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    • 15 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 432
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    Best Practices for Searching Non-Patent Literature

    Christine Geluk (BIO)

    Principal & Founder, Librarian At Your Service LLC

    Patent Office examiners around the world search all types of prior art, not just patents, so there is a need to learn more about Non-Patent Literature (NPL) sources and how to search them.

    Starting with the core definition of NPL (remember NPL is not just journal articles!), this session explores database choices patent information professionals have for their patentability search (aka prior art) checklist. While several types of databases will be covered, there will be an emphasis on publicly available databases. General search strategies on each database, and on several NPL types will be included. Specific examples will be shown that illustrates the database and NPL type search strategies.

    • 28 Feb 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, Cambridge, MA
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    KIMPTON MARLOWE HOTEL

    25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
    Cambridge, MA  02141

    Now in its seventeenth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. Within a changing business environment, patent searchers continue to provide value to companies and clients by maintaining contemporary knowledge of resources, technologies and industry trends.

    To allow participation by a wider audience, particularly those in other countries, this year, PIUG will be making the conference available through the use of our Meeting App.  We still encourage attendance in person for the full conference experience and enhanced interaction between attendees and our vendors.  All sessions will be recorded and available for access within a day or two of the presentation through the app for both virtual and in-person attendees.  Registration for Virtual Attendance will not have an early-bird component for pricing and will open on January 16th one week prior to  when the rates for in-person attendees rise to the standard rate and early-bird rates end. The main difference in cost of registration essentially covers the cost of the food and beverages provided during the conference onsite.  It will be good to once again meet in person and reconnect with your peers.

    Conference Schedule

    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 449
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    Best Practices for Searching IP5 Literature

    Kartar Singh Arora, Ph.D. (BIO)

    Clarivate

    IP5 is a term used to represent the five major patent offices namely, USPTO, EPO, SIPO, JPO and KPO. These offices are responsible for granting of a large majority of patents worldwide. Most of the patent professionals are very familiar with US and EP patents and patent offices. The knowledge of Chinese, Japanese and Korean patents may be limited for those of us who do not deal with these patents on a regular basis. This webinar will present an overview of differences in patents and procedures used by IP5 patent offices with a particular focus on the following items.

    1. Types of patents granted
    2. Patentable inventions
    3. Critical dates i.e., bar dates
    4. Definition of novelty and lack of invention step
    5. Procedures for challenging pending and granted patents
    6. Patent terms including extensions
    7. Patent offices and services provided including online databases including timeline for grant of patents and statistics.
    • 05 Apr 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    Patent Information Users Group - Community Engagement Hour

    OPTIONAL - Sign Up/Registration is Available from the PIUG webpage below; This gives you the ability to add the event to your personal CALENDAR

    PIUG MONTHLY Calendar - April 5

    Zoom Link: 

    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88931024985?pwd=REFhejNjZ0RUaHhoT1Q4VHA2WHZuZz09

    Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 11:00am–12:00pm ET, for a PIUG Community Engagement hour.  These bimonthly meetings will be informal get-togethers to network and share experiences around patent searching, databases & resources, analytics, etc. This is a great way to meet people in the patent information profession, connect with old friends & colleagues, and learn from each other.

    We will do a quick overview of what is current in our community.  We would like some feedback about the community site and about plans for 2023, including some thoughts about some fun things to try for the annual meeting.  Hope to see everyone there.

    For your convenience, you may register for the event HERE.

     Agenda:

    • 11:00am – Welcome & Recap of Recent Events
    • 11:15am - Breakouts for small group networking & discussion
    • 11:35am – Switch Breakouts for more small group networking & discussion
    • 11:55am – Final Comments & Adjourn
    • 19 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 450
    Registration is closed

    Patent Law for Searchers

    Ron Kaminecki (BIO)

    Kaminecki IP LLP

    Abstract:

    This session is aimed at the non-attorney patent professional who needs to know about some of the most important parts of US patent law. Coverage will include most of the sections of the law that deal with patent searching and will also include interpretations of case law relevant to these sections. Search requesters rely on not only the thoroughness of the search, but also the that the searcher is cognizant of both general intentions and specific nuances of patent law. Coverage will involve mostly US law, but comparisons will be made to other jurisdictions. The importance of timelines (filing and priority dates, and deadlines) will also be detailed.

    The information provided at this presentation does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is created by registering or viewing this presentation. All content is for general information purposes only. The views expressed via this presentation are those of the author and are not necessarily reflective of the Patent Information User’s Group, its officers, directors or board, staff, membership or employees.  You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter.   All liability with respect to actions taken based on the content of this presentation are expressly disclaimed; no representations are made that this content is error-free. 


      • 30 Apr 2023
      • 8:00 AM
      • 03 May 2023
      • 5:00 PM
      • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

      PIUG 2023 Annual Conference

      Sunday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 3 2023

      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 April 30: Conference Warm-up For First Time Attendees, and the Opening Reception! 
      • Monday, May 1: Food and drinks with colleagues and friends.
      • Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday May 3: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
      • Wednesday May 3: 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.

      • 07 Jun 2023
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Zoom Meeting
      Registration is closed

      Patent Information Users Group - Community Engagement Hour

      OPTIONAL - Sign Up/Registration is Available from the PIUG webpage below; This gives you the ability to add the event to your personal CALENDAR

      PIUG MONTHLY Calendar - June 7

      Zoom Link: 

      https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88931024985?pwd=REFhejNjZ0RUaHhoT1Q4VHA2WHZuZz09

      Mark your calendars and plan to join us this Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 11:00am–12:00pm ET, for a PIUG Community Engagement hour.  These bimonthly meetings will be informal get-togethers to network and share experiences around patent searching, databases & resources, analytics, etc. This is a great way to meet people in the patent information profession, connect with old friends & colleagues, and learn from each other.

      We will do a quick overview of what is current in our community.  We would like some feedback about the community site and about plans for the rest of 2023, including some thoughts about the program from the annual meeting this year.  Hope to see everyone participating.

      For your convenience, you may register for the event HERE.

       Agenda:

      • 11:00am – Welcome & Recap of Recent Events
      • 11:15am - Breakouts for small group networking & discussion
      • 11:35am – Switch Breakouts for more small group networking & discussion
      • 11:55am – Final Comments & Adjourn
      • 02 Aug 2023
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Zoom Meeting
      Registration is closed

      Patent Information Users Group - Community Engagement Hour

      OPTIONAL - Sign Up/Registration is Available from the PIUG webpage below; This gives you the ability to add the event to your personal CALENDAR

      PIUG MONTHLY Calendar - August 2

      Zoom Link: 

      https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88931024985?pwd=REFhejNjZ0RUaHhoT1Q4VHA2WHZuZz09

      Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 11:00am–12:00pm ET, for a PIUG Community Engagement hour.  These bimonthly meetings will be informal get-togethers to network and share experiences around patent searching, databases & resources, analytics, etc. This is a great way to meet people in the patent information profession, connect with old friends & colleagues, and learn from each other.

      We will do a quick overview of what is current in our community.  We would like some feedback about the community site and about plans for the rest of 2023 and the future of our organization.  Hope to see everyone participating.

      For your convenience, you may register for the event HERE.

       Agenda:

      • 11:00am – Welcome & Recap of Recent Events
      • 11:15am - Breakouts for small group networking & discussion
      • 11:35am – Switch Breakouts for more small group networking & discussion
      • 11:55am – Final Comments & Adjourn
      • 04 Oct 2023
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Zoom Meeting
      Registration is closed

      Patent Information Users Group - Community Engagement Hour

      OPTIONAL - Sign Up/Registration is Available from the PIUG webpage below; This gives you the ability to add the event to your personal CALENDAR

      PIUG MONTHLY Calendar - October 4

      Zoom Link: 

      https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88931024985?pwd=REFhejNjZ0RUaHhoT1Q4VHA2WHZuZz09

      Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 11:00am–12:00pm ET, for a PIUG Community Engagement hour.  These bimonthly meetings will be informal get-togethers to network and share experiences around patent searching, databases & resources, analytics, etc. This is a great way to meet people in the patent information profession, connect with old friends & colleagues, and learn from each other.

      We will do a quick overview of what is current in our community.  We would like some feedback about the community site and about plans for the rest of 2023 and the future of our organization.  Hope to see everyone participating.

      For your convenience, you may register for the event HERE.

       Agenda:

      • 11:00am – Welcome & Recap of Recent Events
      • 11:15am - Breakouts for small group networking & discussion
      • 11:35am – Switch Breakouts for more small group networking & discussion
      • 11:55am – Final Comments & Adjourn
      • 06 Dec 2023
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Zoom Meeting
      Registration is closed

      Patent Information Users Group - Community Engagement Hour

      OPTIONAL - Sign Up/Registration is Available from the PIUG webpage below; This gives you the ability to add the event to your personal CALENDAR

      PIUG MONTHLY Calendar - December 6

      Zoom Link: 

      https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88931024985?pwd=REFhejNjZ0RUaHhoT1Q4VHA2WHZuZz09

      Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 11:00am–12:00pm ET, for a PIUG Community Engagement hour.  These bimonthly meetings will be informal get-togethers to network and share experiences around patent searching, databases & resources, analytics, etc. This is a great way to meet people in the patent information profession, connect with old friends & colleagues, and learn from each other.

      We will do a quick overview of what is current in our community and what was accomplished in the past year.  We would like some feedback about the community site and about plans for 2024 and the future of our organization.  Hope to see everyone participating.

      For your convenience, you may register for the event HERE.

       Agenda:

      • 11:00am – Welcome & Recap of Recent Events
      • 11:15am - Breakouts for small group networking & discussion
      • 11:35am – Switch Breakouts for more small group networking & discussion
      • 11:55am – Final Comments & Adjourn
      • 03 May 2025
      • 8:00 AM
      • 08 May 2025
      • 5:00 PM
      • 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

    01 Feb 2023 Community Engagement Hour
    18 Jan 2023 The Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC)
    14 Dec 2022 Best Practices for Patent Searching - Medical Devices Information
    07 Dec 2022 Community Engagement Hour
    19 Oct 2022 Best Practices for Patent Searching - Chemical Patent Information
    29 Jun 2022 Community Engagement Hour
    10 May 2022 PIUG 2022 Annual Business Meeting
    01 May 2022 PIUG 2022 Annual Conference
    30 Mar 2022 Community Engagement Hour
    01 Mar 2022 STN Workshop: What's New in STNext
    01 Mar 2022 BizInt Workshop: What's New - Creating IP Sequence Reports with BizInt Smart Charts for Patents
    01 Mar 2022 GenomeQuest Workshop: What’s New in 2022
    01 Mar 2022 Questel Workshop
    01 Mar 2022 PIUG 2022 Biotechnology Conference
    07 Dec 2021 Community Engagement Hour
    28 Jul 2021 Community Engagement Hour
    30 Jun 2021 Community Engagement Hour
    08 Jun 2021 PIUG 2021 Annual Business Meeting
    28 May 2021 STN Patent Forum
    24 May 2021 BizInt: What's New in BizInt Smart Charts?
    24 May 2021 Clarivate: The Trifecta of Expert Curated Data: SequenceBase, Derwent Innovation & Innography
    24 May 2021 Relativity: Introducing Patent Search & Analytics from Relativity
    24 May 2021 IFI Claims: Direct Data in Tableau
    24 May 2021 Aptean: GenomeQuest Discover Analysis – Prioritization and Annotation Strategies
    24 May 2021 Minesoft: The changing face of patent software solutions, what’s next on the horizon at Minesoft?
    24 May 2021 Questel: Orbit BioSequence and the many uses of combinations
    24 May 2021 WIPO: WIPO’s global patent database PATENTSCOPE: what’s new?
    24 May 2021 EPO: Taming the dragon: how to tackle CN legal event data
    24 May 2021 Ambercite: The Importance of Alternative Search Methodologies – How Ambercite can enhance your search capabilities
    24 May 2021 PIUG 2021 Combined Annual and Biotechnology Virtual Conference
    28 Apr 2021 Community Engagement Hour
    31 Mar 2021 Community Engagement Hour
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    27 Feb 2017 Searching Biotechnological Inventions under the EPC
    27 Feb 2017 PIUG 2017 Biotechnology Conference
    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
    22 Feb 2016 PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference
    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 PIUG 2015 Annual Conference
    02 May 2015 Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists
    19 Feb 2015 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
    16 Feb 2015 PIUG 2015 Biotechnology 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
    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

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