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The International Society for Patent Information Professionals

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PIUG 2014 Annual Conference
An International Conference for Patent Information Professionals

Patent Knowledge & IP Strategy:
Riding the Waves of Change to Achieve Business Success

Overview | Program | Full Printable Agenda | Conference Materials (PIUG members only)
Sponsors/Exhibitors | Travel | Workshops | Stu Kaback Award | Brian Stockdale Award

Saturday, April 26 – Thursday, May 1, 2014
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840
+1-714-750-1234 (phone), +1-714-740-0465 (fax)


The conference will feature world-renowned experts on patent information for technology research and planning, for legal organizations, for patent offices and for overall corporate IP management (technology licensing and related activities). The conference will include many opportunities for discussion and part of the activities on the Tuesday of the conference will be dedicated to visiting the exhibit hall to learn about the new patent information tools and developments within the industry. Many professionally enriching workshops will also be held in conjunction with this conference (before, during and after the technical sessions).

Attendees typically have a professional, scientific, economic or technical interest in patents and represent a multitude of organizations including corporations, universities, government agencies, non-government organizations and non-profit organizations. Previous conferences over the last three years that were held in Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colorado and Alexandria, Virginia drew several hundred attendees from all over the world including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. We expect over 400 attendees in 2014.

Join us for a truly great conference to meet others with a professional interest in patent information in sunny and warm Garden Grove, California!

Conference Program at a Glance





Saturday, April 26


8:00am - 5:00pm

Workshop registrants

Speakers Dinner

6:30pm - 10:00pm

By invitation only

Sunday, April 27


8:30am - 3:30pm

Workshop registrants

PIUG Business Meeting

4:00pm - 5:30pm

All conference attendees

First Time Attendee Welcome & Orientation Session

6:30pm - 7:30pm

First Time PIUG Conference Attendees

Welcome Reception

7:30pm - 9:30pm

All conference attendees

Monday, April 28

Plenary sessions

8:45am - 5:00pm

PIUG Gala & Awards Dinner

6:30pm - 7:00pm (cash bar)
7:00pm - 10:30pm (dinner)

Tuesday, April 29

Plenary sessions

9:00am - 12:15pm
2:30pm - 5:00pm

Extended Exhibit Hall Time

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Networking Dinners

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sign-up sheet at registration desk. Meal at own cost.

Wednesday, April 30

Plenary sessions

9:00am - 5:00pm

All conference attendees

Networking or PIUG Committee Dinners

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sign-up sheet at registration desk. Meal at own cost.

Thursday, May 1


8:00am - 3:00pm

Workshop registrants

Keynote Speaker

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Dr. Stephen Boyer, Research Solutions for the ChemPharma Industry, IBM Almaden Research Center, the 2014 IPI-Award winner, as the keynote speaker at the PIUG Annual Conference.

Stephen K. Boyer, Ph.D.Stephen K. Boyer, Ph.D.

In the interdisciplinary area of chemistry and computer science Stephen pioneered the use of computers to automatically curate scientific literature and patents, thereby expanding the utility of published information in biomedicine, the physical sciences and intellectual property. More recently, he initiated a collaboration of pharmaceutical industry leaders and international governmental organizations to enhance access and curation of scientific information. This formed not only the basis of a new commercial offering for IBM but also the donation of ~ 2 million molecular structures to NIH as a PubChem deposition. His background combines ten years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry (Ciba-Geigy / Novartis) with 25 years at IBM. He has authored numerous publications and patents in the areas of new drug syntheses and text- and image-analytics. His B.A. is from Temple University in Philadelphia and Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Tufts University.

Sponsorship Opportunities

PIUG welcomes new and returning sponsors to join us for networking and showcasing your products or services to our international audience of patent information users. Please our summary of Sponsorship Opportunities.

PIUG gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all our sponsors and exhibitors.

Program Committee

Program Co-Chairs – Andrea Davis & Susanne Hantos
Members – Lucy Akers, Kartar Singh Arora and Zhifu Shu

Planning Committee

Planning Co-Chairs - Jim Brown & Ron Kaminecki
Brian Stockdale Award Committee - Edlyn Simmons (Chair), Stephen Adams, Ken Koubek, Tony Trippe
Stu Kaback Business Impact Award Committee - Tony Trippe, Stephen Adams, Ken Koubek, Sandra Unger and Susanne Hantos
Evaluations - Zhifu Shu
Gifts - Ken Koubek
Hospitality/First Time Attendee Welcome & Orientation- Suzanne Robins (Chair) and the Member Relations Committee
Meeting Book - Diane Webb, Alison Taylor
Photography - Sandra Unger
Registration Liaison - Ken Koubek
Signage - Zhifu Shu
Sponsorship & Exhibits - Jane Thompson (Chair), Denise Fobare-Deponio, Cynthia Barcelon-Yang
Webpages - Tom Wolff (Webmaster)
Workshops - Martha Yates

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