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    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    Register

    Advanced Patent Search Strategies

    What to Use When All Else Fails

    Learn advanced search strategies to try when you’ve used the typical search methods and you want to make sure you did not miss something important. These strategies are also useful to help determine when a search is as near complete as possible, indicating that the searching may soon end. While the typical search methods including keywords, classification codes, citations and advanced systems will be briefly reviewed, the main focus will cover what to do after using these initial strategies.

    This two-part series presented by Ron Kaminecki covers multiple techniques including:

    • The Building Block Approach: categorizing concepts to modify a strategy
    • Successive Fractions: paring a search down by concepts
    • Recombination of Elements:  narrowing  piecemeal results to avoid duplicates
    • Terms of Art: identifying the most important terminology
    • Linking: extending the search to  other database sources
    • Pearl Growing: expanding results starting with only a single result
    • Cherry Picking: using a few documents to locate more information
    • Analogous Arts: using alternative sources to locate the information

    When payment is received, please keep the Confirmation Email sent to you because it contains the link to the webinar.

    • 29 Sep 2022
    • 31 Dec 2023
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 450
    Register

    Best Practices for Patent Searching in Engineering Technologies

    Dominic DeMarco (BIO)

    Managing Director of DeMarcoIP

    This class builds upon prior PIUG presentations in the Fundamentals series, but may also be attended as a stand-alone presentation. The target audience should have one to thirty years of experience and come in with an open mind.

    There is no set “way” to perform a patent search in the engineering space. This presentation will help patent information professionals utilize their own personal adaptive toolbox to maximize the opportunity to locate particularly relevant art and minimize the chances of screwing up. Experience is the greatest teacher in our field and learning from Dominic’s two decades of experience should hopefully allow all attendees to skip a few years of the learning curve.

    This presentation will be all new material for 2022 and has been rebuilt from the ashes of the last Engineering session taught pre-Covid. We will energetically cover all engineering disciplines with an emphasis on teaching participants to think creatively to solve their own patent search problems.

    • 19 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 440
    Register

    Best Practices for Searching Chemical Patent Information

    John Zabilski (BIO)

    Chair, PIUG Education Committee

    Chemistry is called the central science since it connects physical sciences with life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. As such it provides a challenging area to search comprehensively without considering multiple techniques and approaches. Discover resources and techniques particularly suited to cross boundaries and database connections to include pharmaceutical and material applications.

    This session covers the fundamentals necessary to search for chemical related information and builds on that information to extend searching into multidisciplinary areas through targeted case studies. Learn best practices in this area taught and used by major organizations and global patent offices and fill in gaps in your practical knowledge to excel in producing comprehensive retrieval of chemical intellectual property.

    • 16 Nov 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 438
    Register

    Best Practices for Searching Biotechnology Information

    Greg Roland (BIO)

    Global Head of Search and Analytics

    Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research (NIBR)

    Learn best practices in finding Biotechnology information including resources for searching the biotechnology area, tips for searching and techniques for finding biosequence information. A case study that utilizes these best resources and approaches will provide additional insight into finding comprehensive search results and understanding this cutting edge technological area.

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 442
    Register

    Best Practices for Searching Medical Devices Information

    Andrea Davis (BIO)

    Bodkin IP

    The webinar is geared towards patent information professionals interested in learning more about medical device searching and will cover key features of database choices, important elements of a comprehensive strategy in this particular technology area and ways to increase efficiency in covering large volumes of art. Medical Device specific examples will be included to illustrate the approaches covered.

    • 28 Feb 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, Cambridge, MA

    KIMPTON MARLOWE HOTEL

    25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
    Cambridge, MA  02141

    Now in its seventeenth 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 a Virtual Format.  This year the plan is to come back to an in-person event at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, MA.


    Conference Schedule

    • Tuesday, February 28 - Vendor Workshops and Exhibition 
    • Wednesday, March 1 - Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibition
    • 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

28 Sep 2022 Best Practices for Patent Searching - Engineering Technologies
29 Jun 2022 Community Engagement Hour
10 May 2022 PIUG 2022 Annual Business Meeting
01 May 2022 PIUG 2022 Annual Conference
30 Mar 2022 Community Engagement Hour
23 Mar 2022 Advanced Patent Search Strategies: What to Use When All Else Fails
01 Mar 2022 STN Workshop: What's New in STNext
01 Mar 2022 BizInt Workshop: What's New - Creating IP Sequence Reports with BizInt Smart Charts for Patents
01 Mar 2022 GenomeQuest Workshop: What’s New in 2022
01 Mar 2022 Questel Workshop
01 Mar 2022 PIUG 2022 Biotechnology Conference
15 Dec 2021 Finding and Understanding Legal Status Information
07 Dec 2021 Community Engagement Hour
01 Dec 2021 Patent Searching – Beyond the Basics
10 Nov 2021 Introduction to Patent Analytics and Technical Intelligence
03 Nov 2021 Patent Classification
13 Oct 2021 Essential Patent Search Techniques
29 Sep 2021 Choosing and Evaluating Patent Searching Resources
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
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 Feb 2018 Searching Peptides and Proteins and Second Medical Use Claims
20 Feb 2018 PIUG 2018 Biotechnology Conference
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.
20 May 2017 PIUG 2017 Annual Conference
27 Feb 2017 Searching Biotechnological Inventions under the EPC
27 Feb 2017 PIUG 2017 Biotechnology Conference
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"
21 May 2016 PIUG 2016 Annual Conference
22 Feb 2016 PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference
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 PIUG 2015 Annual Conference
02 May 2015 Patent Law Fundamentals for Patent Information Specialists
19 Feb 2015 Patent Searching Fundamentals Course
16 Feb 2015 PIUG 2015 Biotechnology 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"
26 Apr 2014 PIUG 2014 Annual Conference
27 Feb 2014 Patent Information Fundamentals Course
24 Feb 2014 PIUG 2014 Biotechnology 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 Soft Skills and Squidgy Answers: The Importance of Presenting Useable Search Output to the Client
27 Apr 2013 PIUG 2013 Annual Conference
27 Apr 2013 Patinformatics: The Next Generation
26 Feb 2013 PIUG 2013 Biotech Meeting

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