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Added by Admin - Tom Wolff , last edited by Admin - Tom Wolff on Dec 12, 2014 10:51


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

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Recent PIUG-DF Posts

on 11 Aug, Gilman Grundy wrote:
It's good to see that the organisers have not been put off by the criticism of their proposals
on 11 May, Admin - A.J. D'Ambra wrote:
Dear fellow members: PIUG 2015 Annual Conference Plenary and Business Meeting presentations
on 06 Feb, Elliott Linder wrote:
Hi Jeannette, I've asked MaryAnn Dean to post a news item if she has time. Elliott
on 24 Nov, James D Johnson wrote:
I'm glad to hear it went well. When I first saw the announcement I thought it sounded great,
on 23 Nov, Elyse D. Robinson Turner wrote:
Workshops for the PIUG 2016 Biotechnology Conference will be held on Monday February 22 and
on 20 Nov, Roy Zimmermann wrote:
Dominic, Rex From a strictly legal perspective, Dominic is correct that each and every claim
on 19 Nov, Heather Simmons wrote:
Call for Papers We are pleased to announce the call for papers and proposals for panel discussions

Recent PIUG Blog Posts

II-SDV 2016 in Nice - The International Information Conference on Search, Data Mining and Visualization. Call for Paper and Super Early Bird Registration is Open – Last Reminder Dear Colleague, I would like to invite you to present a paper during my next conference.  Offers of presentations should include an informative title, a short, descriptive abstract as to what will be covered, plus a short biography of the proposed speaker. News of entirely new products,…
Hi everyone, After posting information on the STN e-seminars on the Derwent Markush Resource on STN, I received a few questions. Hopefully this post will answer those questions. The Derwent Markush Resource (STN file name DWPIM) from Thomson Reuters was launched on new STN last week. It is implemented as a structure-based database encompassing around 1.9 million Markush structures from around 780,000 Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPISM) documents. 33 patent issuing authorities are covered. US,…
Part of agency’s ongoing collaborative efforts to enhance patent quality globally November 23, 2015 Press Release 15-21 Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in furtherance of the Global Dossier Initiative  launched the first service for Global Dossier - Dossier Access  Friday, November 20. Dossier Access is a user-friendly online interface, which will make it easier for patent applicants to quickly and easily view, monitor,…
Hi everyone, In addition to the STN e-Seminars I posted yesterday, STN is also running the following e-Seminars in December – Title: Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) now available on new STN! Abstract: In this Thomson Reuters and STN session we’ll show you how to search and evaluate Markush (generic) chemical structures in the DWPIM database on the new STN platform.…
STN e-Seminars in December
Hi everyone, STN is running the following e-Seminars in December – Title: Unified Markush Search on new STN Abstract: MARPAT® from CAS and Derwent Markush Resource (DWPIM) from Thomson Reuters are now together on a single platform, making new STN the first and only unified Markush solution available. Combined with specific structure search from CAS REGISTRYSM and Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR), new STN is the best, most complete solution for chemical patent searches.…
Max-IDS is MaxVal’s cloud-based, hosted, Information Disclosure/Reference Management solution.  Max-IDS is much more than a form generator.  Max-IDS stores your references in a centralized database together with information about the cases citing each reference.   This promotes consistency, reduces confusion and makes ad-hoc solutions (such as individual spreadsheets) unnecessary.                                           MaxVal is constantly looking for ways to improve Max-IDS.…


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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.