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Stephen Adams

Magister Ltd., UK

Stephen Adams completed a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at the University of Bristol, UK, followed by an M.Sc. in Information Science from The City University, London, UK.

For a number of years, he worked as a technical information searcher in the field of food science at the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food.

Following a period as editor of "International Packaging Abstracts" at Pira International, he moved to ICI Agrochemicals (later Zeneca Agrochemicals) to become their principal patent searcher in 1988.

He founded Magister Limited in 1997.

Between 2002 and 2006, Stephen served as the first non-US ‘Director at Large’ for the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG Inc). In 2014, he was re-elected as Vice-Chair of the same organisation

In May 2008, he received a Special Recognition Award from the PIUG. The citation recorded that this was in Recognition of:

Patent Information Users Group
  • Stephen's Tireless Service to PIUG,
  • Ten Years of Excellent Patent Searching Workshops,
  • Membership of the PIUG Board of Directors 2002 to 2006,
  • Having been voted Favorite Speaker Countless Times

He is also on the editorial board of World Patent Information, The International Journal for Industrial Property Documentation, Information, Classification and Statistics.

The aim of World Patent Information is to provide a worldwide forum for the exchange of information between people working professionally in the field of Industrial Property information and documentation and to promote the widest possible use of the associated literature.

In 2012, Stephen was named as the IPI-Award recipient by the Selection board of the International Patent Information Award for 2012.

World Patent Information

The PIUG recognised Stephen's achievements at a special dinner held in the PIUG Annual Meeting in Denver in 2012.

The IPI Award was established in 2000 to recognise and celebrate key individuals whose dedication has had a significant and lasting impact on patent information.

He is the author of INFORMATION SOURCES IN PATENTS, as well as numerous publications and articles.


To err is human – growing in experience as a patent information professional (II-PIC 2017)
Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams