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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 19 Nov, Heather Simmons wrote:
Call for Papers We are pleased to announce the call for papers and proposals for panel discussions
on 10 Feb, Robert Grantham wrote:
Thanks folks.  That is interesting insider info Kristian.  I was aware of the of the EPO structure
on 10 Feb, Stephen Adams wrote:
Dear colleagues, I'm happy to tell you that, after a rather extended gestation, I have succeeded
on 04 Feb, Natasha Fowler wrote:
Dear Colleagues: Register now for the highly anticipated 13th annual IPI-ConfEx in Munich! Visit
on 30 Jan, Qin Meng wrote:
Looking forward to seeing more familiar faces at biotech conference!
on 29 Jan, Edlyn Simmons wrote:
PIUG, Inc., The International Society for Patent Information Professionals, is pleased to
on 15 Jan, Suzanne Robins wrote:
Perhaps the PIUG 2016 Annual Conference could include a panel discussion during the plenary

Recent PIUG Blog Posts

Roger West, Questel Retiree
Greetings PIUG, It is with great sadness that I share with you that Roger West, who retired from Questel after 25 years of service, passed away at the end of 2015. Roger was with his family in South Africa, and with his partner , Antero, at the time of his passing. Please Note:  There were 2 people in the PIUG community named Roger West:  One who worked for Dialog some years ago, and one who worked at Questel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Roger West, who worked at Questel,…
Join us for the Minesoft Workshop at PIUG Biotech 2016 on Monday February 22, 2016 at 1:00pm. Broaden Your Patent Search Horizons With The Latest Solutions From Minesoft Join this Workshop to explore the latest enhancements to familiar Minesoft products and to discover new additions to the Minesoft product range. We will take a look at recent enhancements to our global patent full text database, PatBase and PatBase Express, including a new Non-Patent Literature search component,…
Patent Searching can be a deceptively difficult, and yet vitally important exercise. There are over 70 million patents out there, and while there are very powerful keyword and classification codes that you use, the results are only as good as: The keywords and classification codes that you search by The keywords and classification codes used by the people who filed or examined the patents you are looking for. No matter how good your choices are, you are also reliant on these other people.…
Business strategist, as they plan a launch of their products will have to advertise their products through videos; will have to describe the features on a public platform. If exclusive rights are sought for the product and its features it becomes essential to at least file for patent right before launch. In order to obtain a patent for a product or an invention, it has to be novel, nonobvious and useful. Novelty criteria to be met,…


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PIUG Wiki Access and Member Benefits

View-only access to the public PIUG wiki space is available to all without registration or login.
Register and login to contribute to the PIUG wiki
  • Post topics, replies and comments
  • Add and edit pages
  • Add and edit news items
  • Watch pages to get email messages providing new or changed content
  • Create RSS feeds
  • Create personal favorites
  • Access functions available to PIUG members (described below)

Registration to the PIUG wiki is available to all individuals worldwide.

Some content and functions are reserved for current PIUG members.

Are you recognized as a PIUG member? Yes if you can view the PIUG Members-Only Resources page.

Granting access to the members-only content of the PIUG wiki is a manual process.  Contact the PIUG Wikimaster (wikimaster @ if you have paid current PIUG membership fees and still need access to PIUG Members-Only Resources. Members may view and update their PIUG Member Profile via the PIUG Member Benefits page.

PIUG Member Benefits include these PIUG wiki operations:
  • Access members-only content including proceedings for the  PIUG Annual (May), PIUG Boston Biotech (February), and PIUG Northeast (October) Conferences and PIUG salary surveys.
  • Use generic PIUG wiki login usernames for posting on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF): passwords, details and guidelines are available on a members-only page.
  • Create a Personal Space.
  • Edit access to training pages.
  • Add and edit space bookmarks.
  • Attach documents to wiki pages.
Other PIUG Member Benefits are listed below:
  • 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!
  • Reduced subscription rates such as for World Patent Information and Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst journals.
  • PIUG Membership Directory (members-only on the PIUG website).
  • PIUG Newsletter and Newsletter Archive Access. (The cover page of the most recent issue is available to all.)
  • Other survey data related to patent information, e.g. patent analytic practices.
  • Access to the PIUG LinkedIn group.
  • Ongoing professional training made available at PIUG conferences and sponsored workshops.

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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.