Saturday, May 5 - Thursday, May 10, 2018
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2018 Annual Conference to be held May 5-10, 2018 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. The theme for this 30th Annual Conference is:
"Celebrating 30 years of Patent Information: Past, Present & Future"
We are particularly interested in presentations from patent information users working in-house or as external providers, patent offices, IP firms, universities and others who are able to discuss one of the following topics, with a focus on the how the human skills involved in searching are still needed in the next generation of searching tools. We are interested in how changes since PIUG was founded 30 years ago have changed with a focus on the future, trends, predictions, or how searching may be affected by future technology:
If any of the above or related themes fall into your area of expertise then we would like to hear from you!
In addition, if you are a patent attorney, patent agent, or patent examiner and you are interested in (1) analysis of patent information or (2) you are interested in the present and future patent search systems in support of drafting, prosecution, examination, opposition or litigation matters, we invite you to consider participating in a patent counsel panel to address these topics. Please email ron @ kaminecki dot com and indicate your topic of preference.
We are also looking for the viewpoint from academia and are seeking individuals from local law schools to answer questions from our membership regarding information needs, trends or programs aimed at patent prosecution, entrepreneurship, searching, analysis or related areas.
Please send your presentation title, abstract, proposed speaker name, company name, brief biography and contact information or indication to be a panelist with bio and contact information to ron @ kaminecki dot com on or before Friday, December 15, 2017 for full consideration. Please clearly identify this email as a response to the Call for Papers.
If you think you may be interested in speaking but require management approval beforehand, please let us know so that we can begin to consider your general proposal for a paper in the meantime (submission of just a few descriptive sentences will be sufficient).
Presentations will need to be provided to the Program Committee prior to the Annual Conference for review (March 31, 2018) and feedback before being loaded into the presentation system.
The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the Internet or elsewhere, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.
If you would like to make a recommendation for a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact Ron Kaminecki (ron @ kaminecki dot com) or Stephen Adams (stephen.adams @ magister dot co dot uk) with your views.
Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the PIUG web site.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2018 Annual Conference!
Stephen Adams and Ron Kaminecki, Co-Chairs, Program Committee
Martha Yates and Ken Koubek, Co-Chairs, Planning Committee