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Our Story

British Patent Information Professionals (BPIP) is an informal group of UK-based representatives of organisations which have interests in patent information matters. Started in 1990 as the Derwent UK User Group, and later the Thomson Scientific User Group (TSUG), it has developed into an organisation of professionals who use a range of vendor products and services and have similar professional interests and concerns. 

Our Mission

To foster a network of patent information professionals as a forum for sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise, as developed through the application of a wide breadth and depth of skills within the specialism of patent search and analysis.

Our Members

Individual members are drawn from a range of industry types, including large corporations, public bodies, IP management and search & analytics services. The sectors they cover include chemicals, construction, energy, household appliances, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, electricals/electronics, engineering, medical devices, heavy industry, marketing & advertising and packaging.

Member Organisations
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This is a representations of the organisations from which BPIP members are drawn, they are not formally affiliated to the network.


51st BPIP Meeting
8-9th November 2022
Newport, South Wales

Office Conference
Team Discussion

The 51st BPIP Meeting will be a landmark event to celebrate the previous 50 meetings. This will be a hybrid, event, with the option of in person attendance as well as virtual for those unable to travel. It will be a 1.5 day meeting which will include 1:1 sessions with IPO patent examiners and a celebratory evening dinner. 


  • 50 Years - A trip down memory lane.

  • A selection of IPO presentations

  • Presentations from BPIP members 

  • Looking to the future - what will BPIP look like in 2030?

  • Conference/meeting feedback, sharing tips/tricks and new features



Talks by members and invited speakers on topics of interest.



From patent information conferences and external meetings, information about new products and patent information courses and qualifications.

Discussion Forum

Discussion Forum

Patent information-related issues.

Interactive Sessions

Interactive Sessions

Sharing searching tips and tricks: what is the "must have" tool; any new or recently discovered database features.



Opportunity to talk to and connect with patent information sector peers and experts.

Members Update

Members Update

New member introductions, membership statistics.

Meetings are held once a year, usually hosted by one of the member companies, and are coordinated on a voluntary basis by members of the group. Only members are able to to attend meetings. Membership is on an individual basis, and corporate views are not represented in any discussions.   

Contact Us
Contact us using the form below for more information or to join our  network.

There are no membership fees, however, membership is limited to patent and information searchers (patent information vendors are not members).

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