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Below is a general outline of the conference schedule. (Timings are subject to change) Sunday 8 March 13:00 - 17:15 Educational Vendor Workshops 17:15 - 18:00 Networking Mixer Event 18:00 - 19:30 Welcome Reception & Exposition Monday 9 March 09:00 - 17:00 Conference Sessions & Exposition 18:00 - 21:30 Conference Gala Dinner & Networking Event Tuesday 10 March 09:00 - 16:15  Conference Sessions & Exposition 16:15 - 17:30 Educational Vendor Workshop Wednesday 11 March 09:00 - 15:00  Conference Sessions & Exposition
Programme Schedule
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International Patent Information Conference & Exposition
5 - 8 March 2017 - Rome, Italy
Registration Closed
IPI-ConfEx: Best Practices in Patent Information Management and Searching               Below is a detailed day-by-day outline of the conference programme to date. Use the following buttons to quickly navigate the programme
SUNDAY 8 March MONDAY 9 March WEDNESDAY 11 March TUESDAY 10 March
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome Remarks Ford Khorsandian - IPI Organisation
09:15 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Converse, Refresh & Vendor Demonstrations Take time to refuel and relax. Get the energy boost you'll need to make the most of the many opportunities that surround you! All refreshment breaks are located in the Exhibition Hall.
11:00 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:20
12:20 - 12:35
12:40 - 13:50
Conference Networking Lunch Enjoy the local cuisine in this buffet style lunch which offers the opportunity to meet new people or spend time with old friends.
12:35 - 12:40
Conference Announcements
13:50 - 14:50
14:50 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:00
Converse, Refresh & Vendor Demonstrations Take time to refuel and relax. Get the energy boost you'll need to make the most of the many opportunities that surround you! All refreshment breaks are located in the Exhibition Hall.
16:00 - 16:10
16:10 - 16:40
16:40 - 16:50
18:30 - 21:30
Conference Gala Dinner & Networking Event, featuring the IPI-Award Presentation All attendees are invited to be a part of this very special evening. The Gala Dinner offers an opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine and connect with peers on the first night of the conference.
16:50 - 17:00
IPI Legal Form: Focusing on Patent Law in the US and Europe and the Impact on Patent Searching
Current Views on What Could be Considered as Prior Art – A Review of Recent Developments in the EU and the US Beat Rauber - Global Head Quality Management Patents, European Patent Attorney, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. The legal definition and interpretation of what is considered as prior art is vital to everyone involved in the intellectual property arena. In light of some recent judgment from the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office, I will discuss what could be considered as information available in the public domain. Some emphasis will be put on the internet as a source of prior art. I will also look at the definition of prior art under the AIA (American Invents Act).
Uncover the Silver Bullet: Best Strategies of Preparing Post Grant Challenges Anthony Tridico – Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP The America Invents Act (AIA) has led to significant changes in the American patent system. One such change is the creation of the new post-grant patent challenges.  The USPTO expects between 1800 and 2000 post-grant challenges to be filed in 2015.  And one of the lessons we have learned from the proceedings is that they are very different from European Oppositions. These differences create unique challenges when preparing and conducting a prior art search in support of a petition.  We will discuss some of the unique aspects of U.S. post grant challenges and the best strategies for conducting a search and preparing a case.
IP Legal Forum Panel Discussion Interactive session with a panel of legal experts ready to answer your IP legal questions.
09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 09:45
10:00 - 10:45
Converse, Refresh & Vendor Demonstrations Take time to refuel and relax. Get the energy boost you'll need to make the most of the many opportunities that surround you! All refreshment breaks are located in the Exhibition Hall.
Specialized Searching: Validity Searching, FTO Searching and Legal Status Information
Discovering Unique Worldwide Options for FTO and Invalidity Searching Melissa Schneider - Client Services Manager, Technology & Patent Research International, Inc. This talk will discuss unique and alternative methods to effectively extend your worldwide invalidity or FTO searching objectives. TPR works with information and patent departments to bolster traditional online searches with on-the-ground, native language searching performed in specific countries of interest. While TPR offers on-location searching in at least 50 different countries, we will examine 5 of the most frequently requested countries to exemplify the advantages this approach can offer searchers and their clients.  
Prior Art Studies - Building on Traditional Techniques Sophie Bergeron - Patent & Scientific Analyst, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Co-Author: James L. Grant - Patent & Scientific Analyst, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Invalidity/Validity Studies may determine prior inventorship, ownership of technologies, or whether a patent will withstand an opposition or litigation attack.  Validity studies typically start with a known patent number and identification of specific claim(s) of interest, along with an earliest filing date.  With this information, searches are typically constructed using a combination of key words, chemical structures, sequence(s), backward/forward citation analysis, etc. to identify any references published before the critical filing date. This talk will focus on additional techniques to capture relevant prior art.  The following techniques will be discussed: Identification of “X” (Novelty) and “Y” (inventive step / obviousness) references from international search reports Patent Mapping (ambercite and other tools) Citation application from the IP5 High-Wire Fulltext Journals These additional steps may help the searcher to locate references that might otherwise have been missed.
09:45 - 10:00
10:45 - 11:25
11:25 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:10
12:10 - 12:25
12:25 - 13:45
Conference Networking Lunch Enjoy the local cuisine in this buffet style lunch which offers the opportunity to meet new people or spend time with old friends.
13:45 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:21
14:21 - 14:51
Patent Landscaping, Analytics and Text Mining - Tools and Techniques
Interpreting Visualizations – Presentation of “Big Data” to the Masses Jennifer Gallagher - Sales Engineer, Innography, Inc. Once a portfolio has been researched and all questions have been answered, how can a user present this data in a meaningful way? Customizable “big data” within the IP world - is that possible? Innography has grasped on to this concept where it’s important to show, not just tell, the results you gather from your corresponding analysis. Go beyond grouping results and see an innovating, interactive approach to presenting “big data”.
14:51 - 15:30
Converse, Refresh & Vendor Demonstrations Take time to refuel and relax. Get the energy boost you'll need to make the most of the many opportunities that surround you! All refreshment breaks are located in the Exhibition Hall.
From Defining Patent Landscapes to Searching, Sorting, “Large-Data” Analysis and Presenting the Results – Using practical examples to demonstrate the process and internally selling the final product Michaela Rasmussen – IP Search Manager, Coloplast Lisbeth Gauguin – IP Search Manager, Coloplast During the last year, we have in our department sought to define patent landscapes, in order to convince the organization of the impact of such landscapes when scoping new strategies and projects. Our learning is that defining such a product is not easy, since every new patent landscape looks different, and consequently the landscape is presented differently. During this talk, we will share some of the examples of landscapes we have made during the last year, including thoughts on how to search, how to sort the results, how to analyze, who are the receiving parties and finally how to present and sell the final product – all factors affecting the outcome.
Climbing the Pyramid From IP Information to Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Consulting – Using IP Landscaping Tools and Processes to Create Value for Upper Management Dr . Joakim Isaksson – Senior IP Intelligence Analyst, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S) supports Philips’ businesses in their growth, competitiveness and profitability. As part of this worldwide IP organization, the Business Intelligence team uses e.g. patent information for competitive intelligence and strategic recommendations. This presentation will give examples of the processes and tools utilized in daily IP landscaping practice. It will show how the way of working is used to move up the knowledge pyramid, from the foundation consisting of patent search results all the way to the top with strategic insights for value creation. The presentation will also illustrate that by constantly improving on a team level we can become and remain trusted strategic partners with impact sometimes reaching even the uppermost corporate pyramid tier.
15:30 - 15:45
16:15 - 17:30
09:30 - 10:00
Professional Development for Patent Information Professionals
Walking the Walk One Year On:  An update after one year of GSK’s CPD program for Patent Information Professionals Margaret Rainey - Manager, Patent Information, GlaxoSmithKline This update on last year’s talk “Walking the Walk” looks back at the establishment of a formal CPD system for patent information professionals within GlaxoSmithKline’s Global Patents Department, the benefits gained and the lessons we learned during its first full year in practice.
Current Developments in the Future Certification of Patent Information Professionals Susan Helliwell - Patent Searching Manager, RB Searching and understanding patent publications in an effective manner requires substantive knowledge and a variety of skills.  Since 2008, volunteers from the PDG, CEPIUG and PIUG have been collaboratively working together to create an international certification scheme for the patent information professional.  This presentation will provide an overview of the major milestones achieved to date and the current developments underway in establishing certification for the patent information professional.
10:00 - 10:15
Panel Discussion on Professional Development for Patent Information Professionals Learn what’s happening on a national level as well as what others are doing on a company level.
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
Poster Session, Converse & Refresh and Vendor Demonstrations Enjoy an unique and interactive poster session. Browse the posters on display and gather around the presenter for an unstructured discussion. Get more in-depth and propose questions. This session is sure to get your mind flowing and your networking going with this interactive forum
11:30 - 11:55
11:55 - 12:10
12:10 - 13:00
14:00 - 14:50
13:00 - 14:00
Conference Networking Lunch Enjoy the local cuisine in this buffet style lunch which offers the opportunity to meet new people or spend time with old friends.
Closing Remarks IPI Organisation
14:50 - 15:00
Inside the Innovation Lifecycle: Meeting the Needs of Your Innovation’s Stakeholders   Bob Stembridge - Customer Relations Manager, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters From discovery to delivery, a number of departments within an organization have a stake in an innovation’s success.  Join us to explore the various roles involved in the innovation lifecycle, understand their differing needs, and hear real-life examples of how their requirements can be proactively met..
EP Publications: Under the Bonnet Klaus Baumeister - Administrator Patent Documents & General Publications, European Patent Office The European Patent Office publishes more than 60,000 pages of patent applications and specifications every week.  EP patent documents are made electronically available in two flavours: in PDF/A and XML. The PDF format is for easy readability and intended to be used for printing and displaying purposes.  The XML format is for machine readability, input for search engines and automatic processing purposes.  The presentation will enlighten some of the difficulties to be solved during the production process of EP patent documents and explain how the EPO is planning to improve the editorial procedures to avoid misinterpretations in textual information of patent specifications.
Latest News from STN – Markush and More Dr. Thomas Stengel – STN Product Manager Patents & Chemistry, FIZ Karlsruhe This talk will review recent additions to the new STN platform such as the life science cluster, major patent full-text databases and the Patent Family Index. It will also give first impressions of upcoming engineering databases, and Markush content from CAS and Thomson Reuters on new STN.
IPI KnowledgeExchange™ Discussion Session Encompassing information within small to medium sized companies as well as large organisations. Followed by presentation to all delegates during the plenary session. Discussion topics include: A. Patent analytics and patent landscaping – Tips, tricks and practical solutions B. Invalidity and opposition searching – Best practices C. Considerations for Freedom-to-Operate Searching – How to read claims, legal status information especially Asian, and national phase information D. Legal status information – Looking at options globally E. Productivity with text mining – Tools and techniques F. Developments in Markush chemical structure searching G. Continuing professional development of patent information professionals
IPI KnowledgeExchange™ Report Backs Immediately following the interactive KnowledgeExchange session, a representative from within the group will give a 5-minute report back to the full conference group. The report back will summarise the discussion, highlight the key points, problems/questions that arose, lessons learned and conclusions.
New Tools for Creating Reports and Visualizations with Integrated Patent Families John Willmore – VP, Product Development, BizInt Solutions, Inc. This talk will describe how different patent families from various sources are handled in BizInt Smart Charts for Patents.  We will describe how records from different databases are linked, how to select and summarize data from related records, and how to build a composite family.
Transforming Big Data (Patent Data) into Patent Information and Improving Prosecution Strategy and Portfolio Analysis Craig Brown - Senior Director, Qualcomm Big data is an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process them using traditional data processing applications.  The challenges include analysis, capture, curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, and privacy violations. (Wikipedia) With patent data available from so many sources including PATENTSCOPE, European Patent Register, USPTO, Espacenet, US PAIR, Google bulk patent data, Reed Tech USPTO Data Portal, Derwent World Patent Index, SIPO, the Global Dossier and many other national patent offices, patent analytics is certainly a big data problem. I will discuss the combination of patent data from various sources and the use of patent information to improve prosecution strategy and for portfolio analysis.
Competitive Intelligence – New PatBase Analytics, New Tracker Products, Corporate Tree Rahman Hyatt – Director, Minesoft Discover how the latest Minesoft solutions can be employed as part of your organisation’s thorough competitive intelligence monitoring strategy. Keep an eye on the latest developments and trends in your field and closely monitor competitor patenting activity with two new automated tracker products for citation and legal status information. We will also show how you can get to grips with large patent data sets using the new Corporate Tree feature and Analytics software available in PatBase.
IPI-Award Announcement The winner of the prestigious 2015 IPI-Award will be announced live.
Portfolio Management and Ability to Exclude Others Gilles Cruanes - Director Europe – Sales, Questel   To successfully develop and manage an effective patent portfolio, operating companies need to consistently benchmark their assets against others in the market. This assessment can be based on objective industry specific IP indicators showing a patent portfolio’s ability to exclude others and what steps to take to sustain a competitive advantage. Segmenting your patent portfolio and understanding your IP environment Assessing your portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses Identifying opportunities and threats Comparing and evaluating closest art Sustaining and improving your market position
More on The Scientific Value of Patents – How Accessible and Useful is the Scientific Content of Patents vs. other Scientific Sources when put under the Text-Mining Microscope? Dr. Wolfgang Thielemann - Head of Information Retrieval and Analysis, Bayer Pharma AG Analyzing bibliographical information of patents for competitive intelligence is a common practice and can without doubt yield valuable insight. But how accessible and useful is the scientific content of patents; especially if current technologies as text mining are used to extract and analyze the scientific information? Often these tools where optimized to analyze abstracts of scientific publications and not patents. So how useful is what you get if you apply these tools and methods to patents which are structured so differently and which are not written with purpose to publish scientific facts? And how do the quality and comprehensiveness of results extracted from original full-text patents compare with results derived from added-value databases? This talk will particularly address the last question with examples from the field of pharmaceutical research.
Understanding Your Patent Examiner – A Data Driven, Systematic Approach to Patent Prosecution Richard Gynn – IP Training Analyst, LexisNexis In this talk we will take a look at some real data for some different example examiners to see how this could be insightful for some of the following things: Improved management of decisions around your patent prosecution - Improved understanding of the examiner for each of your applications, such as what is usual for that particular examiner, can allow you to tailor prosecution decisions to that particular examiner, more easily spot and interject where things may be going off course. Prosecution expense budgeting - Better understand likely timescales and what year costs are likely to fall into Evaluating external IP counsel - Direct comparison of performance at Examiner, Art Unit and Assignee levels
Trends and Value of WIPO Standards – From International Transmission, Exchange, Sharing and Dissemination to Access and Retrieval Young-Woo Yun – Senior Industrial Property Information Officer, WIPO WIPO Standards facilitate the harmonization of practices by industrial property offices regarding electronic data processing in respect of the procedures for filing, examination, publication, granting and registration of industrial property titles. WIPO Standards also facilitate the international transmission, exchange, sharing and dissemination of industrial property information (text and images), as well as access to and retrieval of this information. We would like to present, at the coming IPI Conference, what are the WIPO Standards, how Standards are developed and maintained, what is the current trend and what are the main benefits of using WIPO Standards. We would also like to hear users’ opinion on WIPO Standards. Our presentation will provisionally consist of: 1. Introduction to WIPO Standards 2. Recent and future activities on development of WIPO Standards including standardization on XML, legal status and sequence listing 3. Benefits and value of WIPO Standards for Patent Information
LifeQuest: A Novel Keyword Search Application for Life Science IP Analysis Richard Resnick - CEO, GenomeQuest, Inc. Biotech patent searchers are masters in the art of knowing which tools to use and when to use them to accomplish a wide range of research tasks. Searching text in the life sciences is fraught with challenges such as the overloaded use of words to name biological concepts (for example, the “slingshot” gene), and the complexity of biological concepts which forces biotech searchers to build and manage large lists of synonyms. We present here a unified framework for the comprehensive searching of both life science text and biological sequences in a single environment. The framework utilizes life science ontologies to aid the user in developing conceptual queries that avoid the typical challenges in biotech patent text..
Educational Workshop by Thomson Reuters: What’s New in Thomson Innovation 4.3 Benno Jensen - Team Lead, Solution Consultants, Thomson Reuters Want more ways to increase your workflow efficiencies and gain greater insight? That's what you get with the latest release of Thomson Innovation®. Join us for this informative workshop where we’ll review the latest enhancements, as well as practical tips to maximize their value.
Identifying Living Cells in Patent Production – Classification Systems Based Strategies for Effective Searches Luca Falciola - IP Manager, Promethera Biosciences Most countries worldwide include cells among patentable biological subject-matter, although some requirements may differ from one jurisdiction to another. In this field, keyword-based searching alone may prove to be quite inefficient for identifying patent documents disclosing cells of a given origin that present the desired properties and/or are suitable for specific medical or industrial uses. However, distinct codes within patent classification systems are extremely useful for establishing the subset of patent documents that can be browsed or further searched by keywords for identifying relevant hits. Some general guidance and specific examples in major technical fields where cells are commercially exploited (such as cell-based therapies, cell- containing devices, or equipment for cell culture) will be provided in the short presentation and in a poster.
What's New in Design Searching and Developments in Automatic Image Recognition Guido Moradei – CEO, Quaestio For many years doing reliable prior art searches amongst designs was considered a big challenge, or even something impossible due to the lack of sources, particularly online databases. But today industrial design has increased importance and many PTOs throughout the world has made available to the public their national database, giving searchers the possibility to get good quality information, including bibliographic data, legal status and images.  Besides, some multi-national databases now offer the opportunity to do one-shot searches amongst several registers and provide value-added tools to manage the results.  In the presentation these sources are examined together with keywords and classification search strategy, with a look to the latest developments provided by automatic image recognition.
Integration and Visualization of Non-Patent and Patent Information – Case Study and Perspective from Japan Tsutomu Kiriyama – Chair of PDG of INFOSTA and Guest Researcher of Japio At Japanese seminar for Patent Information Map Analysis (PIMA), I teach three important keys to new comers. 1. Learn Non-Patent Information to grasp the essential technology   in the topic field instead of Patent Information. 2. Mandatory goal image is necessary for PIMA in deductive method from the goal. 3. Mandatory hypothesis can be identified objectively and logically without a conflict through flagged Patent Information. To accomplish three keys, there is the royal road hidden in the bush in front of us. On the other hand there are four walls on the way to the goal. There is also the miracle royal road hidden to overcome them. We set new comers into simulation disciplines (case studies) as a pseudo-experience.
IPI MasterClass: What's in a Name? - Inventors, Applicants, Assignees, Proprietors, Opponents, Licensees, Plantiffs and Defendants - Part 1 Stephen Adams - Managing Director, Magister Ltd. The problem of names - whether of actual individuals or corporate bodies - is one of the most complex in dealing with patent information, but it strikes at the heart of understanding intellectual property as an asset which is owned, managed and traded.  Individual patent records and compiled databases may record what purports to be the same information in different ways.  Since name information is often dynamic as well, the question of updating or amending database records is also important, both to retain historical trends and to understand the current legal situation on ownership.  There are many challenges, and some solutions, to the questions of searching for patent assignment, during prosecution and after grant.  This session will examine both bibliographic and legal status sources to understand how name data are recorded (assuming that they are!), including questions of re-assignment in national registers, transliteration from non-Latin languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Cyrillic alphabets, and the "simpler" problems of Latin language diacritics and how they have been handled over time.
09:00 - 10:15
09:00 - 09:30
13:45 - 14:51
09:00 - 09:45
09:15 - 10:30
IPI MasterClass: What's in a Name? - Inventors, Applicants, Assignees, Proprietors, Opponents, Licensees, Plantiffs and Defendants - Part 2 Stephen Adams - Managing Director, Magister Ltd. The problem of names - whether of actual individuals or corporate bodies - is one of the most complex in dealing with patent information, but it strikes at the heart of understanding intellectual property as an asset which is owned, managed and traded.  Individual patent records and compiled databases may record what purports to be the same information in different ways.  Since name information is often dynamic as well, the question of updating or amending database records is also important, both to retain historical trends and to understand the current legal situation on ownership.  There are many challenges, and some solutions, to the questions of searching for patent assignment, during prosecution and after grant.  This session will examine both bibliographic and legal status sources to understand how name data are recorded (assuming that they are!), including questions of re-assignment in national registers, transliteration from non-Latin languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Cyrillic alphabets, and the "simpler" problems of Latin language diacritics and how they have been handled over time.
Sunday 8 March 2015
Educational Vendor Workshops, 5-Minute Networking Mixer and Official Conference Welcome Reception To view the full Sunday programme click here
Monday 9 March 2015
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Wednesday 11 March 2015
POSTER: Identifying Living Cells in Patent Production – Classification Systems Based Strategies for Effective Searches Luca Falciola - IP Manager, Promethera Biosciences Most countries worldwide include cells among patentable biological subject-matter, although some requirements may differ from one jurisdiction to another. In this field, keyword-based searching alone may prove to be quite inefficient for identifying patent documents disclosing cells of a given origin that present the desired properties and/or are suitable for specific medical or industrial uses. However, distinct codes within patent classification systems are extremely useful for establishing the subset of patent documents that can be browsed or further searched by keywords for identifying relevant hits. Some general guidance and specific examples in major technical fields where cells are commercially exploited (such as cell-based therapies, cell-containing devices, or equipment for cell culture) will be provided in the short presentation and in a poster.
Sunday 8 March 2015 Educational Vendor Workshops, 5-Minute Networking Mixer and Official Conference Welcome Reception Delegates are provided with further professional development and learning opportunities via a series of educational workshops. Attendance at these workshops is free for all registered delegates. For the Sunday schedule and details regarding workshops click here
POSTER: The “Patent Information Landscape” in Belgium – Organization and History of BEPIUG Dirk Rattat - Head of Infodoc, Umicore and Vice-Chairman of BEPIUG Only five years ago there was no common platform for patent information professionals in Belgium.  This poster will share how the Belgian Patent Information User Group (BEPIUG) was formed.  I will also outline the main goals of the organization, how it functions today (concept: “for the members by the members”) and the current national and international activities in which it is involved.
POSTER: The Patent Search Grand Prix (PSGp) in Japan: Present and Future Izumi Tsuzuki – Committee member of the Patent Search Grand Prix (PSGp) and Former Associate Professor of OIT (Osaka Institute of Technology) The Patent Search Grand Prix (PSGp; previously called PIRC (Patent Information Retrieval Contest) ) has been held annually in Japan since 2007. The participants use the PC/online databases at the examination venues to find answers to specific patent search questions. The inaugural event was held in 2007 in the city of Osaka and there were around 40 participants. The number of participants has gradually increased, and there was a total of 240 people at the October 25th event in 2014, which was held in two cities, Tokyo and Osaka. We have been continually improving our techniques of question preparation and discussing how to estimate each participant’s search ability. To begin with, there was a single level individual contest. However, from the 2013 event, it evolved into two levels; basic and advanced, and a team competition.  The organizer, IPCC, is planning a special event for it’s 30th anniversary this year, and there are plans to invite overseas guest participants. As one of the vice-chairpersons, I will introduce our activities and progress.
15:45 - 16:15
Breaking New Ground for Patent Searchers Stuart Doig - Senior Director, International Corporate Sales, ProQuest Dialog Learn new and unique ways of performing competitive intelligence, white space and prior art searches using the ProQuest Dialog platform. We’ll show you how to track companies, products and technologies across a diverse set of content while using a single interface.
Presentation of the European Salary Survey 2014 performed by CEPIUG in 2014 Linus Wretblad – Chair of CEPIUG In 2014, The Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) ran a salary survey among the patent information specialists on a European level including the national user groups. Now the results have been processed and analysed in order to present a European comprehensive summary as well as a national comparison. CEPIUG was founded in 2008 to promote both the sharing of experiences and expertise in patent searching across Europe, and the coordination of European efforts in the fields of education, training, as well as seeking to establish a suitable certification scheme for patent information professionals.