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What is the Patent Documentation Group?

The Patent Documentation Group (PDG), registered in Switzerland, is a non-profit organisation consisting of research driven companies which utilise scientific, technical, patent and other intellectual property related information for their business. 

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Striving to ensure that comprehensive patent information is made available and can be used by PDG member companies in an effective and efficient manner


The PDG, was founded in 1957 as a working group by thirteen European chemical and petrochemical companies, seeking to promote the effective and efficient use of patent information. It currently comprises 40 multinational companies from ten different countries engaged in a variety of activities ranging from the heavy automotive, engineering and petrochemical industries through to the high technology chemical, electronics, household / personal care products and life science disciplines. In the over 50 years since its conception, the organisation has developed and grown to a point where it now enjoys an unrivalled reputation in Europe as an indispensable partner in all efforts aimed at raising the quality as well as the enhancement of patent information .

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  • Thanks to an initiative of the PDG, which brought all parties together at the table, Aptean and Clarivate Analytics have developed the option to identify duplicate sequence search results between GQ-Pat and GENESEQ and optionally de-duplicate the results. Aptean announced this on 9 January 2019 via an email message, acknowledging the PDG.


  • Message from the ISBQPIP:

The period for applying for Prior Experience Recognition (PER) to become a Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP)  started on December 10, 2018 and will last until March 11, 2019 (11:59 pm Central European Time). For details see


Upcoming Meetings

PDG WG A&V meeting 28-29 January 2019 (Paris, France)

PDG WG PDV meeting 4-5 March 2019 (Hanau, Germany)

PDG (sub-)WG Biotechnology Information 18-19 March 2019 (Ulm, Germany)

SACEPO/PDI meeting 21 March 2019 (Vienna, Austria)

CPC Industry Users meeting 22 March 2019 (Vienna, Austria)

PDG WG IMPACT meeting 4-5 April 2019 (Stuttgart, Germany)

EPO East meets West 11-12 April 2019 (Vienna, Austria)

PatentSight Summit 16-17 May 2019 (Bonn, Germany)

PDG Annual Members Conference 23-24 May 2019 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

PDG WG R&E meeting 19-20 September 2019 (Liverpool, UK)

PDG WG PDV meeting 7-8 October 2019 (Ingelheim, Germany)

PDG WG IMPACT meeting 17-18 October 2019 (Mortsel, Belgium)

World Patent Information Journal - Special Subscription Offer for PDG Members


For information on Elsevier's attractive offer to PDG members for a private subscription to the journal - World Patent Information

- please click here

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