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The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

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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 from 2015 - 2019 were held in Alexandria, VA, Atlanta, Georgia; Vancouver, Washington; and Lombard, Illinois. 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. In 2020 and 2021, the conferences had to be held as totally virtual due to the impact of COVID-19. Those conferences again had participants from all over with attendance numbering around 200 each.

Join us for a truly great conference to meet others with a professional interest in patent information within a block of the USPTO.  We will be utilizing a new enhanced Meeting App which we purchased from Socio Labs, Inc. Instructions for downloading will be found on a separate Meeting App page 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.

The in-person plenary sessions at the Westin Alexandria run from Monday, May 2 to Wednesday, May 4, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference.  Tuesday, May 10th will be our Annual Business Meeting which will be open to all registrants and PIUG Members. The virtual component of the program will begin again on Wednesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 12. 

    • Sunday, May 1:  Welcome Reception
    • Monday, May 2:  Workshops & Plenary Sessions
    • Tuesday, May 3:  Workshops & Plenary Sessions
    • Wednesday, May 4:  STN Patent Forum
    • Tuesday, May 10: Business Meeting 
    • Wednesday, May 11: Virtual Workshops & Plenary Sessions
    • Thursday, May 12: Virtual Workshops & Plenary Sessions

    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 – Shelley Pavlek and Martha Yates
    Members – Brad Buehler, Dominic DeMarco, Jane List, Kim Miller, Lucy Antunes, Yateen Pargaonkar

    Planning Committee

    Planning Co-Chairs:  Shelley Pavlek & Ken Koubek
    Members:  Malcolm Hallam, Ron Kaminecki, Kim Miller, Victoria Smith, Jane Thompson, Martha Yates
    Stu Kaback Business Impact Award Committee:  
    Kim Miller (Chair), Malcolm Hallam, Tony Trippe, Martha Yates

    Brian Stockdale Award Committee:  Tony Trippe (Chair), Andrea Davis, Dominic DeMarco, Ken Koubek

    Evaluations:  Shelley Pavlek
    Gifts:  Ken Koubek
    Meeting Book:  Diane Webb
    Sponsorship & Exhibits:  Jane Thompson (Chair) & Ken Koubek
    Webpages:  Rick Williams
    Workshops:  Martha Yates

    Believe it or not, the world of patent professionals is far wider than you imagine!

    From patent information researchers to licensing professionals, patent attorneys to commercialization managers, there is only one patent information professional association that gives you access to this growing community. Worldwide since 1988.

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    PIUG - Patent Information User Group, Inc.

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    Phone: +1 (302) 660-3275   
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