Patent Information Users Group, Inc.

The International Society for Patent Information Professionals


  • 05 Aug 2013 8:49 AM | Deleted user

    The PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference titled: “Staying on the Cutting Edge of Biotechnology Patent Searching” will be held on February 24-26, 2014 at Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge MA.

       Monday and Wednesday, February 24 and 26:  Workshop

    -   Tuesday, February 25:  Plenary session

    The PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. 

    See the PIUG Discussion Forum for updates and more detailed information on topics and guidelines for submission of proposals and suggestions to the PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Program, Planning and Workshop Committees.

    The deadline for abstract submissions is:  September 13, 2013

    The PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Program Committee:

        Co-Chairs: Helen Oen and Alison Taylor

        Members: Qin Meng, Barbara Miller, Bo Peng, Greg Roland and Kim Spytek

    PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Planning Committee:

        Co-Chairs: Qin Meng and Monica Weiss-Nolen

    PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Workshop:

        Chair:  Elyse Turner

  • 23 Jul 2013 2:27 PM | Deleted user

    The PIUG Northeast Conference will be held Monday, September 30 to Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    The conference brings together experts in the areas of chemistry, biology, other sciences, engineering, and legal topics relating to patent information. It is an excellent forum to learn and share best practices regarding a specific process in searching and retrieving patent information. Vendors will be available to discuss their expertise and products. The key objective of this meeting is to provide opportunities for learning, networking and professional development.

    See the conference overview on the PIUG website for detailed information including: location, schedule, registration and exhibits. 

  • 05 Jul 2013 9:49 AM | Deleted user
    The Spring 2013 PIUG Newsletteris now available to members in the newsletter archives section.

    Thank you to Martha Yates and everyone who contributed to the effort.

  • 12 Jun 2013 1:10 PM | Deleted user

    The PIUG-NE Conference Committee is pleased to announce the call for papers and the call for the roundtable discussion topics for the PIUG Northeast 2013 Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 1 at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

    Please email an abstract with your idea(s) as soon as possible and by June 21, 2013 to Lucy Akers (lucy.akers @

    Papers from all sectors of the patent information community are encouraged including but not limited to, corporations, patent offices, law firms, universities and other affiliates, on the following topics:

    • Best practices in patent searching, reporting and analyzing. We want to hear from patent information professionals who are willing to share their best practices for searching, reporting and analysis of patent information. Independent patent information contractors and consultants with previous experience at multiple companies are especially encouraged to participate in this area. Talks on Markush structure searching, mechanical engineering and medical devices are of specific interest.
    • 'Real life' examples of how patent research and analysis has been successfully applied to obtain useful information for traditional needs such as to support and answer legal and/or technical questions. Talks about either data/text mining and/or data visualization are particularly encouraged. 
    • Specific techniques to ensure success, including but not limited to, the customer reference interview, knowledge sharing with colleagues, key research and analysis tools to use in various technology areas, following-up with customers, identifying and reporting key value drivers to management. Corporate patent analysts, patent information managers or independent consultants are especially encouraged to submit papers in this area.
    • Sample reports in various technology areas, e.g., suggestions and details for what to include and/or what to exclude from written or oral reports. What do you put in your reports, or leave out, what are the caveats and limitations?
    • Procedural or other changes for companies as a result of the America Invents Act would also be of interest. We are also interested in basic information or updates on U.S. or foreign patent law as well as papers from other patent information customers (e.g. R&D managers, licensing executives and others) who would like to outline their usual needs and expectations for patent analysis.
    • Patent office employees are also encouraged to submit abstracts relating to patent information systems, challenges or policies and related topics.

    General Guidelines for submitting proposal/topic/ideas

    • Send your paper title, abstract (100-200 words), proposed speaker name, affiliation, brief biography and full contact information. 
    • Presentations are typically ~30 mins in length
    • If you need extra time to obtain your management approval of your paper, please let us know by the June 14, 2013 deadline and if possible provide the topic title &/or few sentences that we can consider in the interim.
    • If you would like to make a recommend a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact the 2013 PIUG NE Conference organizers, listed below, with your views.
    • Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the PIUG web site at
    The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. 

    Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the PIUG web site and related media, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.

    Lucy Teixeira Akers, Chair - Program Committee

    Julia Heinrich, Suzanne Robins, and Don Walter, Program Committee Members

    Kim Miller and Shelley Pavlek, Co-Chairs - Planning Committee

  • 28 May 2013 12:12 PM | Deleted user

    The Stu Kaback Award recognizes the achievements of an individual or a team of individuals who, in performing as a patent information professional, has made a distinct impact on his or her organization. Nominations for the award are received from the global patent information community.

    This year’s recipient, Carol Bachman,  is an Advanced Technical Specialist at the Information Research & Solution division of 3M.  Carol was selected as the recipient of the Award in recognition of her passion and dedication in creating a current awareness patent tools and databases that support 3M in its business decisions.

    The award was presented at the PIUG 25th anniversary gala dinner that was held on Monday, April 29th during the PIUG 2013 annual conference in Alexandria, Virginia. 

    Learn more details about the award’s history.

    Read more about   this year’s ceremony.  

  • 17 May 2013 4:12 PM | Deleted user

    The PIUG-NE Conference Committee is pleased to announce the call for papers and for the round-table discussion topics for the PIUG Northeast 2013 Conference which will be held September 30 - October 2, 2013 at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ.  

    Please email an abstract with your idea(s) as soon as possible and by June 14, 2013 to Lucy Akers.

    See this full description for more information. 

  • 16 May 2013 8:41 AM | Deleted user

    We are currently seeking contributions from all members for the Spring 2013 PIUG Newsletter. The publication schedule has been changed this year to provide better coverage of the recent meetings.  Martha Yates, the newsletter editor, is gathering abstracts, reports and write-ups for consideration now. Potential topics include:

    • 2012 Northeast Conference, 
    • 2013 Biotech Conference and 
    • 2013 Annual Conference.  
    • Other contributions of topics of interest to the PIUG community.

    Submissions due to Martha Yates by June 7th.  

    For more information contact Martha Yates.

  • 14 May 2013 10:46 AM | Deleted user

    PIUG 2013 Annual Conference Presentations for the plenary session and business meetings are available for viewing and downloading in the members-only section of the PIUG wiki.

    Remember 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 as described in the PIUG Membership Benefits section. 

    If you are a current, PIUG member, login to the PIUG wiki and receive an access-error message, please contact or the for assistance..

  • 14 May 2013 10:40 AM | Deleted user

    Slide presentations from the two workshops presented by the USPTO and EPO, which were given on Thursday, May 2 have been provided by the patent offices and are open to all interested parties to read and share:

    AIA Workshop by the USPTO: "First Inventor to File Final Rules and Guidelines"

    CPC Workshop by USPTO and EPO

    Click here for members only access to the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference Plenary and Business Meeting presentations. 

    If you are a current, PIUG member and receive and access-error message at login to the PIUG wiki, please contact or the for assistance.

  • 18 Mar 2013 9:59 AM | Thomas Wolff (Administrator)

    In celebration of PIUG's 25th Anniversary this year, the PIUG Annual Conference Committee is publishing a Commemorative booklet. Each attendee at the Annual Conference will receive a booklet during the meeting.

    Interested parties, both corporate and individual, are invited to submit advertisements that will be published in the booklet. 

    Submit ads and payments for the Commemorative booklet directly online via the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference Commemorative Booklet webpage.

    Please contact Alison Taylor, with questions or problems.

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