Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals


  • 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. 
  • 18 Jun 2015 10:03 AM | Deleted user

    PIUG 2015 Annual Conference Plenary and Business Meeting presentations are now available for viewing and downloading in the members-only section of the PIUG wiki.

    These presentation files may not be shared with non-members. PIUG is an organization of individuals and not companies, so sharing presentation files with colleagues who are not PIUG members is against PIUG policy. 

    We welcome new members and renewals via the PIUG Membership Benefits page. 

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s meeting such a success!

  • 12 Jun 2015 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the PIUG 2015 Northeast Conference.  The conference will be October 12-14, 2015 at the Heldrich hotel in New Brunswick, NJ.

    Please submit your title and abstract along with proposed speaker name, company name, brief biography and full contact information to by July 3, 2015.

    Topics of interest include:

    • Search and/or analysis techniques, tips and tricks
    • Case studies concerning patentability, FTO or (in)validity
    • Patent analysis
    • Current case law (for attorneys; e.g. Myriad, Teva, Abbvie)

    If you have an idea for a topic not listed, please do not hesitate to submit! 

    We look forward to seeing you in October!!

    The PIUG 2015 Northeast Conference Program Committee:

    • Kimberly Miller
    • Jennifer Sexton
    • Shelley Pavlek (Workshops)

  • 18 Mar 2015 9:25 AM | Deleted user

    PIUG is honored to announce that the USPTO-EPO CPC Annual Meeting with Industry Users will be held just prior to this year’s PIUG 2015 Annual Conference! We considered this quite an honor for PIUG, a wonderful opportunity for PIUG Conference attendees.

    The CPC Annual Meeting will be held on Friday 1 May at the PIUG Annual Conference hotel, the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Please find attached the signed invitation letter from the USPTO Commissioner for Patents and a draft agenda for the meeting.

    The CPC Annual Meeting and the PIUG Annual Conference are independent events; attendance at one is not a prerequisite for attendance at the other.

    The CPC workshop is still scheduled for Thursday, May 7th at the PIUG Annual Conference.

    There is no cost to attend CPC Annual Meeting, but attendees must register in advance by sending an email to directly to Christopher Kim ( Questions regarding the CPC Annual Meeting should also be addressed to Chris.

    We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend both the CPC Annual Meeting and the PIUG Annual Conference.


    PIUG: Elliott Lindner (

    Christopher Kim (

  • 02 Mar 2015 2:06 PM | Deleted user

    Don't miss the opportunity to register early for significant savings on two special workshops that will be held on Saturday May 2nd at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. 

    Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists  

    This workshop will explain the fundamentals of patent law, the meaning of terminology used in patent databases and the significance of patent laws to searching and reporting patent information. This is the underlying framework that usually "goes without saying" when patent searchers are trained.

    Topics will include the conditions for patentability, ownership and assignment of patent rights, priority and the Paris Convention, patenting procedures, patent families, and variability among the patent laws of the United States and other patenting authorities, and will include recent changes that may affect patent searches.

    Presenter: Edlyn Simmons, Simmons Patent Information Service, LLC (

    Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8:00am – noon  

    Register now for Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists

    Patent Documentation from South America: Procedures, Sources and Uses

    The workshop will provide a review of the patent information resources relating to the 12 sovereign states of the South American continent (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela) and the dependent territory of French Guiana.

    It will consider national and regional activities in relation to IP policy, particularly the role of the Andean Community and MERCOSUR trading blocs, specific aspects of national law and procedure which differ markedly from more familiar regimes, and the publications arising from each country and their inclusion in bibliographic and legal status databases.

    Presenter: Stephen Adams, Managing Director, Magister Ltd. (

    Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

    Register now for Patent Documentation from South America: Procedures, Sources and Uses

  • 09 Feb 2015 9:54 AM | Deleted user

    A new Patent Searching Fundamentals Course is being offered February 19-20, 2015 immediately following the PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference at Genentech in South San Francisco.

    The course will provide a fast-paced and 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 and visualization, and practical tips for searching biotech, chemical, and engineering content. Find more information and register for the course.

    Targeted to both new patent searchers and experienced searchers wanting to elevate their skills, the completely revised course will include significantly more practical and interactive material this year.  Bring your problems and hard questions to try and stump the instructors. No topic will be off limits!

    Key topics include:

    • Why search patents?
    • US patent law
    • International patent law
    • Patent Information resources (free and fee-based)
    • Asian data sources
    • Searching techniques
    • Searching legal status
    • Practical tips for biotech information
    • Practical tips for chemical information
    • Practical tips for engineering information
    • Technical intelligence and patent mapping
    • Reporting search results
    • Keeping up to date with patent resources

    Registration or attendance at the Biotech Conference is not required to attend the Patent Searching Fundamentals course


    • John Zabilski (jzabilski at
    • Dominic DeMarco (demarco at

  • 09 Feb 2015 9:43 AM | Deleted user

    The PUIG 2015 Annual Conference will be held May 2-7, 2015 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. This year’s theme is “From Search Strategy to Business Strategy: Domestic and International Practices, Styles, and Viewpoints.”  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. The keynote address will be delivered by Raymond P. Niro, a recognized trial attorney specializing in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and senior partner at Niro, Haller and Niro.

    Many professionally enriching workshops will also be held in conjunction with the conference. See the PIUG web site for more detailed information.

    Don’t forget to register  by March 6, 2015 for significant savings.

    Also be sure to reserve your hotel room directly with Westin Lombard Yorktown Center prior by April 13, 2015 in order to guarantee the room prices negotiated by PIUG for this conference.


    Ron Kaminecki and Zhifu Shu, Co-Chairs - Program Committee
    Elliott Linder and Stephen Adams, Co-Chairs - Planning Committee


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