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Brian Stockdale Memorial Award

The application process is now open for the 2024 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award

About the Award

The annual Brian Stockdale Memorial Award was first presented in 2002 to provide support to new members to attend an Annual Conference. The award was established in honor of the late Brian Stockdale with initial funding by Technology and Patent Research International and Thomson Scientific (now Clarivate Analytics). Anyone new to the patent information profession, having less than 3 years total experience as a patent information professional or currently enrolled in a college or university with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in patents, may submit an essay detailing his or her experience and interest in patent information and need for support to attend the Annual Conference. The award consists of registration for the 2024 conference and a year's membership in PIUG. In addition, sponsors of fee-based workshops during the conferences may offer free registration as part of the award package. A list of past recipients and a video of the award presentation for 2021 can be found at  This year, the winner will also be receiving a copy of the 4th edition of the book, Information Sources in Patents, donated by Magister Ltd. on behalf of the author, Stephen Adams, whose personal commitment to the Award is due to the fact that Brian Stockdale was his first Derwent trainer. 

Dr. Brian Stockdale

This award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Brian Stockdale who traveled extensively throughout the world imparting his knowledge of patent searching. Brian's career encompassed positions with Derwent, 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 new   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. As one of the world's most talented patent information search professionals, he is sorely missed. This is our tribute to his personal dedication in training colleagues, particularly those new to the field of chemical 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. The deadline to apply for the 2024 Brian Stockdale Award is October 1, 2023, 11:59 PM US EST. Applications are welcome from all over the world and should be sent to We will notify the award recipient(s) of their success on or before October 31, 2023.

Dominic DeMarco
Brian Stockdale Award Committee Chair

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