Working group


The Working Group PDV (Patent Database Vendors) acts as the partner for discussions on strategic developments with the major information providers. We aim to get insight into strategic plans of the vendors and provide them with information regarding needs and challenges of the PDG members. Therefore, the PDV is a link between the PDG members, representing their current and future requirements, and the main vendors, reporting their developments back to the members of the PDG.

The main tasks for the PDV Working Group are to:

  • Discuss information requirements with key information vendors or upcoming technology providers on a strategic level.
  • Represent the interests of the PDG members by maintaining influential and beneficial working relationships with key patent information vendors.
  • Monitor market development of existing and new vendors of information and tools of relevance for the role of patent information professionals in collaboration with other PDG working groups.
  • Communicate the outcome of the discussions to all PDG members.