The conference will feature world-renowned experts on patent information for technology research and planning, for legal organizations, for patent offices and for overall corporate IP management (technology licensing and related activities). The conference will include many opportunities for discussion and part of the activities on the Tuesday of the conference will be dedicated to visiting the exhibit hall to learn about the new patent information tools and developments within the industry. Many professionally enriching workshops will also be held in conjunction with this conference (before, during and after the technical sessions).
Attendees typically have a professional, scientific, economic or technical interest in patents and represent a multitude of organizations including corporations, universities, government agencies, non-government organizations and non-profit organizations. Previous conferences over the last three years that were held in Denver, Colorado; Alexandria, Virginia; and Garden Grove, California drew several hundred attendees from all over the world including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. We expect over 300 attendees in 2015.
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Join us for a truly great conference to meet others with a professional interest in patent information in the Lilac Village, Lombard, Illinois in the western Chicago suburbs!
Pre-Conference CPC Event: The USPTO-EPO CPC Annual Meeting with Industry Users will be held on Friday 1 May at the PIUG Annual Conference hotel, the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Click here to learn more about this free event.
Conference Program at a Glance
Join us for our distinguished keynote speaker, Raymond P. Niro, senior partner at Niro, Haller & Niro, who will speak on "Patent Trolls – The Myth and Reality.”
Raymond Niro is a nationally recognized trial attorney specializing in the enforcement of intellectual property rights. In 2013, he was named one of the 50 most influential lawyers in the world by The American Lawyer. In 1997, he was named by The National Law Journal as one of the top ten trial attorneys in the U.S. and, in 1999, one of the ten "heavy hitter" litigators in Illinois. Since 1996, he has won verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1 billion. In 2006, he tried 6% of all the patent cases that went to verdict and, in the first six months of 2007, recovered the 11th, 15th and 35th highest verdicts in that time, each resulting in a finding of willful infringement, an injunction and cumulative damages of more than $100 million. In May 2012, he won the 7th highest verdict in 2012: $124 million in a breach of an NDA lawsuit. In September 2012, he won another multi-million verdict, his tenth consecutive. He frequently represents inventors and small companies. As a consequence of a lawsuit one of his clients brought against Intel, the term "patent troll" was coined. Sandberg, B., The Recorder, "Trolling for Dollars", July 30, 2001.
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 see the summary of Sponsorship Opportunities.
PIUG gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all our sponsors and exhibitors.
Program Co-Chairs – Ron Kaminecki and Zhifu Shu
Planning Co-Chairs – Elliott Linder and Stephen Adams