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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 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 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 Meetings


ICIC 2015 - October 19-20, 2015 (Nice, France)

PDG WG IMPACT Meeting - October 22-23, 2015 (Hanover, Germany)

PDG Board Telecon - 14:00 on October 27, 2015

EPO Patent Information Conference - November 10-12, 2015 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

PDG Board Meeting - November 17, 2015 (Ludwigshafen, Germany)

IPI ConfEx 2016 - February 28 - March 2, 2016 (Munich, Germany)

PDG WG IMPACT Meeting - April 14-15, 2016 (The Hague, The Netherlands)

PDG AMC 2016 - May 19-20, 2016 (Basel, Switzerland)

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




News from April 21, 2015

Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP) - Proposed Articles, Rules, Schedules and Overview 


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