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The patent searching industry has many guild-like qualities. Intellogist is a repository of information about patent search systems and patent searching itself. PIUG (the Patent Information Users Group) is a formal dues-paying organization promoting the interests of patent searchers and other IP professionals. In fact, in the PIUG Bylaws, it states that one of the main purposes of PIUG is:
To improve business conditions for, maintain and improve the qualifications of, and promote a common business interest for patent information professionals.
One of the ways this interest can be promoted is by spotlighting and helping along a new generation of patent information professionals. To this end, PIUG has created the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award. Read on to find out more about the award, why it’s important, and how to apply before the March 25th deadline!
The Brian Stockdale Memorial Award was developed in memory of Dr. Brian Stockdale, a luminary in the patent information world. To reflect his passion in training and helping along new professionals, the award is targeted to candidates with less than 3 years total work experience in the field of patent information. The recipient of the award will be granted:
- Membership in PIUG for the current year
- PIUG Annual Conference registration
- Standard travel expenses up to $2000 for the trip to the Annual Conference
To apply for the award, candidates must submit a short essay of 500 words or less “describing their professional or educational interests, as well as their need for financial assistance with respect to conference attendance.”
Submissions, including the essay and other relevant information, are due on or before March 25, 2011.
The PIUG Annual Conference is set to take place Saturday, May 21 through Thursday, May 26, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information on the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award, underwritten by Thomson Reuters, Technology & Patent Research International and PIUG, please see the PIUG official page.
This award is important for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is that it extends a welcome hand to those new to (or considering) the profession. Progress in any skilled industry is based upon the capture and transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next, and the patent information field is a prime example of this. Patent searching is rarely taught in a traditional university setting, and if it is, it is merely a component of another course or library seminar. Therefore, while not employing a traditional apprenticeship model, the patent information community is key to teaching the tricks of the trade to bright young professionals who may not have much, if any, patent searching savvy.
My experience with the patent community continues to be one of sharing and support, be it on Intellogist, the PIUG Wiki, LinkedIn, or through this blog. Bravo to PIUG for creating the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award and best of luck for everyone entering this year!
This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.