Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals


  • 27 Apr 2016 11:18 AM | Thomas Wolff (Administrator)

    The results of the recent election of PIUG officers and directors-at-large are available in this election results document provided by our voting company, Simply Voting.

    The Nominating and Election Committee and Ken Koubek, Committee Chair, thank all of the nominees for participating in this election and congratulates the winners.

  • 11 Apr 2016 9:18 PM | Anonymous

    Hotel Poacher/Pirate Warning:  We have been notified that PIUG has been a target of hotel poachers/pirates, whereby representatives of a hotel room booking agency have been contacting PIUG exhibitors and sponsors identifying themselves as part of PIUG and offering to book rooms.  These companies are not in any way affiliated with PIUG and are not authorized to use PIUG’s name or trademarks.  PIUG does not use any third party company to handle its hotel bookings. PIUG strongly recommends that you do not book your hotel reservations with the hotel poachers/pirates and cannot guarantee that, if you book with the hotel poachers/pirates, the reservation is valid.  All hotel reservations should be booked either through PIUG’s online link to the hotel or by calling the Hilton Vancouver Washington directly at 1-360-993-4500.

    If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the PIUG annual meeting who is not a representative of PIUG, please obtain as much information as you can and contact Ken Koubek with the information, so we may take appropriate action. 

  • 29 Feb 2016 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    PIUG's Patent Searching Fundamentals Course: Early Bird Rate Extended!

    Early Bird Rates Extended to March 4, 2016 for the PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals Course

    If you have been contemplating attending this year's course in Alexandria, VA this year, this is the best time to act before rates go up.  PIUG has decided to extend the discounted rates until midnight on Friday March 4, 2016.  Register Now!

  • 17 Feb 2016 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    The deadline for submission of applications for the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award is 11 March 2016, 11:59 PM US EST. Please read the message on the linked wiki page for more information on the award and the application process. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others. If you believe your work as a patent information professional, the work of your team, or that of others has made a significant impact on your or their business, please submit an application for this important award.

    Non-winning applications submitted for 2014 and 2015 remain active. If you wish to submit additional supporting material for an existing application, please do so by the deadline.

    All new applications, as well as supporting materials for existing applications should be submitted to secretary @ (please remove spaces) by 11 March 2016, 11:59 PM US EST.

  • 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

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