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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. 

The major advantages and benefits of PDG membership can be found on the website.



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 38 multinational companies from eight 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 .


Upcoming Meeting


EPO-PIC 2016 - November 8-10, 2016 (Madrid, Spain)

PDG Board Meeting - November 17, 2016 (Ludwigshafen, Germany)

PDG WG PDV - February 15-16, 2017 (Boxmeer, The Netherlands)

IPI-ConfEx 2017 - March 5-8, 2017 (Rome, Italy)

PDG WG IMPACT Meeting - April 20-21, 2017 (Madrid, Spain)

PDG AMC 2017 - May 18-19, 2017 (The Hague, The Netherlands)



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

Patent Documentation Group

Dr. Alexander Mullen
Secretary General