Launch of the Swiss Patent Information User Group – CHPUIG

Press Release


Neuchâtel, the 02.11.2017 – Patent information is a strategic resource for innovative companies all around the world. Data access, difficulties induced by Asian countries patent application increase or the need to master information processing software with increasing complexity are some of the challenges that the patent information users face.

To allow a free exchange of good practices and raise general public and major companies awareness of their profession, patent information user groups have been created in many European countries, based on the US PIUG model (Patent Information User Group).

Since such group didn’t exist in Switzerland, facing the need for a space of free exchange between professionals in a national economy relaying massively on Intellectual Property, several Swiss patent information professionals decided to create the CHPIUG – Swiss Patent Information User Group.

This association, created in September 2017, gave itself a double mission: allow professionals to meet and have free exchange about good practices and tools; present their profession to companies and general public with an emphasis on the strategic questions related to patent information. It also has the mission to allow interested professionals to train on patent information use.

The association is open to any professional interested in patent information, under the condition that his main IP operates sits in Switzerland.

For more information or to join the association:

David Borel
CHPIUG President

Charles Madore
CHPIUG Secretary

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IP management training in Paris, November 25

Corinne Le Buhan will be teaching IP management “From IP strategy to IP operations” at next IEEPI session in Paris this Friday, November 25. This professional training will help you learn about practical IP strategies and key IP management challenges from various business environments, how to define your own organisation IP strategy and how to implement it in practice with various IP development, enforcement and commercialisation tactics.

In this one-day session, emphasis is put on practical management tools and checklists, illustrated with case studies from various industries, and a situational workshop experimentation.

A couple of seats are available as last minute registration – don’t miss yours!