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PIUG 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 and visualization, and tips for searching biotech, chemical, and engineering content.

The PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals course is being offered March 20-21, 2018 at the Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO, Madisson Building, Dulaney Street, Alexandria, VA.  Find more information and register for the course HERE


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time Activity
8:30 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
 8:45 - 9:00 am  Registration
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome, Course Overview and Introductions
Dominic DeMarco & John Zabilski, Course Directors
9:15 - 10:00 am What is a Patent and why do we search them?
Dominic DeMarco
10:00 - 11:00 am The Basics of Patent Law
John Zabilski
11:00 - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Patent Information Resources
Anthony J. Trippe
12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 pm Asian Patent Information Resources
John Zabilski
2:00 - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 - 4:30 pm Overview of Patent Searching Techniques
Dominic DeMarco


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time Activity
8:30 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 am Chemical Patent Searching Techniques
John Zabilski
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Engineering Patent Searching Techniques
Dominic DeMarco
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm Technical Intelligence and Patent Mapping
Anthony J. Trippe
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm Biotechnology Patent Searching Techniques
John Zabilski
3:30 - 4:00 pm Reporting Search Results
Dominic DeMarco
4:00 - 4:30 pm Patent Information: How to Keep up to Date
John Zabilski

This course is targeted to both new patent searchers and experienced searchers wanting to elevate their skills. Don't miss out on the opportunity to advance your patent searching skills to the next level.  REGISTER NOW!   

HOTEL Arrangements:  

Most hotels within walking distance are around $220 per night. However the USPTO is next to the King Street Metro (subway system), so registrants are free to stay anywhere they want near a Metro or with a shuttle to the Metro. The Westin which is physically adjacent to the USPTO is the most convenient hotel. There are a lot of options in the area and any hotel in "Old Town Alexandria" will be within a 15 or 20 minute walk of the USPTO.  Expedia listings in the area for the dates of the course can be found here.


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