Apply for the Brian Stockdale Memorial Award to Attend the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference for Free!

The mission of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) is to “support, assist, improve and enhance the success of patent information professionals through leadership, education, communication, advocacy and networking.” This year, the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference will be held from April 27 to May 2, 2013 in Alexandria, Virginia at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, and the organization is again offering new patent information professionals the chance to attend the conference for free by entering to win the 2013 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award.  This annual award is dedicated to the memory of one of the world’s most talented patent information search professionals, Dr. Brian Stockdale, who traveled extensively throughout the world imparting his knowledge of patent searching.  Are you a student or a new professional with less than three years experience in the patent information field who wants to attend the PIUG 2013 Annual Conference?  Then you should submit an essay by February 8, 2013 to be considered for the 2013 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award, which offers an award that covers membership in PIUG for the current year, conference registration, and standard travel expenses to the conference.

Read on to learn about the entry process and awards package for the 2013 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award!

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The PIUG Brian Stockdale Memorial Award: Important for the Patent Community

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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!

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