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PIUG 2023 Annual Conference - Call for Papers

06 Jan 2023 2:29 PM | Anonymous


Sunday, April 30 - Wednesday, May 3, 2023

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2023 Annual Conference to be held April 30 - May 3, 2023 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria VA.  The theme for the 35th Annual Conference is:

The Unconference—Choose Your Own Patent Adventure

Why should you attend a conference in person?  With everything online these days, what can make you pack your bags and get on a plane?  PIUG presents the patent unconference.  We will have a mix of traditional talks, talks from vendors, time to interact with our vendors, traditional social time and unconference sessions.  Traditional talks will be recorded and available for virtual attendees.  Unconference sessions will only be live.

Unconference sessions will be 20-30 minute sessions where small groups will talk about topics that are voted on the day before.  Thus only the most relevant topics will be discussed.

We are interested in papers from ALL sectors of the patent information community (chemistry, electrical, mechanical, software, pharmaceutical & biotechnology), and from ALL areas of the patent professional community (attorneys, agents, examiners, searchers (corporate and independent consultants) & tech transfer offices) on patent searching and analysis topics with an emphasis on practical applications and use cases. 

We would also like suggestions for any unconference topics that you would like to discuss.  Please send your suggestions to Martha Yates (  Potential topics could include vendor resources, websites, applications, soft skills such as client management, or anything else that relates to patent searching. If you would be interested in moderating an unconference session please contact Martha.  These sessions can be totally unstructured or have some structure with the goal being discussion- this is not meant to be a big time commitment or a talk.  Rather, the moderator will introduce the topic through a 1-2 slide introduction or using just a few sentences, and then ensure that the discussion keeps moving. Ideas will be voted on at the meeting to determine what will happen.

General Guidelines for submitting proposal/topic/ideas: 

·         Send your paper title, abstract (max. 200 words), speaker names, affiliation, brief biography and full contact information to Martha Yates ( Note: presentations are typically 20-30 min., followed by 5 min. questions and answers.

·         Do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.

·         If you would like to recommend a speaker or a topic for a presentation or an unconference session, please contact the PIUG 2023 Annual Conference organizers, listed below, with your comments and suggestions.

·         Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG web site at and PIUG Community.

Deadline is January 31, 2023. 

Please share this notice within your greater patent information community to enhance our outreach efforts.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2023 Annual Conference!

PIUG 2023 Annual Conference Program Committee

Martha Yates, Committee Chair 

PIUG - Patent Information User Group, Inc.

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