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PIUG Milestones


PIUG born; organizational meeting following IFI meeting
First discussion list on Dialmail


First annual one-day business meeting
First newsletter


First Northeast meeting


Technical sessions at one-day annual meeting
Thomson Derwent hosts internet discussion list


CAS hosts PIUG website


First multi-day annual conference focusing on technical topics
PIUG Service Awards
500th subscriber to discussion list


PIUG Incorporated, leading to Board of Directors


First West Coast meeting
Membership over 400


First non-US based volunteers (Chair, Director, Webmaster)


Online credit card payments accepted (through PayPal)
Over 1400 discussion list subscribers
First annual Brian Stockdale Memorial Award recipient


Record attendance of 320 at annual conference
Individual membership exceeded 600 by year end.


Meeting planner hired for annual conference (2005)


PIUG Trademark registered in U.S.
Web pages moved to allow PIUG more flexibility (with updates/features).
Improved online credit card payments (with Merchant Accounts).
Online membership management (with 123Signup)


Implemented new discussion list with Listbox


First Boston Biotech Meeting


20th Anniversary of the PIUG
Record attendance of 400 at annual conference 
Strategic Planning Committee established
First five year strategic plan for PIUG unveiled
CEPIUG and PIUG Memorandum of Understanding signed 
PIUG Wiki implemented


PIUG Wiki Discussion Forum replaced the discussion list 
PIUG Association Manager hired, outcome of Executive Secretary Task Force 
Certification, Training, Mentoring Working Groups- formed by PIUG Education & Training Task Force (PETT)
International Certification Scheme proposed by Certification Working Group 
Patent Analytics Working Group established
Outreach and Collaboration with Patent Documentation Group (PDG) initiated 


Bylaws Amendment to Single Membership Category took effect January 1, 2010 
Partnership with WIPO on worldwide patent information training began
PIUG Fundamentals of Patent Information Course initiated
PIUG Wiki registrants surpass 1330 
Chinese subchapter is initiated

2011 PIUG receives an entry in Wikipedia
Quarterly Executive Meeting with CEPIUG established
PIUG begins partnerships with AIIP, LES, IRF and AALL
Mock Certification Exams held in conjunction with 2011 NE conference
PIUG partners with USPTO, EPO and CEPIUG to support the start of the CPC project
PIUG Newsletter goes digital
2012 First Australian elected as PIUG Chair 
First PIUG Marketing Brochure available in English and Mandarin
Improved online membership management, member directory and website platform established (with Wild Apricot)

25th Anniversary of the PIUG
PIUG receives acknowledgement from the EPO President and the USPTO Director concerning CPC implementation
First Stu Kaback Business Impact Award recipient
Quarterly Executive Meeting with PDG established
Mutual Release & Termination signed by PIUG and PIUG's association management company
PIUG Chair delivers keynote speech at the EPO Patent Information Conference
PIUG participates in WIPO's first Patentscope User Forum and USPTO's software partnership meeting


PIUG Treasurer celebrates 10 year anniversary as Treasurer
PIUG is invited and applies to become a non-governmental permanent WIPO Observer
AIIP and PIUG sign Memorandum of Understanding


PIUG is granted WIPO Observer Status
PIUG participates in WIPO’s IPC Committee of Experts meeting
PIUG Chair participates in USPTO Open Data Roundtable
PIUG hires its first employee (Administrative Coordinator)
PIUG publishes 2014 Salary Survey
USPTO-EPO CPC Annual Meeting held in conjunction with PIUG 2015 Annual Conference


PIUG participates in Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS) Legal Status Task Force (LSTF)
PIUG website becomes mobile-responsive
PIUG introduces mobile event app for 2016 Annual Conference
PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals Course offered at USPTO
PIUG FTO Fundamentals Course added to roster
PIUG invited by IPPH (SIPO) to co-develop 2016 PIUG-PIAC Asia Session (Beijing)
PIUG Chair attends USPTO Patent Quality Community Symposium


PIUG created Social Media Committee, established LinkedIn PIUG Company page
KIPO/KIPI sought suggestions for speakers, discussed PIUG participation at 2017 PATINEX Conference (Seoul)
PIUG presented at 2017 PIUG-PIAC Asia Session (Beijing)
PIUG held first member webinar on our participation in Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS) Legal Status Task Force

2018 30th anniversary
Implemented volunteer recognition program
2019 First paid webinar educational series
2020 First virtual annual conference
2021 First Virtual Combined Annual & Biotech Conference
Re-energized Education & Training Committee
Re-energized Electronic Communications Committee
New Leadership for the Partnerships & Patent Offices Committee
Implemented a Volunteer Recruitment Committee
Implemented Community Engagement Hours
Implemented an Automated Marketing Effort via Higher Logic
Consistent use of Social Media Outlets, LinkedIn, Twitter & Instagram
2022 Virtual Biotech Conference
Return to in-person Annual Conference
Advanced Patent Search Strategies (When All Else Fails) Webinar Series
Introduction of a PIUG Community & Job Board to the PIUG webpage
Introduction of a new Board of Directors

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