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PIUG 2018 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

Celebrating 30 years of Patent Information:
Past, Present & Future

Saturday, May 5 - Thursday, May 10, 2018
Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

Twitter: #PIUG18


The conference will celebrate PIUG's 30th Anniversary of existence and 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 four years that were held in Atlanta, Georgia; Vancouver, Washington; Lombard, Illinois; and Garden Grove, California. Each drew around two hundred attendees from all over the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. We expect over 250 attendees in 2018.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that attendees and speakers who are not members of PIUG will not have post-conference access to the conference presentations posted on the PIUG wiki, which is a PIUG member benefit. To enable post-conference access to PIUG conference presentations, and to also save significantly on PIUG conference registration fees, BECOME A MEMBER of PIUG by going to the PIUG Membership page.

Join us for a truly great conference to meet others with a professional interest in patent information within a block of the USPTO. This is the second year that we will be utilizing an enhanced Meeting App which we purchased from Crowd Compass. Instructions for downloading will be found HERE when available along with instructions for building your personal schedule and helpful tips. The app itself also contains instructional pages within its design. The app will be used for sending push notifications during the conference in order to keep the schedule current and notify you of important announcements from PIUG while in Alexandria and conference related announcements afterwards.

Registration Top of Page

Registration is now open. The deadline for Early-bird registration has been extended to March 23, 2018, after which rates will increase. Rates are available by clicking details under the PIUG 2018 Annual Conference on the PIUG Calendar Page.  Hotel information is available on the Travel PageNegotiated rates will end on April 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT so book now!

Keynote Speaker Top of Page

We are excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2018 Annual Conference: Joseph Matal, Formerly Performed the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Joseph Matal provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world, with over 12,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. Mr. Matal also serves as the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters.

Schedule at a Glance Top of Page





Saturday, May 5


10:30am – 3:00pm

Workshop registrants

Baseball at Nationals Park: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Sponsored by Clarivate Analytics.

3:30pm – 8:00pm


Speakers Dinner

6:30pm – 10:00pm

By invitation only

Sunday, May 6


8:00am – 5:00pm

Workshop registrants

PIUG Business Meeting

5:15pm – 6:30pm

All conference attendees

First-time Attendee Welcome & Orientation Reception

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Check out Tips for First-Time Attendees

Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall – exhibits open

7:30pm – 9:30pm

All conference attendees

Monday, May 7

Exhibit Hall open (breakfast, 7:00am – 8:00am)

7:00am – 5:00pm

Plenary sessions

8:00am – 5:00pm

PIUG Gala & Awards Dinner. Guest speaker: Thomas Beach, USPTO

6:00pm – 7:00pm (wine/beer reception hosted by EPO )

7:00pm – 10:30pm (dinner)

Tuesday, May 8

Exhibit Hall open (breakfast, 7:30am – 8:00am)

7:30am – 4:40pm

Plenary sessions

8:00am – 10:30am and 1:00pm – 5:15pm

Exhibit-only Hours

10:30am – noon

Drinks reception at the Carlyle Club hosted by Clarivate Analytics

5:30pm – 7:30pm


Networking Dinners

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Sign-up sheet at registration desk. Meal at own cost.

Wednesday, May 9

Exhibit Hall open (breakfast, 7:30am – 8:00am)

7:30am – 3:05pm

All conference attendees

Plenary sessions

8:00am – 5:00pm

Networking Dinners

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Sign-up sheet at registration desk. Meal at own cost.

Thursday, May 10


8:00am – 4:00pm

Workshop registrants

Sponsorship Opportunities Top of Page

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 Committee Top of Page

Program Co-Chairs – Ron Kaminecki, Stephen Adams and Martha Yates
Members – Kartar Arora, Andrea Davis, Dominic DeMarco, and Zhifu Shu

Planning Committee

Planning Co-Chairs – Martha Yates and Ken Koubek
Stu Kaback Business Impact Award Committee – Stephen Adams, Malcolm Hallam, Elliott Linder, Yun Yun Yang, and Martha Yates
Brian Stockdale Award Committee – Edlyn Simmons (Chair), Stephen Adams, Ken Koubek, and Tony Trippe
Evaluations – Ken Koubek
Gifts – Ken Koubek
Hospitality - TBD
First Time Attendee Welcome & Orientation – Suzanne Robins (Chair) and the Member Relations Committee
Meeting Book – Diane Webb
Photography – Sandra Unger, Jim Brown & Yuri Mozolev
Social Media – Social Media Committee
Sponsorship & Exhibits – Jane Thompson (Chair) & Ken Koubek
Travel – Ken Koubek
Webpages – Tom Wolff (Webmaster)
Workshops – Martha Yates

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