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    • 15 Sep 2021
    • 15 Dec 2021
    • 7 sessions
    • 72
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    The PIUG Patent Searching Fundamentals provides the foundation of essential patent knowledge by describing approaches to effective patent searching. Learn from leading patent professionals with varied and extensive backgrounds in intellectual property information.

    View full biographies of each faculty member.

    Attend the live webinar including Q&A with patent experts or view recorded sessions available on-demand shortly after completion of the live session. Each registered attendee is provided with an invitation for each individual session. A recording link and PDF copy of the presentation will be sent shortly after each session has completed.

    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 94
    Register

    Learn how to find patent searching resources and more importantly how to evaluate those resources: 

    ·         How do you evaluate data quality? 

    ·         How do you evaluate search and analysis features? 

    ·         How do you choose the right tool or tools for your particular circumstances? 


    These questions are discussed along with a review of available free and commercial resources.


    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 92
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    Learn essential information and techniques to effectively search for patent information.

    • Understanding database coverage, content and structure.
    • Evaluating a bottom-up versus a top-down approach to control precision versus recall.
    • Mining data using analysis and semantic techniques to identify relevant search terminology.
    • Comparing search types including bibliographic, keyword, classification, full-text and indexed content.
    • Building comprehensive search statements using search operators and command language techniques including nesting, truncation, wildcards and stemming.
    • Contrasting search features across free and commercial resources.
    • Considering necessary steps for different search types: Patentability, Freedom to Operate and Validity.
    Viewing a search case study applying these techniques


    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 95
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    This session will provide an overview to the effective use of patent classifications.  The systems covered will be the International Patent Classification and its derivatives, the CPC and the FI systems.  You will encounter illustrations of usage for different types of patent information retrieval.  There are several mechanisms to enable the user to identify the classification marks which may be suitable for each subject-based search; tools for this will be discussed, relevant to each of the distinct classification systems covered.  The revision cycles will be described together with means for keeping your knowledge up-to-date.

    • 10 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 93
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    This introductory webinar provides examples of the stages required for performing patent analytics, and for the preparation of a Patent Landscape Report (PLR). Patent analytics and PLRs support informed decision-making and are designed to efficiently address the concerns associated with making high stakes decisions in technologically advanced areas with a maximum degree of confidence. For many years' decision-makers operated based on personal networks and intuition. With the institution of patent analytics, and PLRs, it is possible for these critical decisions to be made with data-driven approaches that deliver informed choices, and lower risk profiles. This session will provide an overview of the patent analysis process and provide a case study.


    • 01 Dec 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 93
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    Whether it is Week 10, Month 10, or Year 10 of searching patents, there will always be a new tip or trick that can make you better. In this fast paced and interactive class, we will help you think creatively to develop adaptive search queries and multi-pronged strategies that will hopefully keep you from being replaced by a machine learning algorithm…for a few years, at least.

    Students need to have completed the preceding search courses through PIUG or have at least one year of patent searching experience. All should come to class with an open mind and willingness to do things differently. Every patent searcher has routines they follow, but our goal in this class is to help you shake things up and avoid falling into a rut. This will help you approach every search fresh, increase your efficiency, and hopefully, make your job less boring.


    • 07 Dec 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    Patent Information Users Group - Community Engagement Hour

    OPTIONAL - Sign Up/Registration is Available from the PIUG webpage below; This gives you the ability to add the event to your personal CALENDAR

    PIUG MONTHLY Calendar – December 7

    Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86820633264?pwd=a2tjOVhFb3dTd1gzWUN0aWErU2tFdz09

    Mark your calendars and plan to join us on December 7, 2021, 10:30am–12:00pm ET, for a PIUG Community Engagement hour (and a half).  This is a great way to meet people in the patent information profession, connect with old friends & colleagues, and learn from each other.

    10:30am – Welcome.  2021 End-of-Year Review.  2022 Preview.

    11:00am – Breakouts for small group networking & discussion

    ·         Discussion topics: 

    ·         What would you like to see PIUG do in 2022? 

    ·         Biotech Conference – March 1-2 (in-person)

    ·         Annual Conference – May 1-4 (in-person); May 11-12 (virtual)

    11:30am – Switch Breakouts for more small group networking & discussion

    11:55am - General Comments & Adjourn

    • 15 Dec 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Webinar
    • 97
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    This session will provide a background to the importance of retrieving information on the legal status of patents and patent applications, both at the document level and in complete collections.  The differing models of patent prosecution will be outlined briefly, followed by developments in recording legal status at the national level and compiling it into multinational databases.  The key sources for major jurisdictions will be covered, together with information on federated databases and their searchable characteristics.

    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kimpton Marlowe, Cambridge, MA

    KIMPTON MARLOWE HOTEL

    25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
    Cambridge, MA  02141

    Now in its sixteenth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis.  Due to the impact of COVID-19, last year's Biotechnology Conference was held in conjunction with the PIUG 2021 Annual Conference which was held in a Virtual Format.  More to follow.


    Conference Schedule

    • Tuesday, March 1 - Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibition 
    • Wednesday, March 2 - Vendor Workshops
    • 01 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2022 Annual Conference

    Sunday, May 1 - Thursday, May 5, 2022

    The Westin Alexandria

    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    +1-703-253-8600

    As you make your plans to attend, be sure to check out the many ways you can make the most out of your conference experience. 

    The plenary sessions run from Monday to Wednesday, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference. Be sure your travel plans account for: 

    • Sunday May 1: Vendor workshops, Conference Warm-up For First Time Attendees, and the Opening Reception! Plus, a chance to check out the inner workings of PIUG at the annual Business meeting. 
    • Monday, May 2: Our Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday May 4: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 5: Post-conference workshops. Because you really can’t be too much of an expert.   

    Some details, such as vendor workshop registration links, still need to be finalized. Bookmark the link and return often.

    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2023 Annual Conference

    Saturday, April 28 - Thursday, May 4, 2021

    The Westin Alexandria

    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    +1-703-253-8600

    As you make your plans to attend, be sure to check out the many ways you can make the most out of your conference experience. 

    The plenary sessions run from Monday to Wednesday, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference. Be sure your travel plans account for: 

    • Saturday April 29: Possible pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday April 30: Vendor workshops, Conference Warm-up For First Time Attendees, and the Opening Reception! Plus, a chance to check out the inner workings of PIUG at the annual Business meeting. 
    • Monday, May 1: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday May 3: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 4: Post-conference workshops. Because you really can’t be too much of an expert.   

    Some details, such as vendor workshop registration links, still need to be finalized. Bookmark the link and return often.

    • 03 May 2025
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08 May 2025
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2025 Annual Conference

    Saturday, May 3 - Thursday, May 8, 2025

    The Westin Alexandria

    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    +1-703-253-8600

    As you make your plans to attend, be sure to check out the many ways you can make the most out of your conference experience. 

    The plenary sessions run from Monday to Wednesday, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference. Be sure your travel plans account for: 

    • Saturday May 3: Possible pre-conference workshops. Deepen your expertise and extend your impact.
    • Sunday May 4: Vendor workshops, Conference Warm-up For First Time Attendees, and the Opening Reception! Plus, a chance to check out the inner workings of PIUG at the annual Business meeting. 
    • Monday, May 5: Our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. Dinner and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday May 7: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!
    • Thursday May 8: Post-conference workshops. Because you really can’t be too much of an expert.   

    Some details, such as vendor workshop registration links, still need to be finalized. Bookmark the link and return often.

Past events

15 Sep 2021 Understanding Intellectual Property for Patent Searchers
28 Jul 2021 Community Engagement Hour
30 Jun 2021 Community Engagement Hour
08 Jun 2021 PIUG 2021 Annual Business Meeting
28 May 2021 STN Patent Forum
24 May 2021 BizInt: What's New in BizInt Smart Charts?
24 May 2021 Clarivate: The Trifecta of Expert Curated Data: SequenceBase, Derwent Innovation & Innography
24 May 2021 Relativity: Introducing Patent Search & Analytics from Relativity
24 May 2021 IFI Claims: Direct Data in Tableau
24 May 2021 Aptean: GenomeQuest Discover Analysis – Prioritization and Annotation Strategies
24 May 2021 Minesoft: The changing face of patent software solutions, what’s next on the horizon at Minesoft?
24 May 2021 Questel: Orbit BioSequence and the many uses of combinations
24 May 2021 WIPO: WIPO’s global patent database PATENTSCOPE: what’s new?
24 May 2021 EPO: Taming the dragon: how to tackle CN legal event data
24 May 2021 Ambercite: The Importance of Alternative Search Methodologies – How Ambercite can enhance your search capabilities
24 May 2021 PIUG 2021 Combined Annual and Biotechnology Virtual Conference
28 Apr 2021 Community Engagement Hour
31 Mar 2021 Community Engagement Hour
17 Mar 2021 Legal Status - Part 4 - Interpreting Legal Status Records
17 Feb 2021 Legal Status - Part 3 - Deep-diving into Legal Status
20 Jan 2021 Legal Status - Part 2 - Overview of source types for legal status information
09 Dec 2020 Legal Status - Webinar Series
09 Dec 2020 Legal Status - Part 1 - First steps in determining legal status
30 Oct 2020 USPTO Initiatives: Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
30 Oct 2020 STN Patent Forum
30 Oct 2020 AI assisted reading for faster understanding of patent texts
26 Oct 2020 Expanding Patentability: A Novel Approach Using a Non-Obvious Data Source
26 Oct 2020 Preferred Patent Lineup and Automated Antibody Search Report
26 Oct 2020 Get Up To Date with BizInt Smart Charts
26 Oct 2020 Meet the new Derwent Innovation
26 Oct 2020 Part 1 - What's new in Orbit Intelligence?; Part 2 - FAMPAT FOUNDATIONS, Detecting and Repairing the Dysfunctional Family
26 Oct 2020 Introducing PatBase 2.0, the biggest ever update to the PatBase
26 Oct 2020 Why another monitoring tool? FIZ PatMon – Specific, Broad, and Flexible
26 Oct 2020 PIUG 2020 Annual Conference
13 May 2020 PIUG 2020 Annual Business Meeting
25 Feb 2020 PIUG 2020 Biotechnology Conference
23 Sep 2019 PIUG 2019 Northeast Regional Conference
08 May 2019 “The wonderful world of WIPO standards”
08 May 2019 Artificial Intelligence Basics for Patent Professionals
08 May 2019 Leveraging CPC for Search
05 May 2019 Delivering Patent Analytics With a Punch
05 May 2019 Updates to PatBase & PatDocs, introducing IPShare and What to Expect Next from Minesoft…
05 May 2019 Latest Innovations: optimize your IP analysis
05 May 2019 Advances in Sequence Searching: GQ Discover Browser, Sequence Variation Discovery Module and CAS BiosequencesTM Access
05 May 2019 Get Up to Date with BizInt Smart Charts for Patents
05 May 2019 Patent Portfolio Maintenance: Benchmarking Current Practices
05 May 2019 Google Patents for Power Users
05 May 2019 Google Patents Public Datasets
04 May 2019 PIUG Fundamentals of Patent Searching
04 May 2019 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching and Fundamentals
04 May 2019 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching
04 May 2019 PIUG 2019 Annual Conference
22 Apr 2019 Webinar 4: Producing Patent Landscape Reports that will be Read and Used by Senior Management
21 Mar 2019 Webinar 3: Generating Spatial Concept Maps
28 Feb 2019 Webinar 2: Using PivotTables and MS Excel to Generate Simple Charts, Graphs and Tables
21 Feb 2019 Resources of Interest
21 Feb 2019 The Patent Examination Process Including Different Approaches to Searching at the USPTO
21 Feb 2019 The Meat Inside the WIPO Standard ST.26 Nutshell; The Details of Sequence Listings in Patent Applications
19 Feb 2019 PIUG 2019 Biotechnology Conference
24 Jan 2019 Preparing Patent Analytics Projects and Patent Landscape Reports – Hands-On Lessons
24 Jan 2019 Webinar 1: The Linear Law of Patent Analysis, Patent Family Reductions and Assignee Cleanups
31 Oct 2018 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
10 Oct 2018 Exploring Artificial Intelligence in the Art of Patent Searching
08 Oct 2018 PIUG 2018 Northeast Conference
10 May 2018 Sneak Preview of New Espacenet
05 May 2018 USPTO Initiatives: Global Dossier and eCommerce Modernization Workshop
05 May 2018 USPTO Initiatives: Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
05 May 2018 Patent Information & Intelligence That Senior Managers Really Need…
05 May 2018 PIUG 2018 Annual Conference
20 Mar 2018 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course - Spring 2018
20 Feb 2018 Searching Peptides and Proteins and Second Medical Use Claims
20 Feb 2018 PIUG 2018 Biotechnology Conference
01 Nov 2017 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
31 Oct 2017 PIUG Introduction to Patent Searching - 2017
27 Sep 2017 Searching Combination Sets in CPC
25 Sep 2017 PIUG 2017 Northeast Conference
25 May 2017 What’s new in CPC – recent changes and Searching in CPC - Practical Tips
21 May 2017 Global Patent Dossier - 2017
20 May 2017 The EPO Patent Information Products Road Show - 2017
20 May 2017 “Making it to the Premiership” – a review of the rising stars in the IP information space.
22 Mar 2017 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course - Spring 2017
27 Feb 2017 Searching Biotechnological Inventions under the EPC
27 Feb 2017 PIUG 2017 Biotechnology Conference
09 Nov 2016 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
28 Sep 2016 Search Methodology: As Important as the Tools and Databases
28 Sep 2016 USPTO New Initiatives: Global Dossier and Patent Center
26 Sep 2016 PIUG 2016 Northeast Conference
26 May 2016 EPO's PATSTAT Online
22 May 2016 Global Patent Dossier
21 May 2016 Connecting, Engaging, and Making Your Case: How To Communicate Your Value To People Who Don't Understand What You Do
21 May 2016 Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists
21 May 2016 Understanding "Europe"
30 Mar 2016 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
22 Feb 2016 PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference
12 Nov 2015 PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals: Comprehensive Techniques for Researching Freedom to Operate
14 Oct 2015 USPTO Workshop - Global Dossier Focus Session
12 Oct 2015 PIUG 2015 Northeast Conference
07 May 2015 Searching in CPC - Practical Tips
02 May 2015 The EPO Patent Information Products Road Show
02 May 2015 Patent Documentation from South America: Procedures, Sources and Uses.
02 May 2015 Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists
19 Feb 2015 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
16 Feb 2015 PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference
29 Sep 2014 PIUG 2014 Northeast Conference
01 May 2014 CPC Workshop
01 May 2014 Advanced Strategies for Searching Patents in Any Source
26 Apr 2014 EPO Road Show
26 Apr 2014 Fundamentals of Current Patent Law
26 Apr 2014 IP in Africa - Shedding Light on the "Dark Continent"
27 Feb 2014 Patent Information Fundamentals Course
24 Feb 2014 PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference
30 Sep 2013 PIUG 2013 Northeast Conference
02 May 2013 CPC Workshop by USPTO and EPO
02 May 2013 AIA Workshop by the USPTO
30 Apr 2013 USPTO Tour Arranged Specifically for PIUG
27 Apr 2013 Personal Branding: Communicating the Authentic You
27 Apr 2013 Fundamentals of Current Patent Law
27 Apr 2013 Patinformatics: The Next Generation
27 Apr 2013 Soft Skills and Squidgy Answers: The Importance of Presenting Useable Search Output to the Client
26 Feb 2013 PIUG 2013 Biotech Meeting
25 Oct 2012 Patent Information Fundamentals Course

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