Betreff: IPI-ConfEx 2018: Date, Venue and Call for Speakers

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Save the Date for IPI-ConfEx 2018

4-7 March 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal

The next International Patent Information Conference & Exposition, IPI-ConfEx, will be held 4 to 7 March 2018 at the Altis Grand Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. The 15th annual conference will feature a strong programme and is the ideal forum for continuing education, professional development, networking, and the sharing and benchmarking of best practice in the patent information industry.

Special Announcement for 2018

We are delighted to announce that Lucy Antunes (formerly Lucy Akers) will be leading the planning and development of the 2018 IPI-ConfEx conference programme.  Lucy is well known and widely respected for her extensive experience and knowledge of the patent information arena and for her past contributions and current involvement with patent information professionals and user groups.  For example, among other accomplishments, Lucy has served as a former Chair of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) for two consecutive terms.   
This background, together with her visionary perspectives and passion for the industry, makes Lucy the ideal person to compile a stimulating, practical and educational line-up of sessions and speakers for the forthcoming IPI-ConfEx.  Lucy is excited to be taking on the responsibility of this role and is looking forward to working with a wide range of contributors in addressing the key challenges and opportunities that exist for patent information managers and search professionals in the current technical and business climate.  

Call for Topics and Speakers

Call for Topics
What topics/issues would you like to see covered in 2018? Please take a minute now to provide your topic ideas for the 2018 conference. Please email your ideas to by 31 October (please list broad topics and specific aspects of those topics). 

Speaking Opportunities
Are you interested in a speaking opportunity at the 2018 conference? If so, we want to hear from you! IPI-ConfEx will continue to highlight best practices utilized by corporate patent information professionals with respect to searching, analysis and management of patent information.          

  • Can you share some best practices and time-efficient techniques for search and analysis for maximum impact and cost-effectiveness?
  • Do you have expertise in a particular search area that you could share with your patent information peers? Are you developing experiences in patent landscaping, text mining or other areas?  What’s working, what’s not working, and how are these technologies impacting your work?
  • What are you doing to deal with the aftermath of downsizing and outsourcing (rebuilding corporate libraries, etc.)?
  • What experiences do you have with legal status data (international standardisation, developing integrated systems, finding accurate information, etc.)?
  • IP policies and trends – what impact is Industry 4.0, the Unitary patent, IPR and post-grant challenges, etc., having on your department?
  • What are the considerations for the emerging markets?

Download the Call for Papers for IPI-ConfEx 2018

To submit your interest in speaking, send the following information to by 31 October 2017:

  • Name and contact details
  • Proposed presentation/poster title
  • Initial abstract (80 - 120 words)
  • Biography (2 or 3 paragraphs)

Vendors/suppliers/service providers should contact the conference organisers at for details on participation, speaking and exhibit opportunities.

Further details regarding the 2018 conference will be posted to the conference website ( in due course.

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We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!

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