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Added by Admin - Tom Wolff , last edited by Admin - Tom Wolff on May 12, 2016 12:55


Welcome to the PIUG space in the PIUG wiki, where patent information users meet.

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Recent PIUG-DF Posts

on 27 May, Admin - Tom Wolff wrote:
PIUG 2016 Annual Conference Plenary and Business Meeting presentations are available for viewing
on 04 Aug, Jeannette Fiala wrote:
PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference speaker presentations are available for viewing and downloading
14 hours ago, Rick Williams wrote:
With respect to the comprehensiveness theme, I see (among others) the following key success
on 15 Jun, Dominic DeMarco wrote:
Sounds like database providers (besides just BizInt) are catching on to this avenue for missed
on 14 Jun, Elliott Linder wrote:
Dear colleagues, I am pleased to announce that the 2016 Stu Kaback Business Impact Award
on 01 Jun, Jane Thompson wrote:
Oooooh that would be worth a lot in Kind Code Scrabble We need an app for that!! Jane  
on 31 May, Elliott Linder wrote:
Dear PIUG colleagues and friends, I hope you all enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. We just

Recent PIUG Blog Posts

Next Generation Biotechnology: New Tools, New Opportunities June 30, 2016, Noon - 1:30 p.m. Russell Senate Office Building, SR-485   The U.S. biotechnology sector is expanding rapidly, providing economic growth opportunities through new jobs and cutting-edge products and services. Novel tools and technologies, including gene editors like “CRISPR,” as well as big data analytics and robotics, have enabled scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to discover and innovate at unprecedented rates.…
  Dear Colleague Just a gentle reminder to those interested, that the brochure of the ICIC is published and the early bird booking rate for The International Conference on Trends for Scientific Information Professionals expires on 30th June 2016. The meeting is booking well, so if you are planning to come, note the 30th June 2016 deadline and save 200 Euros by booking early. I am glad to offer one participant for free of cost if there are three participants from your company.…
The Prior Art Search Challenge It is difficult to identify novelty of an invention without a thorough understanding of previous work in the field. Prior art search is essential to define the boundaries between a potential invention as claimable in a patent and the published prior art. It is common practice to perform keyword-based and/or classification-based searches of the disclosed concept.…
The Patent Information Users Group Northeast Conference Committee is pleased to announce the call for papers for the PIUG 2016 Northeast Conference to be held on Tuesday, September 27 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ. Please email an abstract with your idea(s) as soon as possible to Donald Walter (  Deadline is July 8.…
Program now accepting law school clinic submissions on a rolling basis Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it opened the current Law School Clinic Certification Program (Program) to admit additional schools to commence participation in the Program. This Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law before the USPTO under the guidance of a law school faculty clinic supervisor.…


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  1. Aug 04, 2008

    Hi, Tom.

    Thanks for initiating this PIUG wiki. It looks like a very good start!

    I am testing the functionality of adding a comment here to see where it will show up. It seems that if comments sent by individuals are displayed on the same pages as these links to the knowledge databases, they may "clutter" the resources. I would prefer that the comments are sent and stored separately from the "official" pages of the wiki where the actual "knowledge gold nuggets" are stored.



  2. Sep 01, 2008


    The issue is that we generally don't have "official" pages in the wiki that we would restrict either for writing or addition comments. Perhaps the front pages of each wikispace and a few others would be managed only by the administrators. However, to do that to very many pages would run counter to the community nature of the wiki which encourages everyone to contribute. In general, PIUG Wiki registrants would have the choice of directly editing the content of the page via the Edit function at the top or adding a comment as you did. Of course, administrators can delete or edit contributions; Wikipedia managers/moderators/administrators do that all the time. I think you should consider the main PIUG website as our official pages and the wiki as our community collaboration medium.


  3. Jun 05, 2014

    Wolff, T.E. (2010) The Patent Information Users Group – Collaborating via the PIUG wiki and discussion forums. World Patent Information. [Online] 32 (2), 141–144.

  4. Jun 05, 2014

    Wolff, T.E. (2009). The PIUG Wiki: Communication and Collaboration Par Excellence. Searcher. The Magazine for Database Professionals, 17, no. 8, pp. 12-19, 51-53.