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PIUG 2013 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

Celebrating our Past 25 Years... Preparing for Our Future:
Best Practices for Keeping Up with the Rapidly Changing Patent Landscape

Overview | Program | Full Printable Agenda | Conference Materials (PIUG members only)
Sponsors/Exhibitors | Travel | Workshops | Stu Kaback Award | Brian Stockdale Award

Saturday, April 27 – Thursday May 2, 2013
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA  22311


The conference will feature world-renowned experts on patent information for technology research and planning, for legal organizations, and for overall corporate IP management (technology licensing and related activities). The conference will include many opportunities for discussion and part of Tuesday afternoon will be dedicated to visiting the exhibit hall. Many workshops will also be held in conjunction with this meeting (before, during and after the technical sessions).

Attendees typically have a professional, scientific, or technical interest in patents and represent a multitude of companies. Previous meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado, drew enthusiastic groups of over 250 and 280 people, respectively, to the three-day technical sessions. Nearly one-fifth of the attendees were international; that is, attendees came from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, the Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. We expect about 400 attendees in 2013.

Join us for a great conference near the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

Agenda of Conference Events

Saturday, April 27
Workshops - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Speakers Dinner (by invitation only) - 6:30 pm - 10 pm

Sunday, April 28
Workshops - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
PIUG Business Meeting - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
First Time Attendee Welcome and Orientation - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception For All Attendees - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Monday, April 29
Plenary Sessions - ~8:30 am - 5:00 pm (lunch to be served)
Cash Bar before Dinner - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Drink tickets left from Sunday will be honored)
PIUG 25th Anniversary Gala and Awards Dinner - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tuesday, April 30
Plenary Sessions - ~8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Round Table Meetings for PIUG Committees - during lunch that will be served
Plenary Sessions - ~1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Extended Exhibit Hall Time - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
IFFI Play and Ice Cream Social - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wednesday, May 1
Plenary Sessions - ~8:30 am - 5:00 pm (lunch to be served)

Thursday, May 2
Workshops - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Ms Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO will present the keynote address at the conference.

Ms. Teresa Stanek Rea oversees an office that encourages innovation and technological advancement, and helps businesses protect their investments, promote their goods and safeguard against deception in the marketplace.

Ms. Rea joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Director. She is a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property with more than 25 years of legal experience and a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).





Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Rea was a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP's Washington, D.C., office where she focused on intellectual property and dispute resolution related to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life science issues. Rea has experience in drafting infringement and validity opinions, as well as experience in interference and licensing matters. Ms. Rea also worked for Ethyl Corporation from 1980 through to 1984 and for patent boutique firm Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis in Alexandria, Virginia.

Ms. Rea is a member of many technical and legal associations and has been a frequent lecturer and publisher on patent topics including biotechnology, nanotechnology, licensing, technology transfer, patent practice, export control and interferences. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan.

Sponsorship Opportunities

PIUG welcomes new and returning sponsors to join us for networking and showcasing your products or services to our international audience of patent information users. Please our summary of Sponsorship Opportunities.

PIUG gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all our sponsors and exhibitors
including the Emerald sponsors.

Program Committee

Program Co-Chairs – Andrea Davis & Ron Kaminecki

Planning Committee

Planning Co-Chairs – Susanne Hantos & Jim Brown
Brian Stockdale Award Committee – Edlyn Simmons (Chair), Stephen Adams, Ken Koubek, Tony Trippe
Stu Kaback Business Impact Award Committee – Tony Trippe, Stephen Adams, Ken Koubek, Sandra Unger and Susanne Hantos
Evaluations – Zhifu Shu, Jim Brown
Gifts- Ken Koubek
Hospitality/First Time Attendee Welcome & Orientation- Suzanne Robins (Chair) and the Member Relations Committee
Meeting Book – Diane Webb, Alison Taylor
Photography – Sandra Unger, Yuri Mozolev
Presentations Logistics Coordinator – A.J. D'Ambra
Registration Liaison – Ken Koubek
Signage- Zhifu Shu
Sponsorship & Exhibits – Jane Thompson (Chair), Denise Fobare-Deponio, Cynthia Barcelon-Yang
Webpages – Tom Wolff (Webmaster)
Workshops – Martha Yates

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