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;

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