PIUG, Inc., The International Society for Patent Information, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award are now being accepted. The deadline for applying for the PIUG Brian Stockdale Memorial Award is February 22, 2019. If you've previously applied for the award and believe you still qualify, you are welcome to update the essay you submitted earlier so you can be considered for the 2019 award.

Award Package
The award covers membership in PIUG for the current year, conference and workshop registration, and standard travel expenses up to an amount not exceeding $2000, to assist the award recipient in attending the PIUG Annual Conference, an International Conference for Patent Information Professionals. This award is generously underwritten by Clarivate Analytics, Technology & Patent Research International, Magister Ltd, Serco IP Services, Vingyani Data Science Consulting, and PIUG.

Background
This award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Brian Stockdale who travelled extensively throughout the world imparting his knowledge of patent searching. Brian's career encompassed positions with Derwent (now Clarivate Analytics), SmithKline Beecham, and Technology and Patent Research International. As Brian was so well known internationally and trained many patent information professionals, his work was highly regarded. Brian always relished each new search as a challenge and loved working with the people in this industry. Brian is dearly remembered by his friends and colleagues most of all for his dry wit, keen intellect, and ease of meeting people and socializing wherever he went. This is our tribute to his personal dedication in training colleagues, particularly those new to the field of patent searching.

Award Selection Process
The award recipient will be new to the patent information profession, with less than 3 years total work experience in the field of patent information. Alternately, the recipient will be a student currently enrolled in a college or university with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in patents, preferably a career in patent information.

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.

This year a new award committee consisting of Ken Koubek, Tony Trippe, Andrea Davis, and Dominic DeMarco will be selecting the award winner.

Essays must be sent to tony@patinformatics.com on or before February 22, 2019. The award recipient will be notified on or before March 8, 2019. The award recipient will be recognized during the PIUG Annual Meeting in Alexandria, VA, being held May 4-9, 2019.

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