Happy holidays and happy new year to everyone in PIUG. We actually had a fairly busy year in PIUG. We started out with the Biotech Conference in Boston. We had a successful Annual Conference in Atlanta. The Northeast meeting found a new location in New Jersey.
Stephen Adams gave two webinars on work that the Partnerships and Patent Offices Committee was involved in. One was on the work of the WIPO Legal Status Task Force and the other was on the work of the PDG (Patent Documentation Group) IMPACT working group.
PIUG participated in the CPAC Asia 2017 meeting. Cynthia Yang was the driving force behind our participation and John Zabilski, Yugong Cheng, Christopher Mazenc, Daming Chen, and Nigel Clarke participated as speakers in our session.
PIUG participated in PATINEX 2017 in Seoul South Korea. Kenie Ho of Finnegan Henderson represented us there and spoke on “Emerging IP and Litigation Issues for IoT Technologies in the US.” Cynthia Yang was instrumental in our efforts.
PIUG participated in Japanese Patent Information Fair and Conference (PIFC) meeting in Tokyo. We were represented by Dominic DeMarco.
PIUG participated in II-PIC meeting in India. We were represented by Stephen Adams.
A new one-day Introduction to Patent Searching course and the PIUG Freedom to Operate Fundamentals course were both offered on the west coast in the fall. A two-day Patent Searching Fundamentals course was offered in the spring at the USPTO.
We conducted a survey about our conferences in order to determine what changes could be made to make our conferences more successful.
Next year promises to be just as successful.
The Biotech Conference will be held February 20th and 21st at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Boston.
We settled on Alexandria, Virginia at the Westin Alexandria, close to Reagan National Airport and a short walk to both the Metro and the USPTO, for the next two Annual Conferences; the next one is scheduled for May 5th through the 10th. We are still accepting papers for the next Annual Conference. The 2018 Conference will include the 30th Anniversary Annual Gala Dinner to be held at the USPTO.
The Northeast Conference will be at the same location on October 8-10.
Please start thinking about nominations for the board for next year. We will need a chair, a vice chair, a secretary, a treasurer and a board member at large. We are also looking for a chair for the Electronic Communications Committee. Tom Wolff has generously agreed to continue the day-to-day work but we need someone to bring some strategic planning to the role. We also need a new chair for the Sponsorship Committee. Jane Thompson would like to begin training her replacement.
Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2018.
Thank you for a successful 2017 and I am looking forward to a productive 2018.