Blog from March, 2019

The Patent Information Users Group Northeast Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2019 NE Conference to be held on Tuesday, September 24 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.  This years theme is: Navigating Patent Information in a Flat World.


We are interested in papers from ALL sectors of the patent information community (chemistry, electrical, mechanical, software, pharmaceutical & biotechnology), and from ALL areas of the patent professional community (attorneys, agents, examiners, searchers (corporate and independent consultants) & tech transfer offices) on patent searching and analysis topics related to the following:

  • Patent search & analysis strategies supporting freedom to operate, licensing, acquisition & divestiture activities, patent/competitive/business intelligence landscapes, etc.
  • Examples of the changing patent law environment and recent patent case law, both domestic and international.
  • Illustrations of patent family organization from a database provider perspective, use cases on how patent professionals review patent families, such as what countries are of interest and why, and/or challenges on searching patent family equivalents.
  • Examples of recent use cases in all sectors of the patent information community.
  • Reporting formats and client engagement.
  • Approaches to fostering continuous improvement, i.e., use of a variety of search systems/tools, analytical &/or visualization applications, team collaboration and knowledge sharing practices.
  • Current and future technologies & tools.


General Guidelines for submitting proposal/topic/ideas:

  • Send your paper title, abstract (max. 200 words), speaker names, affiliation, brief biography and full contact information. Note: presentations are typically 30-45 min., followed by 5 min. Q&A.
  • Do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.
  • If you would like to recommend a speaker or a topic for a presentation please contact the PIUG 2019 NE Conference organizers, listed below, with your comments and suggestions.
  • Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG web site at and PIUG Discussion Forum/Blog.


Please email an abstract with your idea(s) to Shelley Pavlek ( 

Deadline is July 1, 2019 for full consideration, with July 31, 2019 as the final deadline for submission. 


Please share this notice within your greater patent information community to enhance our outreach efforts.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you at the PIUG 2019 NE Conference!


PIUG 2019 NE Conference Program Committee

Shelley Pavlek  (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;

John Marlin (ExxonMobil,
Yateen Pargaonkar  (ExxonMobil;

Leah Sandvoss (Pfizer;

Donald Walter  (CAS;

Hard to believe that we are gearing up for the 2019 annual conference.  Only a few weeks left on the early bird pricing.  This year we have two training courses on Saturday.  Sunday is a full slate of vendor workshops, then the PIUG business meeting and the opening reception.  Monday afternoon at the end the plenary is a workshop for the USPTO and EPO on changes to the CPC.  The awards banquet will be Monday evening.  Tuesday afternoon at the end of the plenary is a workshop from the EPO on patent insight reports.  Wednesday, the plenary ends at noon and the afternoon has 3 paid workshops and more exhibit time.  Thursday is the STN Patent Forum.   I think everyone will find many great educational opportunities.  Please see an19meeting for all the details.

We will also introduce a game on the meeting app in which you will get points for certain activities such as visiting vendors, attending talks and workshops and other fun things.  There will be daily winners and even some random drawings as well.

Thank you to all our sponsors and exhibitors 

Don't forget to stay at the conference hotel.  It is very important to our meetings that we have good hotel attendance.

We are coming up to the deadline for the Kaback award, so please get your nominations in.

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Martha Yates

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Here is a link to our blog post giving more details:

Here is a link to an article about it in the WPI journal:

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Anyone know the fastest way to retrieve ITC docket alerts? I set up alerts using ITC's EDIS alerts as well as Bloomberg Law but I hear there are sources out there that are faster. Does not appear to involve Lexis/Courtlink, Westlaw, Docket Navigator or CourtHouse News.


Mike W.