sequence searching and other types of patent searches.  From mixing chemistry and sequences to discovering important keywords via analysis.  We will also show a glimpse of future developments.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 87
    Register

    Patent families, NPL and Markush search now available in PATENTSCOPE

    New in 2021 in PATENTSCOPE:

    Patent family information for all documents. Patent family information allows to group the results so that the same invention appear only once to save time going through the results and translation efforts if the same document is available in different languages; free of charge Markush search available since April 2021 in PATENTSCOPE. Markush structures are commonly used in patent documents in order to protect whole classes of compounds with common properties.

    Non-Patent Literature (NPL) has started to be made available in PATENTSCOPE so that all the search, translation and sort features of PATENTSCOPE can be applied to NPL as well. IPC codes are available for NPL through automatic allocation.

    • Over the years, the World Intellectual Property Organization ‘s global patent database PATENTSCOPE has been evolving from a database containing only published PCT applications to a database that contains now, on top of the published PCT applications, more than 60 collections shared by national and regional patent offices. 
    • Also over the years, the search functionalities and result analysis have been developed in order to include, to name a few, the chemical search, the possibility to search in many different languages, the sorting of the results according to different criteria and built-in house and trained on patent data translation tool. 
    All the search features, analysis and translation tools in PATENTSCOPE are available free of charge.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 92
    Register

    The GenomeQuest Discover browser can aid in preparing and reporting prioritized data through filtering, annotation of key items, and specific sorts that present the data in an organized fashion. For example, there may be interest in assessing the current status of an antibody, and whether or not it may go off patent. Preparing a report for legal analysis that clearly indicates the priority data can be critical. This can be challenging, particularly for older IP that can return hundreds of thousands of hits.

    We will review some of the techniques and interfaces to prepare reports, including a search of six antibody CDR sequences. These techniques can be applied in other areas as well.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 87
    Register

    Eight months after the release of PatBase 2.0, Tim Campbell will discuss how the latest iteration of PatBase has been received by Users across North America and internationally and what has been added since. Most notably, the Export Module has been completely revamped and is now much faster, with clearer formatting and is more convenient to use.

    Tim will explore some of the neat new features added to PatDocs, a multi-use application to assist with all your IP legal operations. PatDocs has many time-saving features including downloadable legal documents and reports, and family tree mapping. Minesoft’s PAIR Alerts are included in PatDocs and have now been expanded to include some international coverage.

    With colleagues working from home or across locations and borders, it’s easy to feel disconnected due to lack of face-to-face contact, everyday conversations and even a generally interrupted schedule. Tim will end the session by explaining how you can get reconnected with Minesoft’s IPShare, a new, innovative application designed to help your team connect more effectively.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 96
    Register

    The IFI CLAIMS Direct platform provides the highest quality patent information available.  Using both CLAIMS Direct Reports and Tableau’s Wed Data Connector for direct, dynamic access to the CLAIMS Direct API, we’ll explore a variety pf patent data statistics and aggregation concepts through visualizations to shed light on the dense world of patents.

    Join us as we explore:

    • Leveraging the CLAIMS Direct API as Tableau data source
    • Elements available for statistical interpretation.
    • Use cases for patent visualizations.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 91
    Register

    The IFI CLAIMS Direct platform provides the highest quality patent information available.  Using both CLAIMS Direct Reports and Tableau’s Wed Data Connector for direct, dynamic access to the CLAIMS Direct API, we’ll explore a variety pf patent data statistics and aggregation concepts through visualizations to shed light on the dense world of patents.

    Join us as we explore:

    • Leveraging the CLAIMS Direct API as Tableau data source
    • Elements available for statistical interpretation.
    • Use cases for patent visualizations.


    • 24 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 89
    Register

    Abstract:

    Join us for a tour of new and enhanced data integration in our Patent Intelligence product suite.  This session will illustrate different workflows to leverage GENESEQ data, the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) and Darts-ip global patent litigation data to support all stages of the IP life cycle.

    Presenters:

    Laura Bantle, Registered Patent Attorney #70,462, Solution Consultant, Clarivate

    Jonathan Beaty, Intellectual Property Intelligence Solutions Consultant, Clarivate

    Chris Baldwin, Director, Solutions Team Americas, Clarivate


    • 24 May 2021
    • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 85
    Register

    Learn about the latest features in BizInt Smart Charts for Patents for creating reports integrating data from the leading patent and IP sequence databases.

    The workshop is free.



    • 28 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Conference
    • 82
    Register

    Agenda:

    9:00am-10:00am “What’s New in STNext”

    10:00am-11:00am “Catalyst Searching on STNext”

    11:00am-12:00pm “New Approaches on STNext for Finding Antibody Drug Conjugates”

    __________________________________________________________________________________ 

    Presenters: 

    Darryl French, CAS; Jim Brown, FIZ-K; John Zabilski,CAS


    • 08 Jun 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 100

    PIUG invites you to register for this Zoom meeting.

    This is PIUG's Annual Business Meeting which is being held virtually.  We hope you will be able to attend.  Registration is free, but requested, so that if it appears we will exceed our current limit of 100 registrants, we can secure more space.  Currently there is only room for 100.  Zoom link information will be provided closer to the meeting.  Registration will open May 24, 2021.

    Here is the agenda.

    • Report from the PIUG Chair
    • PIUG Committee Reports & Updates
    • Questions & Comments & Discussion

    Committee Reports

    • Treasurer's Report – Malcolm Hallam
    • PIUG 2021 Conference Report –Shelley Pavlek
    • Membership and Member Relations Committee Report—Suzanne Robins
    • Certification Committee Report—Ron Kaminecki
    • Electronic Communications Committee Report –Shelley Pavlek
    • Partnerships and Patent Offices Committee Report—Rosanna Lindquist
    • Education and Training Committee Report—John Zabilski
    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 02 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Kimpton Marlowe, Cambridge, MA

    KIMPTON MARLOWE HOTEL

    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
    • 01 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 05 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2022 Annual Conference

    Sunday, May 1 - Thursday, May 5, 2022

    The Westin Alexandria

    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    +1-703-253-8600

    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: 

    • Sunday May 1: 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 2: Our Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday May 4: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 5: 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.

    • 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
    +1-703-253-8600

    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.

    • 03 May 2025
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08 May 2025
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2025 Annual Conference

    Saturday, May 3 - Thursday, May 8, 2025

    The Westin Alexandria

    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    +1-703-253-8600

    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 May 3: Possible pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday May 4: 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 5: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday May 7: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 8: 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

28 Apr 2021 Community Engagement Hour
31 Mar 2021 Community Engagement Hour
17 Mar 2021 Legal Status - Part 4 - Interpreting Legal Status Records
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 - Webinar Series
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 Why another monitoring tool? FIZ PatMon – Specific, Broad, and Flexible
26 Oct 2020 PIUG 2020 Annual Conference
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
31 Oct 2018 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
10 Oct 2018 Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the Art of Patent Searching
08 Oct 2018 PIUG 2018 Northeast Conference
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…
05 May 2018 PIUG 2018 Annual Conference
20 Mar 2018 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course - Spring 2018
20 Feb 2018 Searching Peptides and Proteins and Second Medical Use Claims
20 Feb 2018 PIUG 2018 Biotechnology Conference
01 Nov 2017 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
31 Oct 2017 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching - 2017
27 Sep 2017 Searching Combination Sets in CPC
25 Sep 2017 PIUG 2017 Northeast Conference
25 May 2017 What’s new in CPC – recent changes and Searching in CPC - Practical Tips
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.
20 May 2017 PIUG 2017 Annual Conference
22 Mar 2017 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course - Spring 2017
27 Feb 2017 Searching Biotechnological Inventions under the EPC
27 Feb 2017 PIUG 2017 Biotechnology Conference
09 Nov 2016 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
28 Sep 2016 Search Methodology: As Important as the Tools and Databases
28 Sep 2016 USPTO New Initiatives: Global Dossier and Patent Center
26 Sep 2016 PIUG 2016 Northeast Conference
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"
21 May 2016 PIUG 2016 Annual Conference
30 Mar 2016 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
22 Feb 2016 PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference
12 Nov 2015 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
14 Oct 2015 USPTO Workshop - Global Dossier Focus Session
12 Oct 2015 PIUG 2015 Northeast Conference
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
02 May 2015 PIUG 2015 Annual Conference
19 Feb 2015 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
16 Feb 2015 PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference
29 Sep 2014 PIUG 2014 Northeast Conference
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"
26 Apr 2014 PIUG 2014 Annual Conference
27 Feb 2014 Patent Information Fundamentals Course
24 Feb 2014 PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference
30 Sep 2013 PIUG 2013 Northeast Conference
02 May 2013 CPC Workshop by USPTO and EPO
02 May 2013 AIA Workshop by the USPTO
30 Apr 2013 USPTO Tour Arranged Specifically for PIUG
27 Apr 2013 Personal Branding: Communicating the Authentic You
27 Apr 2013 Fundamentals of Current Patent Law
27 Apr 2013 Soft Skills and Squidgy Answers: The Importance of Presenting Useable Search Output to the Client
27 Apr 2013 PIUG 2013 Annual Conference
27 Apr 2013 Patinformatics: The Next Generation
26 Feb 2013 PIUG 2013 Biotech Meeting
25 Oct 2012 Patent Information Fundamentals Course

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