Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals


  • 17 Feb 2016 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    PIUG 2016 Annual Conference
    May 21-26, 2016
    Hilton Vancouver Washington
    Vancouver, WA 98660

    The deadline for the early bird registration is April 1, 2016.
    To register online, click here.

    Be sure to check out the conference overview and preliminary program for more information.

  • 28 Jan 2016 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    PIUG 2016 Patent Searching Fundamentals

    PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals provides a fast-paced interactive learning environment that builds a strong foundation for searching patent information. Discover patent searching tips from a faculty of long-time PIUG members with decades of patent information experience. Learn the basics of patent law, patent information resources, searching techniques, patent analysis/visualization, and tips for searching biotech, chemical, and engineering content.

    Key topics covered:

    ·         Why search patents?
    ·         US patent law
    ·         International patent law
             Patent Information resources (free and fee-based)
             Searching techniques and approaches
             Tips for biotech information
             Tips for chemical information
             Tips for engineering information
             Technical intelligence and patent analysis
             Reporting search results
             Keeping up to date with patent resources

    The PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals course is being offered March 30-31, 2016 at the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters in Alexandria, VA

    Find more information and register for the course HERE

    What they’re saying about PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals...

    “Good guidance on effective search strategy”
    - Lynn N

    “Helped me expand my current skills by identifying holes in my current strategies, ideas for new improved ways of working, efficiency tips, resources, etc, beyond a true basics class”
    - Melissa N

    “Great search tips; better informed regarding patent basics”
    - Luci B.

    “Gives me greater confidence and expertise, widens my professional network. John and Dominic are both effective presenters who are clearly knowledgeable. They are careful to remain neutral RE their own business. Both are approachable and easy to speak with, humble, and willing to share their knowledge. “
    - Jim S

  • 08 Dec 2015 12:49 PM | Thomas Wolff (Administrator)

    Jeannette L.A. Fiala published a report summarizing the conference: PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference, South San Francisco, February 2015World Patent Information, 42, 38-39 (2015). Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. This paper is available to all.

  • 19 Nov 2015 9:09 AM | Thomas Wolff (Administrator)

    Call for Papers

    PIUG 2016 Annual Conference
    An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

    Patent Information: Our Continuing Quest for Quality

    Saturday, May 21 - Thursday, May 26, 2016
    Hilton Vancouver Washington
    301 W. 6th Street
    Vancouver, WA, USA 98660

  • 05 Nov 2015 8:07 AM | Thomas Wolff (Administrator)

    PIUG MEMBERSHIP DRIVE! Join PIUG now at the 2015 rate, and immediately enjoy member benefits through the end of 2016!

  • 30 Sep 2015 2:49 PM | Deleted user

    If you perform Freedom to Operate (FTO) research, don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your conceptual understanding of FTO, and your skills, by attending this one-day course offered by the Patent Information Users Group.

    Freedom to Operate Fundamentals is taught by highly experienced PIUG members with many years of searching and training experience. The course will build understanding of the fundamental concepts of FTO, and develop general techniques based on current patent law into focused strategies for performing FTO searches in the engineering, chemical, and biotech areas. It will demonstrate best practices for searching in each area and case studies of complete searches.

    Discover additional approaches that will help you be more effective by saving time and providing more accurate results. Learn how to utilize freely accessible resources for searching claimed content and to determine what is legally in-force, including INPADOC, national patent office registers, and vendor offerings. This lecture-based course will include slide presentations, live examples of focused searches, and a printed handout.

    Freedom to Operate Fundamentals is being offered on November 12th, 2015, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.

    Whether you are new to performing FTO searches or more experienced, this course will provide techniques to take your FTO research skills to the next level, and help advance your career.

    More information about the course and how to register can be found on the PIUG web site

  • 30 Sep 2015 8:10 AM | Deleted user

    PIUG members are now able to view the complete European IP Searcher Salary Survey Report  posted by the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) on their website. 

    Many thanks to Linus Wretblad and his Board for sharing the report with our members. 

  • 27 Aug 2015 9:53 AM | Deleted user

    The PIUG Biotechnology Conference Committee has placed a call for papers for their tenth annual conference with the theme "Preparing Your Comprehensive Biotech Search: What Experts Do Differently."  The conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. It will be held February 22-24, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Boston at Logan Airport.

    The program committee is interested in presentations that

    • Show how scientific resources help biotech patent searchers develop and maintain their scientific knowledge for pre-search strategy creation
    • Illustrate how work product supports or is a component of business decisions
    • Use of patent information as competitive intelligence resource
    • Utilize quality value-adds such as visualizations of data, presentation or organization of the reports and use of patents as competitive intelligence
    • Discuss a specific search scenario with strategy, databases used and results identified

    All topics related to biotechnology patent information research will be considered.

    Interested speakers should submit: speaker name, brief biography, contact information, presentation title and a 100-200 word abstract to: and by September 30, 2015.

    If you are interested in submitting a paper but need extra time to obtain your management approval, please let us know by the Sep. 30, 2015 deadline.

    Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the upcoming PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference web page.

  • 21 Aug 2015 8:44 AM | Deleted user

    The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) Conference Committee is seeking proposals from PIUG Members who wish to share their expertise at AIIP’s 30th Annual Conference. AIIP is a sister organization to PIUG. The Annual Conference theme is "Partnering for Success." It will be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    The AIIP Annual Conference is the premier event for info-centric, entrepreneurial, independent professionals and attracts an international audience. Attendees come to the conference to hone their technical and research skills, get tips on running a business, and make business connections.

    Topics contributing to the 2016 theme include:

    ·        Partnering with colleagues for professional development

    ·        Partnering with subcontractors to staff projects or expand expertise

    ·        Partnering with industry vendors to create or test new products

    ·        Partnering with clients to offer joint services or products.

    See more about the detailed requirements on how to submit a proposal at for all submissions is September 15, 2015. 

    Contact: for more information. 

  • 30 Jul 2015 10:21 AM | Deleted user

    Early Bird Registration is now open for the PIUG 2015 Northeast Conference which will be held October 12-14 at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick NJ. 

    Register before September 11, 2015 to obtain the best rate! 

    Also, remember to book your hotel room before  September 20, 2015 to obtain the conference rate of $179/night. 

    Be sure to check out the conference overview and preliminary program on the PIUG web site for more information. 
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