Patent Information Users Group Accepting Applications for the 2012 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award

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It’s that time of year again, everybody! The PIUG 2012 Annual Conference is coming up in Denver, Colorado from April 28th through May 3rd. Once again the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award will be presented to go along with all the great presentations, networking, and official business happenings.

Sound familiar? You may recall us promoting the importance of the award last year.

The Brian Stockdale Memorial Award continues to be a great tradition kept alive by PIUG to recognize and promote new talent within the patent information field. Even if you aren’t a newcomer, I’ll bet you know someone who is and would be deserving of a nomination, so please read on to find out exactly how to participate in the award selection process!

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

The award is underwritten by Thomson Reuters, Technology & Patent Research International and PIUG.

To quote the PIUG informational page directly:

Potential candidates must submit a short essay, not to exceed 500 words, describing their professional or educational interests, as well as their need for financial assistance with respect to conference attendance. Submissions must include the candidate’s name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address as well as a description of his or her patent information experience and current employer/university name and address.

Essays must be sent to edlyns @ on or before March 2, 2012. The award recipient will be notified on or before April 2, 2012. The award recipient will be recognized during the PIUG annual meeting in Denver.

I’d like to personally stress the significance of this type of recognition. We need to continually inject the enthusiasm and perspective of new talent into the patent information field. No industry grows completely from within. Young or old, having new people take up the various professions that surround this industry helps add new light to what we all do every day. Take some time out of your day to pass this along or even to urge someone who fits the requirements of the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award to submit an essay–we are all beneficiaries of stressing this important aspect of our professional lives.

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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 searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.


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