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The Brian Stockdale Memorial 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 Thomson Reuters). 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 up to $2000 to cover travel and expenses plus registration in the conference, provided by PIUG. In addition, sponsors of fee-based workshops at the conferences may offer free registration as part of the award package.

Dr. Brian Stockdale

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, 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. 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 is usually about one month before the PIUG Annual Conference.

Past Brian Stockdale Memorial Award Recipients




Svetlana Korolev

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Victoria Bramfitt

Avantium Technologies


Eric Giannella

Stanford University


Antoine Blanchard

Paris-Grignon National Institute for Agronomy


Meredith Saba

Indiana University


Martin Wallace

Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine


Julia Parker

Biosearch Sleuth Services


Eulàlia Pinyol Ollé

Laboratorios Almirall


Kevin Manning

Ticona (now at Arkema Inc.)


Julia Heinrich



Jody Hoesly

University Of Wisconsin-Madison


Justin Foley

University of Michigan 2013

Talya Ponchek

University of Haifa, Mount Carmel 2014

Barbara J. Hampton

Sacred Heart University 2015

Ashley Brown

Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise


Youngbok Ryu

Pardee RAND Graduate School


Alla Azov

Ashdod, Israel 2018

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