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PIUG 2008 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

20 Years of Patent Searching in a World of Emerging Technologies
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of PIUG!

Overview | Program | Conference Materials (PIUG members only) | Sponsors | Travel | Workshops

Saturday, May 17 to Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA, USA 22202
Tel: +1 (703) 418-1234

Sponsors and Exhibitors

PIUG gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors and exhibitors
who have generously provided support for this event.

Emerald Sponsors
Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

Our Scientific knowledge and information is essential for drug companies to discover new drugs and get them to market faster, for researchers to find relevant papers and know what's newly published in their subject, and for businesses to optimize their intellectual property and find competitive intelligence.

Sapphire Sponsors


Chemical Abstracts Service

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, produces the most comprehensive databases of chemical information from publicly disclosed research worldwide, including the CAS REGISTRYSM database, the world's most authoritative collection of substance information. CAS products and services such as the SciFinder® and STN® research tools make this content accessible with both easy to use and advanced search, retrieval, and analytical tools. CAS customers include chemical and pharmaceutical companies, university science departments, and government agencies around the world. CAS has been connecting scientists with the work of their colleagues for more than 100 years.



LexisNexis® offers a suite of solutions specifically designed to enhance the quality and efficiency of your patent research. The newest addition is TotalPatent™, the most comprehensive and relevant, yet easy-to-use, patent research and retrieval system available. And now it includes the world's most complete full-text source of granted patents – including searchable PDFs – issued by the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, from 1982 to current.



For over 30 years, Questel has been helping manage the world's most important IP portfolios. We offer a suite of leading-edge patent, trademark and design services to executives, researchers, and competitive intelligence professionals, and help turn their IP information into real value and enhance their organizations' competitiveness. Known for having one of the most comprehensive collection of databases, we also provide a wide array of tools for searching, analyzing, visualizing, evaluating, sharing results, and ordering.


Amethyst Sponsors


BizInt Solutions

Our BizInt Smart Charts software helps you create, customize, and distribute tabular reports from patent and drug pipeline databases. With BizInt Smart Charts for Patents you can create reports from patent and literature databases on STN, Dialog*Orbit, Questel, MicroPatent, Delphion, PatBase, Integrity, IDdb, and GenomeQuest; and distribute HTML reports with automatically generated links to full patents.


FIZ Karlsruhe

FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc., is the US-based subsidiary of Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe, Gesellschaft für wissenschaftlich-technische Information mbH (FIZ Karlsruhe GmbH). Its primary purpose is to offer our US customers technical support and training in databases on STN International that are hosted by FIZ Karlsruhe GmbH. Most of these are patent databases like the Derwent World Patents Index® and INPADOC, biosequence databases like USGENE® and GENESEQ™ (DGENE), technical databases like INSPEC and COMPENDEX, and chemical databases like BEILSTEIN.


Patents Online, LLC

SumoBrain is a new professional patent searching solution from the creators of Powerful searching capabilities allow searching on all the world's major patent collections, while workflow tools such as alerts, portfolios, document commenting, document sharing, and document delivery solutions are also available. SumoBrain also offers custom data solutions and analytics for those clients that need to integrate patent data into their own datacenters and in-house solutions. Look for more developments from SumoBrain in the coming months, including additional data collections, advanced semantic searching, additional workflow and analytical tools, data visualization, and more.



GenomeQuest, Inc. is the leading genomic information company providing applications and services to manage and mine the world's sequence data. The company's flagship product, GenomeQuest™, is a web-based sequence information platform that enables sequence information specialists to exploit genomic information resources including next-generation sequencing tools and worldwide biological sequence reference databases. GenomeQuest's customers leverage high-speed algorithms and sophisticated analysis and reporting tools to transform data into functional knowledge, on-demand. GenomeQuest delivers genomic data access, management, and utility to over 140 leading life science companies and IP law firms, worldwide.



Innography enables companies to quickly extract valuable insights for leveraging, optimizing and managing their patent portfolios. Through a unique correlation, visualization and collaboration process, Innography streamlines manual IP-related tasks by giving instant access to reliable and vital data that drives measurable and meaningful results.


McElroy Translation

McElroy Translation provides translation and localization services in all languages to business and government clientele enhancing their ability to compete in global markets.


Minesoft, Ltd.

Minesoft creates and provides products and solutions for the patent information sector, including PatBase, a US and international searchable full-text and bibliographic database, PatentArchive, Patent Tracker, and PatentOrder, providing linked archives, legal and competitor tracking & alerting services & patent document delivery by Internet and for Intranets. Minesoft serves leading corporations, Patent Offices and patent attorney firms worldwide.


Search Technology/Vantage Point

Search Technology's VantagePoint text mining software helps Patent Analysts, Competitive Technical Intelligence Professionals, and Technology Managers find relationships and identify patterns within search results from patent, scientific, technical, and business databases. Our expanding on-line library now has 140 Import Filters for more than 50 databases from 15 data providers. VantagePoint can help you analyze the breadth of data sources you need. Import, clean, and analyze your data; automate your analytical and reporting process; and distribute your results using the VP Reader. Come see what's new in VantagePoint v6.


Technology & Patent Research International, Inc

Technology & Patent Research (TPR) International, Inc. is a full service search firm specializing in researching worldwide patent and non-patent information sources for all areas of technology. TPR International offers a variety of services, including analysis of worldwide patent and non-patent literature for state-of-the-art searches through to infringement and validity studies conducted via online databases and/or via manual searching conducted at patent offices and libraries in Europe, the U.S. and Japan.



An international provider of professional IPR services, focusing on novelty searches, infringement analysis, invalidation searches, monitoring services, IP-mapping and freedom to operate analysis. All the staff has prior national patent office examiner status with international PCT examination experience.





Computer Patent Annuities (CPA)

Intellevate, a subsidiary of Computer Patent Annuities Ltd., provides outsourced processes, both onshore and offshore, that help streamline the IP management process. Our employees become an extension of your team, making your organization more efficient and accessible than ever before. Services include: Docketing, Illustration, Prior Art Searching, Patent Paralegal Services, Patent Proofreading and Trademark Paralegal Services.


East Linden

East linden is a high-tech company specializing in value-added patent information service. We are committed to construct deep-processed, powerful search platforms and provide on stop value-added patent information service to our global clients. According to our high quality service, rich experience and a persistent Customer Oriented Integrated Marketing Strategy, we have made a significant progress in market development and achieved a good reputation among our customers worldwide.

Our Products & Services:

  • World Traditional Medicine Patent Database
  • Chinese Patent Database
  • Semantic Search Engine
  • Machine Translation & Manual Translation
  • Patent Search Service


IFI Patent Intelligence

For more than 50 years IFI Patent Intelligence has been at the forefront of the patent industry, providing clients with trusted tools to access U.S. patents. IFI has introduced and continues to develop a wide variety of proprietary systems that make the patent search process faster, more productive, and more cost-effective. IFI covers all types of chemistry as well as polymers and Markush structures in addition to mechanical and electrical patents. Today, the database known as CLAIMS® represents the most reliable, text-searchable, computerized collection of U.S. patents in the world.



INTELLIXIR develops INTELLIXIR System, a Web application for technologic, scientific and competitive intelligence purposes dedicated to organizations eager to transform the cost of structured information into a high valuable decision. Studies on patentability, detection of emerging trends, identification of major players, the search for partners, or the development of periodic indicators are the main applications offered by the INTELLIXIR System.



Landon IP conducts professional patent and trademark searches. We analyze patents and scientific articles, conduct technical intelligence, and consult to corporations and law firms worldwide. Our information group sells patents, file histories, and other documents on paper, on CD ROM, and on the Web.


RWS Group

RWS Group provides specialist intellectual property search, translation and filing services. Its Information Division offers patent, design, trademark and non-patent literature searches; patent watches, filewrappers/inspections and status reports. PatBase - a professional patent database (developed in partnership with Minesoft Limited) is available on an annual subscription basis. RWS Translation Division is the world's leading patent translation specialist, including translations for information purposes, and a full European, Chinese and Japanese national validation service. The Group has offices in China, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A. and employs around 350 staff.


Sapio Systems

Sapio Systems' web-based ScioSphere optimizes the intellectual property research, search and analysis process with a unique online workflow and key word reference database that enables: patent analysts to increase the quality and breadth of IP searches thus reducing risk exposure/improving return on research investment to quickly obtain knowledge and prior art from all available heterogeneous sources, proven to reduce analysis time by 80%.



Scipat Benelux is a Dutch based company, specializing in offering solutions for the Intellectual Property information market. The most recent addition in the service offering from Scipat is an on-demand rapid Chinese-to-English Translation Service. With the growing increase in Chinese publications, and the limitations in access to this information, Scipat is offering a solution to gain quick insight in all Chinese publications. Using only human translation, Scipat offers 48 hour (business day) translation turnaround for any Chinese invention, patent or utility model. The standard translation offers all front page information and all claims at a fixed price of US $95 per document. Additionally, Scipat will be demonstrating it's new IPC based alerting service for human translated Chinese publications.


Trilateral Co-operation – EPO, JPO, USPTO

The Trilateral Co-operation was set up in 1983 between the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Through harmonisation and development of industrial property administration and protection of industrial property rights, the Trilateral Offices strive to contribute to an increasingly efficient worldwide patent system in the 21st century. The majority of all patent applications filed worldwide, including PCT applications, are processed by the Trilateral Offices. Please visit our exhibit booth to learn more about what the Trilateral Offices are doing to improve the dissemination and use of Intellectual Property information globally.



The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO was established in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States (184 as of today) to promote the protection of Intellectual Property throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations.


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