Registration is now open for PIUG's "Patent Information Fundamentals" course.  To register, click on this link:

Patent Information Fundamentals was formerly offered by PERI, the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute.  The course has been transferred to PIUG and will be held in New Brunswick, NJ, October 14-15, 2010, immediately after the PIUG Northeast Conference. It is not necessary to attend the Northease Conference to register for the course.

This course is an expanded version of the well known PERI Patent Information Course, which has been offered since 1989. It provides an overview of the patenting process, sources of patent information and the various means of answering patent information requests pertaining to chemical, electrical and mechanical technologies. The basics of U.S. and foreign patent laws, patent search techniques and resources, and the importance of exclusivity and patent term extension will be discussed.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for information and library staff, especially those new to patent searching, who need a comprehensive overview of the patenting process and sources of patent information. Individuals working in R & D who need a better understanding of patents and the patenting are also encouraged to attend.


  • Edlyn Simmons, Simmons Patent Information Service, LLC
  • Richard Elder, Esq., Schering-Plough Corp.
  • Ric Henschel, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLC
  • Sara Davis, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Judy Johnson Philipsen, Philipsen Chemical Patent Search, LLC
  • Anthony Arleth, Pennside Partners Limited
  • Dominic Demarco, DeMarco IP
  • Anthony Trippe, 3LP Advisors

Educational Objectives - Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how an invention is patented worldwide
  • Compare and contrast patent laws in different countries
  • Differentiate between what is disclosed and what is claimed in a patent
  • Identify some of the various sources of patent information available
  • Analyze the requirements for patent searches and utilize the principles for constructing a comprehensive search strategy for performing different types of patent searches

Key Topics

  • What is a Patent?
  • United States and foreign patent law
  • Patent Term Variations and How to Find Them
  • Why search patents?
  • How to read patents
  • Patent information resources
  • Patent searching techniques
  • How to find the patent status of a product
  • Reporting search results
  • Technical intelligence and patent mapping
  • Patent information from Asian countries
  • Chemical structure and biotechnology patent searching
  • Mechanical and electrical patent searching