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    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 54 sessions
    • Online
    • 97
    Registration is closed

    The Linear Law of Patent Analysis was proposed as a framework for performing patent analysis projects in 2002. It was developed to assist practitioners in understanding the importance of starting an analysis by investigating the needs of the customer for the analytics, as opposed to simply jumping in with an analysis tool. A brief overview of this concept and methodology for performing patent analytics will be discussed.

    Due to the nuances of the worldwide patent system a situation exists where a single invention might have many individual patent documents associated with it, depending on the number of countries the applicant sought protection in. The situation becomes even more complicated as patent documents are published at different stages throughout the prosecution cycle. In order to clarify the number of inventions produced compared to the number of patent documents published, the concept of a patent family was created. There are a number of different types of patent families, and methods for reducing the number of documents to represent a family. An examination of these different methods will be provided.

    Data cleanup and grouping are processes for the manual, or automatic standardization of terms or items, within a data field, to correct errors or inconsistencies, or to group synonymous entries. It is required by patent analysts in order to produce statistically relevant results. It is necessary since raw patent data is notoriously "messy" and requires cleanup or standardization to produce accurate results. Misspellings, for instance, are a common occurrence within certain fields, and require correction. There are also many terms with the same or similar meanings, within the English language, and these should be grouped together when analyzing concepts. Specific examples and tools for cleaning and standardizing patent data for generating a data table will be covered.

    Once the session is paid for, the confirmation email will be sent containing the URL and password for accessing the session to view on demand.

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 54 sessions
    • Online
    • 100
    Registration is closed

    Once a data table has been created in a workbook or a spreadsheet a number of interesting and insightful analyses can be conducted using common office software tools that most practitioners have access to. The most common of these MS Excel and the PivotTable function is one of the most powerful functions available for comparing fields, or in the case of a spreadsheet columns that represent the attributes of a patent family. This webinar will cover the basics of generating a PivotTable from a data table and using this functionality to generate statistical data from a patent collection. There will also be hands-on examples of using this statistical data to create bar and column charts, as well as line graphs and table to provide insights into a patent data set.

    Once the session is paid for, the confirmation email will be sent containing the URL and password for accessing the session to view on demand.

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 54 sessions
    • Online
    • 99
    Registration is closed

    One of the most misunderstood, but potentially most visually impactful analysis is spatial concept mapping. Senior management, and decision makers are especially interested in this type of visualization and the use of one can help an analyst quickly compare the coverage between two organizations in an area of interest. Spatial concept mapping is related to clustering, or classification, since it generally begins with one of these methods, but adds an extra component, identification of relative similarity between the categories created, to one another. The tools involved take the document clusters, or classes, and arrange them in 2-dimensional space by considering the similarity of the documents, or clusters, relative to one another, over the entire collection. Documents that share elements in common are placed closer together spatially, while ones with less similarity, are placed further away. In this webinar two different tools will be used to demonstrate methods for making maps that support the conclusions an analyst is working to demonstrate to their clients.

    Once the session is paid for, the confirmation email will be sent containing the URL and password for accessing the session to view on demand.

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 54 sessions
    • Webinar
    • 100
    Registration is closed

    Delivering reams of data and visualizations while satisfying for demonstrating the amount of effort accomplished by the analyst will not necessarily be received well by a senior manager, or technology decision maker. Once all of the component pieces have been assembled, it is time for the analyst to interpret their results and decide on the most critical insights that will be shared in the deliverables to the decision-makers, and stakeholders in the PLR project. The way these insights are organized and delivered will have a major impact on the likelihood that the recommendations of the analysts will actually be implemented by the client. This webinar will cover practical examples of how to put together and deliver the results of a patent analysis project so that the most organizationally critical items are seen by the decision maker.

    Once the session is paid for, the confirmation email will be sent containing the URL and password for accessing the session to view on demand.

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ
    • 134
    Register

    APA Hotel Woodbridge

    120 Wood Avenue South
    Iselin, NJ  08830
            

    The PIUG Northeast Regional Conference brings together experts in the areas of chemistry, biology, other sciences, engineering, and legal topics relating to patent information. It is an excellent forum to learn and share best practices regarding a specific process in searching and retrieving patent information. Vendors will be available to discuss their expertise and products. The key objective of this meeting is to provide opportunities for learning, networking and professional development.

    Conference Schedule

    • Monday, September 23 - STN Patent Forum
    • Tuesday, September 24 - Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibition
    • Wednesday, September 25 - Day for Workshops 
    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO, Madison Bldg., 600 Dulaney St., Alexandria, VA
    • 28
    Register

    A patent search to discover Freedom to Operate (FTO) or Freedom to Practice is one of the fundamental searches an Intellectual Property searcher must learn to master. FTO searches provide details on what is legally protected and can yield insight into making informed business decisions.

    Breakfast starts at 8:00 am and class starts at 8:30 AM.  All registrations include breakfast, lunch and both AM and PM breaks.

    Registrant Type Early Bird
    Jul 11 - Sep 26
    Standard
    Sep 27 - Oct 27
    Onsite
    Oct 28 - Nov 5
    PIUG Member $700 $775 $850
    PIUG Non-member $800 $875 $950


    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Name changes will be permitted until and including October 27 2019.  If cancellation is received prior to October 19, 2019, a 50% refund of the registration fee will be provided.  No refund will be provided after October 18, 2019.  All changes and/or cancellation requests must be sent in writing to Ken Koubek at registration@piug.org.

    Hotel Accommodations

    Most hotels within walking distance are around $200 per night. However the USPTO is next to the King Street Metro (subway system), so registrants are free to stay anywhere they want near a Metro or with a shuttle to the Metro. The Westin which is physically adjacent to the USPTO is the most convenient hotel. There are a lot of options in the area and any hotel in "Old Town Alexandria" will be within a 15 or 20 minute walk of the USPTO.  Expedia listings in the area for the dates of the course are here.


    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
    PIUG 2020 Annual Conference

    Saturday, April 25 - Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Caribe Royale
    8101 World Center Drive
    Orlando, Florida 32821
    +1-407-238-8000

    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 25: Possible Pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday April 26: 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, April 27: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, April 28 & Wednesday April 29: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday April 30: Possible Post-conference workshops. Because you really can’t be too much of an expert.   

    Some details, such as vendor workshops still need to be finalized. Bookmark the webpage and return often.

    • 01 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2021 Annual Conference

    Saturday, May 1 - Thursday, May 6, 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 May 1: Pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday May 2: 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 3: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday May 5: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 6: 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

08 May 2019 Leveraging CPC for Search
08 May 2019 Artificial Intelligence Basics for Patent Professionals
08 May 2019 “The wonderful world of WIPO standards”
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 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
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 PIUG 2014 Annual Conference
26 Apr 2014 IP in Africa - Shedding Light on the "Dark Continent"
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 PIUG 2013 Annual Conference
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
26 Feb 2013 PIUG 2013 Biotech Meeting
25 Oct 2012 Patent Information Fundamentals Course
22 Oct 2012 PIUG 2012 Northeast Conference
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