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    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virtual Conference
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    Virtual Conference Only

    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 - Vendor Workshops and Exhibition 
    • Wednesday, March 2 - Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibition
    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Conference
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    Abstract:

    We will give an overview of Orbit Intelligence new features and will demonstrate Orbit BioSequence’s new Variant analysis interface which allows one to analyze, view, manipulate variations across multiple sequence results altogether.

    Presenter: 
    Fanny Coignard

    Fanny Coignard has a biotechnology engineer degree (MSc) from the E.S.B.S. (Strasbourg University) and has joined Questel in 2019 as a Subject Matter Expert, specialized in IP tools, including Orbit Intelligence, Orbit Insight and Orbit Asset. Before joining Questel, Fanny worked as a Patent Information Specialist at Pfizer for almost 15 years. Fanny was specialized in biotechnology related patent questions, including sequence analysis. She also worked as a research scientist for 6 years at British Biotech (Oxford, U.K.), Epigene (Paris, France) and Exonhit Therapeutics (Paris, France) where she gained experience in molecular biology, cell biology, bioinformatics, and proteomics.


    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual Conference
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    Abstract:

    The GenomeQuest team has been busy preparing for 2022. During our workshop will discuss the upcoming additions to GenomeQuest including adding ST.26 format as our input source and as a source for launching sequence searches. We will also highlight current and planned updates to the system, and demonstrate our informatics platform that includes features like sequence variation detection and report based antibody searching. 

    Presenter: 
    Stephen Allen

    Steve Allen joined Aptean GenomeQuest in September of 2017. He is the Solutions Consultant for GenomeQuest & LifeQuest. Steve previously worked at Dupont and his background includes work in a patent group and work as a computational biologist in an agricultural discovery group. Steve has been working with sequence data of one form or another for over 30 years.


    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Conference
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    Abstract:

    Come see the best new features in BizInt Smart Charts for Patents from 2021. From hit term highlighting in backing records to cell color coding, a new Reference Rows workflow including the long-requested "hide Reference Rows" command, and a new BizInt export from STNext, there is something for everyone. As always, we will have time for your questions and requests at the end.

    Presenter: John Willmore

    John Willmore is Vice President, Product Development, for BizInt Solutions, Inc. and manages the development of all aspects of the BizInt Solutions product line.

    John has over 25 years of experience in processing, analyzing and integrating patent and drug pipeline information, and has worked closely with patent and drug pipeline publishers over that period. He was the head of the TRW Smart Charts team at TRW, Inc. and along with Diane Webb, founded BizInt Solutions in 1996.

    John has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and over 30 years experience in software development.

    John spends his free time doing woodworking, playing amateur ice hockey, and competing with the dogs. He is an American Kennel Club judge for earthdog, dachshund field trials, and agility.

    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Virtual Conference
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    Abstract:

    2:30 pm – What’s New in STNext

    This session will cover the latest database improvements and developments on STNext, including content updates and new functionality.

    Presenters: Darryl French and Jim Brown

    3:15 pm – Reload of GENESEQ, PATGENE and USGENE® and the Biosequence Search Module for CAS REGISTRY®

    The sequence searchable databases GENESEQ, PATGENE and USGENE have undergone total reloads on the STNext platform. As a result of these reloads, the databases are able to complete searches in less time, and new BLAST search options are now available. This session will describe the improvements to these databases due to the reloads, and how best to take advantage of these new features. The session will also cover the new CAS Biosequence module for BLAST, CDR, and Motif searching of Registry, including options for exporting and creating reports.

    Presenters: Jim Brown and John Kratunis

    • 23 Mar 2022
    • 06 Apr 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
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    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
    • 01 May 2022
    • 12 May 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

    PIUG 2022 Annual Conference

    In-person Presentations: Sunday, May 1 - Thursday, May 5, 2022

    Virtual Presentations: Wednesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 12, 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 in-person plenary sessions run from Monday, May 2 to Wednesday, May 4, but you’ll have many great opportunities to learn and connect throughout the conference.  The virtual component of the program will be held the following week from Wednesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 12.  Be sure your travel plans account for: 

    • Sunday May 1: Conference Warm-up For First Time Attendees, and the Opening Reception! 
    • Monday, May 2: Food and drinks with colleagues and friends.
    • Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday May 4: Opportunities for informal dine-arounds in the evenings. Bring your curiosity!  

    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 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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