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Added by Admin - Tom Wolff , last edited by Admin - Tom Wolff on Oct 14, 2013 13:53


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

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Recent PIUG-DF Posts

on 31 Jul, Kimberly Miller wrote:
Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2014 PIUG Northeast Conference!! PIUG 2014 Northeast
on 22 Jan, Susanne Hantos wrote:
PIUG 2014 Annual Conference Plenary and Business Meeting presentations are available for viewing
on 19 Aug, Philip Eagle wrote:
Yes, Stephen, I'll send you a copy.
on 13 Aug, Rex Yeap (Dr.) wrote:
Hi Yali,Many years ago, I've also given some thoughts (but not as comprehensive) to what you
on 11 Aug, Andrea Davis wrote:
And this was following another article just a couple of weeks ago about USPTO paralegals being
on 06 Aug, Rex Yeap (Dr.) wrote:
1. Intellectual Property and the US Economy: Industry in Focus (by USPTO & ESA)   2.
on 22 Jul, Robert E. (Bob) Buntrock wrote:
Critics of the patenting process, especially academics, are probably extending their arguments

Recent PIUG Blog Posts

If you’re attending the PIUG 2014 Northeast Conference in New Brunswick, NJ this September 29 – October 1, please be sure to attend a free STN Patent Forum hosted by CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe. Monday, September 29, 20149:00 am - 3:00 pmThe Heldrich Hotel and Conference CenterNew Brunswick, NJ Topics will include: What’s New? Asian Patent Publications on STN – A Case Study New STN Case Studies Search Strategies at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology: Immunoconjugates Lunch will be provided.…
Initially, it is said that flags were used to assist military co-ordination on battlefields and since then flags have evolved into general tool for identification and signalling. This week we decided to investigate some of the interesting flags designs that way backs into late 1800s.  See such a unique collection here: Thanks, Harit Mohan Signicent LLP
PIUG 2014 Northeast ConferenceMonday, September 29 to Wednesday, October 1, 2014 The Heldrich Hotel10 Livingston AvenueNew Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 08901 The PIUG Northeast Conference overview and final program is live! Go to the Northeast Conference webpage to register NOW for discounted Early Bird rates which end September 6, 2014. Hurry and book your hotel room as the conference rate of $169/night expires September 7, 2014! Join us for an informative day and networking opportunity!
I uploaded the slides for my presentation to . (I think they are in Chinese.)   Contact:      
Minesoft Workshop at PIUG NE
Join Minesoft at the PIUG Northeast Conference, Sep 29 to Oct 1 in New Brunswick, NJ Visit our booth to register for a free giveaway and learn more about Minesoft. Make sure to come to our Workshop on Oct 1 at 10.30am and learn all about the latest enhancements to Minesoft’s patent information solutions – preview the sophisticated new PatBase Analytics module,…
The US based National Security Agency (NSA) has been in the news a lot recently due to its activities, which include the collection and analysis of telephone and internet records. While the exact nature of this analysis is both confidential and controversial, it is thought to include analysis of websites visited, and links between people as expressed via email and message traffic, and calls made. This type of analysis is often referred to as 'metadata' analysis,…


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  • Access members-only content including proceedings for the  PIUG Annual (May), PIUG Boston Biotech (February), and PIUG Northeast (October) Conferences and PIUG salary surveys.
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  • Reduced registration fees for PIUG conferences: PIUG Annual Conference (May), PIUG Boston Biotech Conference (February) and PIUG Northeast Conference (October). The savings by attending these events more than pays for your annual membership fee!
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  • PIUG Membership Directory (members-only on the PIUG website).
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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.