Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

PIUG Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 31 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Genentech - Bldg 82, 651 Gateway Blvd., Conf. rm. 14E, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    • 22
    Register

    2017 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching

    The PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching provides a fast-paced interactive learning environment that builds a strong foundation for searching patent information. Discover patent searching tips from a faculty of long-time PIUG members with decades of patent information experience. Learn the basics of patent law, patent information resources, and searching techniques.

    Key topics covered:
    ·     Why search patents?
    ·     US patent law
    ·     International patent law
    ·
         Patent Information resources (free and fee-based)
    ·
         Searching techniques and approaches
    ·
         Reporting search results
    ·
         Keeping up to date with patent resources

    Breakfast starts at 8:30 am and class starts at 9:00 AM.  All registrations include breakfast, lunch and both AM and PM breaks.

    Registrant Type Early Bird
    Jun 19 - Sep 29
    Standard
    Sep 30 - Oct 22
    Onsite
    After Oct 22
    PIUG Member $700 $775 $850
    PIUG Non-member $800 $875 $950
    PIUG Member (Both Courses) $1100  $1225  $1340 
    PIUG Non-member (Both Courses) $1250  $1375  $1500 

    If you will be attending both courses, DO NOT fill out registration for the FTO Course - Just indicate you will attend both courses in the registration form for the Intro Course.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Name changes will be permitted until and including Oct. 27, 2017.  If cancellation is received prior to October 14, 2017, a 50% refund of the registration fee will be provided.  No refund will be provided after October 13, 2017.  All changes and/or cancellation requests must be sent in writing to Ken Koubek at registration@piug.org .

    Hotel Accommodations

    Embassy Suites is about one block from the Genentech Facility. 

    A special rate is being offered to PIUG course participants for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Information regarding reservations can be found at the bottom of the following  page.


    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Genentech, South San Francisco, CA
    • 19
    Register

    PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals

    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.

    Freedom to Operate Fundamentals is taught by highly experienced PIUG members with many years of searching and training experience. The course will build understanding of the fundamental concepts of FTO, and develop general techniques based on current patent law into focused strategies for performing FTO searches in the engineering, chemical, and biotech areas. It will demonstrate best practices for searching in each area and case studies of complete searches.

    Discover additional approaches that will help you be more effective by saving time and providing more accurate results. Learn how to utilize freely accessible resources for searching claimed content and to determine what is legally in-force, including INPADOC, national patent office registers, and vendor offerings. This lecture-based course will include slide presentations, live examples of focused searches, and a printed handout.

    Whether you are new to performing FTO searches or more experienced, this course will provide techniques to take your FTO research skills to the next level, and help advance your career

    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
    Jun 19 - Sep 29
    Standard
    Sep 30 - Oct 22
    Onsite
    After Oct 22
    PIUG Member $700 $775 $850
    PIUG Non-member $800 $875 $950

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Name changes will be permitted until and including Oct. 27, 2017.  If cancellation is received prior to October 14, 2017, a 50% refund of the registration fee will be provided.  No refund will be provided after October 13, 2017.  All changes and/or cancellation requests must be sent in writing to Ken Koubek at registration@piug.org .

    Hotel Accommodations

    Embassy Suites is about one block from the Genentech Facility. 

    A special rate is being offered to PIUG course participants for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Information regarding reservations can be found at the bottom of the following  page.


    • 20 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, Cambridge, MA
    • 100

    PIUG 2018 Biotechnology Conference

    Tuesday, February 20, through Wednesday, February 21

    Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

    25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
    Cambridge, MA  02141

    Now in its twelfth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. The theme has not been set as yet.

    Conference Schedule

    • Tuesday, February 20 - Workshops  
    • Wednesday, February 21:- Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibition  
    • 05 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 10 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
    PIUG 2018 Annual Conference

    Saturday, May 5 - Thursday, May 10, 2018
    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 5: Pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday May 6: 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 7: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 8 & Wednesday May 9: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 10: 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.

    • 04 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 09 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
    PIUG 2019 Annual Conference

    Saturday, May 4 - Thursday, May 9, 2019
    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 4: Pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday May 5: 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 6: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 7 & Wednesday May 8: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 9: 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

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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