We are pleased to announce the detailed program for the 2014 PIUG Biotechnology Conference to be held on Monday February 24 to Wednesday February 26, 2014 at the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA.

Registration is OPEN!. Early Bird rates expires on January 21, 2014, so register soon.

The PIUG Biotechnology Meetings focus on methodologies and resources for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. This year’s theme is Staying on the Cutting Edge of Biotechnology Patent Searching.

Please watch this space for Workshops to be held Monday and Wednesday February 24 and 26, 2014. Workshops will be announced as they are finalized.

Looking forward to seeing you!

PIUG Biotechnology Conference Committee


Tuesday February 25, 2014

7:30 AM – Registration, Breakfast & Vendor Exhibits

8:00 AM - Welcome to the PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference – Helen Oen and Alison Taylor, Program Chairs

Session 1

8:15 AM - Hindsight analysis of litigation-based investigations on best-practice searching for non-litigation matters - David A. Casimir, Casimir Jones, S.C.

8:45 AM - Therapeutic Antibodies: Do's and Don'ts for Freedom-to-Operate and Patentability Searching - Briana Erickson, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

9:15 AM - Striding Along the Cutting Edge of Biopatent Searching - Barbara Miller, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR)

9:45 AM - Product Reviews

10:00 AM - Morning Break & Vendor Exhibits

Session 2

10:30 AM - The Impact of WIPO Standards on Sequence Searching - Tara Rix & Tasha Witham, Harbor Consulting IP

11:00 AM - Erroneous Patent Sequence ID Numbers in Major Sequence Databases - Ellen Sherin, Dupont

11:30 AM - Product Reviews

11:45 AM - Lunch & Vendor Exhibits

Session 3

1:15 PM – Development of CAMBIA, the Lens,and PatSeq Explorer - public global patent search resources  - Richard Jefferson - CAMBIA, Australia

1:45 PM - Patent Databases Available from SIPO with a Focus on Searching China Medicine Patents - Binqiang Liu, IP Law Master Student, UNH Law

2:15  PM - Product Reviews

2:30 PM - Break & Vendor Exhibits

Session 4

3:00 PM  - A “Cheat Sheet” for Exclusivities - Learning Across Functional Groups - Bo Peng . Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

3:30 PM - Discussion Panel - How I became a Biotechnology Patent Searcher  - Seth Mendelson, Gin Eggerichs, Ken Hoppe, Ellen Sherin, and Alison Taylor share their stories, followed by a Q&A session.

5:00 PM  - Closing Remarks

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