Past Contests & Competitions

2011 Allen J. Hoover Memorial Award


The DePaul College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT) is accepting applications for the 2011 Allen J. Hoover Memorial Award.

The family of Allen J. Hoover and the law firm of Wood Phillips created this $5,000 award in memory of the late Allen J. Hoover, who earned his law degree from DePaul in 1965. This award will be given to a May, 2011, graduating DePaul JD student who is expected to make the greatest contribution to the practice of intellectual property law as determined by the College of Law. The award will be presented by the firm at a reception held at the College of Law.

Students who wish to be considered for this award must submit the following:

  1. A current resume
  2. A copy of your unofficial transcript
  3. A statement of no more than two pages explaining why you feel that you will make a strong contribution to the field of intellectual property law during the course of your career.


The deadline to submit applications is February 24, 2011.

Please e-mail your applications to CIPLIT Associate Director, Ellen Gutiontov at egutiont@depaul.edu


Berkeley Technology Law Journal 2011 Writing Competition


BERKELEY TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL 2011 WRITING COMPETITION

1st Prize: $2,000 & Publication in the Fall 2011 issue of BTLJ*
2nd Prize: $750
3rd Prize: $500

TOPICS: We will accept submissions on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 5pm PST on Feb. 25, 2011.

RULES:

  1. The competition is open to all J.D. candidates.
  2. Each student may submit only one entry.
  3. Submitted papers must be unpublished. Papers must be no more than 50 pages long, including footnotes. Do NOT use endnotes. Margins should be 1”, minimum. Body text must be doublespaced. Font must be Times New Roman or a similar serif font, and 12 point. Footnotes may be 10 pt and single-spaced but there should be a space between notes. Citations must conform to the 19th Ed. of The Bluebook. Submissions are judged anonymously, so the author’s name should not appear anywhere on the paper.
  4. To submit electronically, please send the completed cover sheet and a copy of your paper to btljwritingcompetition@gmail.com. Submissions MUST include a signed cover sheet that may be downloaded from the Journal website.

    Submit an electronic copy of your (1) paper and (2) cover sheet to:
    btljwritingcompetition@gmail.com

  5. Winners will be notified and final results will appear on the Journal’s website in late spring. Due to the large number of entries, the Journal cannot contact other entrants.

Visit http://www.btlj.org or e-mail btljwritingcompetition@gmail.com with questions.

Michelle Ma & Kelly Yang
Notes & Comments Editors
Berkeley Technology Law Journal


Please click here to down the Cover Sheet for the competition.


*To be eligible for publication, the winning article must meet the Journal’s publication standards.


2010-2011 Ladas Memorial Award Competition

Attention Students, Practitioners and Academics:
Don't forget to submit your papers by January 17

The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is open to all students, practitioners and academics interested in trademarks and trademark law.

Sponsored by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP, the Ladas Memorial Award Competition was established in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author Stephen P. Ladas.

Student Category
Authors must be enrolled as either full or part-time law or graduate school students. For students outside the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.

Professional Category
Authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions regarding level of experience or years in practice apply.

Awards
Award winners will be announced in April 2011! Winners receive US $2,000 each and a set of Stephen P. Ladas' three-volume treatise.

Funding for the Ladas Memorial Award is provided by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP.


For more information, please click here.
For the rules, please click here.



Allen Hoover Memorial Award

The DePaul College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) is accepting applications for the 2010 Allen J. Hoover Memorial Award.

The family of Allen J. Hoover and the law firm of Wood Phillips created this $5,000 award in memory of the late Allen J. Hoover, who earned his law degree from DePaul in 1965. This award will be given to a May, 2010, graduating DePaul JD student who is expected to make the greatest contribution to the practice of intellectual property law as determined by the College of Law. The award will be presented by the firm at a reception held at the College of Law.

Please submit the following:

  • A current resume
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript
  • A statement of no more than two pages explaining why you feel that you will make a strong contribution to the field of intellectual property law during the course of your career

The deadline to submit applications is February 5, 2010.

Please e-mail your applications to Associate Director of CIPLIT®, Ellen Gutiontov, at egutiont@depaul.edu.


The Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition - 2009

Sponsored by:Altacit Global & The Virginia Journal of Law and Technology

Topic for the 2009 Competition:
The Varying Treatment of Patentable Subject Matter

Submission Deadline:
December 15, 2009

Eligibility:
Open to Law Students of Indian and American Universities, Colleges and Institutions

Submission Guidelines:
Refer to the Competition Website for details.

Certificates:
All entries in compliance with the Submission Guidelines will receive a certificate of participation.

Winners and Awards:
Two Winning Papers will be selected amongst the submissions by the Editorial Board and will receive cash awards:
Winner – $ 500
Runner-up – $ 250

Publication:
Winning entries will be considered for publication in the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology at the discretion of VJOLT.

For more information, please see the Competition Website.


Mark T. Banner Scholarship

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is pleased to announce that it is offering a scholarship for law students in intellectual property law. Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. Recipients of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.

The scholarship is named for a beloved former Master of the Inn, Mark Banner. This Linn Inn Mark T. Banner Scholarship is available with applications being taken nationally, now through October 9, 2009. The scholarship awards will be announced in the spring, and funds will be available for the fall semester in 2010. More information on the scholarship is attached, with an application form and instructions.

For more information including how to apply, please click here.


Write-On Competition

The DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law will be hosting its annual spring write-on competition beginning Monday, March 30th. The competition is open to all 1Ls, 2Ls, and part-time 3Ls. Applications will be available outside the Journal's office (Room 712) starting Monday, March 30th at 6pm. All applications must be returned by Monday, April 6th at 6pm to the Journal's office.

If you have any questions please contact Grace Pyun at gbpyun@gmail.com.


McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship 2009

ELIGIBILITY:
Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse background that, in the law firm's view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS:
The Firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12 weeks following the recipient's completion of his/her first year of law school. Position is part of McAndrews' Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation.

The firm intends to award a $5,000 fellowship on or about September 1, 2009, at the completion of the clerkship.

As a summer associate at the McAndrews office in Chicago, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow's professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. Given the collegial culture of McAndrews, the Diversity Fellow will also establish rewarding relationships with other attorneys.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applications will be accepted December 1, 2008, through January 15, 2009. In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. Applications must include the following:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA); and
  • 500-word personal statement explaining why you wish to pursue a career in patent law, why you are interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how your background and/or life experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.

Submit completed application and materials to:

McAndrews, Held, & Malloy, Ltd.
ATTN: Diversity Fellowship
500 West Madison Street, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661

For more information or to download an application, please click here.


Write-On Competition for the Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law

DePaul's Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law will be hosting its spring write-on competition beginning Friday, March 28th at 12 pm. The competition is open to current 1Ls, 2Ls, and part-time 3Ls. Applications will be available outside the Journal office, Room 712, and will be due on Monday, April 7th by 6pm. Applicants will be required to summarize a case provided by the Journal, complete a bluebook quiz, and submit a resume and personal statement. Any questions regarding the write-on competition should be directed to Kat Formeller at kformeller@gmail.com.


Franklin Pearce Law Center's IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review Second Annual Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition

IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review is proud to announce our Second Annual Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition. We are looking for original, publishable papers addressing compelling issues in intellectual property law.

The awards include: $500 and publication in IDEA® for first place, $200 for second place, and a one year subscription to IDEA® for third place. All submissions must be postmarked by Friday, April 25, 2008 and sent to the address above. Submissions must include an entry form that can be found on our website here. Winners will be announced May 6, 2008.

Posted March 6, 2008


2008 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announces the 69th Annual Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition

Subject: Copyright Law

Local Competition
(Awards at each participating Law School)
First Prize: $600
Second Prize: $250

National Competition
(Judged by a panel to be selected by, and in the sole discretion of, the Copyright Society of the USA)
First Prize: $3,000
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,000

Copies of the Rules Governing the Competition, may be secured at the office of the Dean or at the ASCAP website.

Winning papers must be certified by the Dean to the Society by June 30, 2008.

For additional information, please call ASCAP (212) 621-6280 or email to NBMC@ASCAP.com

All papers must be submitted to CIPLIT by May 1st.


Foley & Lardner Intellectual Property Writing Competition

Foley and Larnder LLP will award one $5,000 grand prize to a first year law student and one $5,000 grand prize to a second year law student in their Intellectual Property Writing Competition. Acceptable topics for the competition are as broad as a candidate's initiative, creativity, and vision. Some examples of past topics include, but are not limited to: focus on metrics or other measurements of intellectual asset management performance, protecting IP rights to maximize competitive opportunities, extracting untapped value from IP, and auditing patents to determine whether they should be enforced, licensed, donated or terminated.

Deadline May 15, 2008

For more information, including all submission crieteria and prizes, please click here.

Posted April 18, 2008


Federal Circuit Bar 2008 George Hutchinson Writing Competition

The Federal Circuit Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2008 George Hutchinson Writing Competition. The topic is directed to a subject within the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Students interested in the competition can contact Alexandra Manolas, Administrative Coordinator of the 2008 George Hutchinson Writing Competition at amanolas@usebrinks.com.

For more information, including all submission rules, please click here.

Deadline June 30, 2008

Posted April 18, 2008


Section of Science & Technology Law - Student Writing Contest 2008

The SciTech Section has established a new law student writing contest designed to encourage law students to write on subject related to science and technology law that encourage a leading edge view or innovative take on a selected theme.

The theme for the 2008 contest addresses the phenomenon of online social networking:
The Internet has increased social networking in unprecedented scope and degree, not only for adults but also for children and teens. Some sites, such as MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, have a sweeping range of participants. Others are narrowly focused, such as blogs geared to patient interest groups, including those at Patient Advocare and Children With Diabetes. With this seemingly limitless opportunity for networking and sharing personal information have come questions about privacy. What are the privacy issues presented by these new technologies? Can current privacy laws and regimes adequately address the issues of this continually evolving new world?

The winner will receive a trip to the August 2008 ABA Annual Meeting in New York City and may have his or her submission published in the Section publication The SciTech Lawyer. All submissions are due March 1, 2008, and the winner will be notified by June 1, 2008.

Full contest rules and submission criteria can be found here.


McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship 2008

In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. is proud to announce its 2008 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship is expected to be a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.

Eligibility
Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.

Program Components
The firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12 weeks following the recipient’s completion of his/her first year of law school. The position is part of McAndrews’ summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation. The firm intends to award a $5,000 fellowship on or about September 1, 2008, at the completion of the clerkship. As a summer associate at the McAndrews office in Chicago, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. given the collegial culture at McAndrews, the Diversity Fellow will also establish rewarding relationships with other attorneys.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted December 1, 2007, through January 7, 2008. In-person inter¬views with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis from December 8 through January 27, 2008. Any fellowship awarded will be announced on or before about January 27, 2008.

Applications must include the following components:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA);
  • Legal writing sample;
  • At least one letter of recommendation; and
  • 500-word personal statement explaining why you wish to pursue a career in patent law, why you are interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how your background and/or life experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.

Submit completed application and materials by Jan. 7, 2008, to:
McAndrews, Held, & Malloy, Ltd. ATTN: Diversity Fellowship
500 West Madison Street, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661

For more information, the official rules and an entry form, please click here.


Robert C. Watson Award

To be presented on October 24, 2008 at the 2008 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Watson Award of $2,000 is awarded to the author of best article on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property written or published between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.

Rules:

  • To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full time attendance at a law school (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course.
  • The article must be submitted to the American Intellectual Property Law Association on or before June 30, 2008.
  • Papers should be approximately the equivalent of 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy).
  • Submission of 20 copies is required.
  • Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, and employment information, if applicable.

Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2007.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the Watson Award on October 24, 2008.

Send articles to:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Watson Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-415-0780

For more information, please visit the AIPLA website by clicking here.


AIPLA Quarterly Journal Publication Staff Competition

The AIPLA Quarterly Journal selects its Publication Staff through a competition held each year in the spring. Students who have two full academic years remaining in an ABA-accredited law school, e.g. first-year full-time J.D. candidates or second-year part-time J.D. candidates, are eligible to compete. The Publication Staff's responsibilities are similar to that of members on other student-run journals and are coordinated by several student editors, selected each year from among the first-year Publication Staff.

Staff selection is announced in August and terms run from late August 2008 through May 2010. Membership in AIPLA is required for the duration of the term.

Students who wish to compete must submit (by fax or by mail) a Request to Compete form and a signed copy of the Candidate Agreement, by close of business (5 p.m.) on Friday, March 7, 2008. Competition packets are mailed to arrive at the candidate's address on March 14, and must be returned by mail, postmarked no later than the following Monday.

The Quarterly Journal is a publication of AIPLA, one of the largest private bars of intellectual property attorneys in the world. The Quarterly Journal is run through the efforts of the Editorial Board, the Publication Staff, and Administrative Staff, all coordinated by the Editor-In-Chief.

The Publication Staff is coordinated by four Executive Editors, three Articles Editors and three Notes Editors. These editors are selected each year from among the first-year Publication Staff. The Publication Staff has its office at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Residency in the Washington area is not required for a staff member position. However, residency may be a factor should you choose to apply for one of the ten Editor positions in your second year with the Quarterly Journal.

Staff members serve for two academic years beginning in August, including the intermediate summer. An orientation, available on video for non-local national members, is held in late August. During the first year, each staff member is required to complete one legal note of publishable quality on a topic (related to intellectual property) approved by the faculty advisor and the production staff executive board. Staff members are also required to complete assigned articles editing assignments on a timely basis.

Law students interested in participating on the Publication Staff should direct inquiries to:
AIPLA Quarterly Journal
Attention: Executive Notes Editor
2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-8620
Fax: (202) 994-8626
E-mail: QJ@aipla.org

For more information, please click here.


AIPLA Fellows Award

To be presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the AIPLA Fellows Award of $2,000 is awarded to the author of best article relating to: Issues relating to the protection of business methods. Articles must be original and written between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, and must not have been published prior to submission.

Rules:

  • To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a current AIPLA Student member in full time attendance at a law school (day or evening) for at least one semester or equivalent during the term of the completion.
  • The article must be submitted to the American Intellectual Property Law Association on or before June 30, 2008.
  • Papers should be approximately the equivalent of 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy).
  • Submission of 20 copies is required.
  • Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, and employment information, if applicable.
  • In addition, the submission must include a CD that has a file with the paper saved in either Word or Word Perfect.

Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it relates to the assigned topic and displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2007.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the AIPLA Fellows Award in October during the 2008 Annual Meeting. The winning paper will also be distributed as part of the materials for the AIPLA 2008 Annual Meeting. The winner will be required to sign a publication release to allow AIPLA to publish the paper.

Send articles to:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
AIPLA Fellows Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-415-0780

For more information, please click here.


Nominate Your Favorite IP Professor for the:
2008 Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence of Trademark and Trade Identity Subjects

This program was established to honor the well-known Chicago practitioner, Beverly W. Pattishall, a pioneer in the development of trademark law in the United States. Throughout his long career, Mr. Pattishall, who died on November 23, 2002, made significant contributions to the field of intellectual property law and to the advancement of legal education.

This program recognizes educators in the business and legal fields for outstanding instruction in the trademark and trade identity field. The award is presented every four years to the university or graduate school academic, nominated by his/her peers or students, who best exemplifies the qualities of excellence and innovation in teaching subjects related to trademarks and trade identity.

The medal includes a cash award of US $2,500. INTA also provides a travel stipend to help cover the expenses of the recipient's travel to receive the award at the INTA Gala at the Annual Meeting.

Official Rules:

  • The Pattishall Medal is open to business, marketing, technical and legal teaching professionals at the university and graduate school levels throughout the world.
  • To qualify as a "teaching professional," an individual must currently serve, or have served within the last three years, as a full-time, part-time, or adjunct professor or lecturer at a college, university graduate school or law school, and must be engaged in teaching a course or program broadly related to trademark or trade identity subjects.
  • Trademark and trade identity subjects may include business, marketing, advertising and legal courses that address issues involving trademarks, unfair competition, brand names, branding, trade identity, trade dress, product packaging and design.
  • Teaching professionals must be nominated for the Pattishall Medal by one or more of either their peers or current/former students. Peers include faculty (professors, lecturers, etc.) or academic administrators (heads of schools/deans) currently employed at the same academic institution as the nominee, or who know the nominee through professional association. Students include both current and former students who believe that the nominee influenced their lives and careers in a positive and profound way.
  • Persons wishing to make a nomination must complete the official nomination form, located at the link below.
  • Selection is made by an independent committee and is subject to INTA approval. Criteria for selection include excellence in teaching as demonstrated through: Professional and/or academic recognition; Peer and student evaluation/nomination; and Innovation in methodology and commitment to education in the field of trademarks and trade identity.
  • The 2008 Pattishall Medal winner is expected to be announced in April 2008.

Nominating forms and all supporting materials must be submitted by January 25, 2008 to:
Pattishall Medal
The International Trademark Association
655 Third Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017-5617
+1 (212) 642-1777; Fax +1 (212)768-7796
pattishall@inta.org

For official rules and a nomination form, please click here.


Ladas Memorial Award 2007-2008

The Ladas Memorial Award was established and is supported by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author Stephen P. Ladas.

The Award is presented once a year in two author categories, Students and Professionals. In each category, the Award is given to the best paper on the subject of trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. The purpose of the Award is to provide an incentive to further develop interest in the field of trademark law and to enhance the general understanding of this discipline.

The Student and Professional winner of the Ladas Memorial Award is recognized by a US $2,000 cash award, and a set of Dr. Ladas's three-volume treatise. Award winners will be invited to attend the 2008 INTA Gala in Berlin, Germany at INTA's 130th Annual Meeting where they are recognized before the outstanding volunteers and leaders of the Association. Winning papers will be posted on the Academics section of INTA's website.

Ladas Official Rules:

  • The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is open to all students, practitioners and academics interested in trademarks and trademark law.
  • To be eligible to compete in the Student category, authors must be enrolled as either full or part-time law or graduate school students. For students outside of the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.
  • To be eligible to compete in the Professional category, authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions regarding level of experience or years in practice apply.
  • Eligible papers include both original unpublished manuscripts and published articles that are submitted or otherwise come to the attention of INTA by January 11, 2008. To qualify, published articles must have been first published no longer than one year prior to the January deadline.
  • The subject of the paper must be trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks, and the paper must be a product of the author’s original thought and scholarship.
  • The entry must either be in the English language or be accompanied by a translation in the English language. All papers must be type-written or typeset. Please include a cover page with your entry that lists the title of your paper, your affiliation and contact information.
  • Papers will be judged according to the following criteria: nature, breadth and timeliness of subject(s) addressed; originality of subject and of thought; extent of research and scholarship; and quality of writing.
  • The judges further reserve the right to withhold an award in any year in which none of the papers considered meet the high standards of the Award.
  • Notification of the Award winners will be in April 2008.

Papers must be submitted by January 11th, 2008 to:
Ladas Memorial Award
International Trademark Association
655 Third Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017-5617
USA
+1 (212) 642-1777; Fax +1 (212)768-7796
ladasaward@inta.org

For more information, please click here to visit the International Trademark Association's website.


The 10th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

In its tenth year, ELI is designed to forge a connection between the Recording Academy's creative and technical constituency and the legal community. ELI promotes discussion and debate on the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The initiative also promotes future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.

ELI is composed of three major elements: a national legal writing contest, a seminar series held at nationally prominent law schools, and a high profile scholarship luncheon held during GRAMMY week. The luncheon, attended by music attorneys, executives, and law students has become a singular event for the entertainment business community during GRAMMY Week. The contest challenges students to identify and research a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry and propose a resolution. A national panel of legal experts will judge the papers, in a blind process, and select the five finalists.

The scholarship is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA), and the winning papers will be published by the GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries in concert with a major legal review journal.

Contest Rules:

  • This competition is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. LLM candidates are not eligible.
  • Entrants must be a currently enrolled student as of January 1, 2008.
  • Co-authorship of a manuscript is not permitted in the contest.
  • Each author may submit only one entry.
  • Previous winners and/or finalists are ineligible.
  • Authors must research and identify a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry, and propose a solution.
  • Three copies of the manuscript, as well as an electronic copy (on CD, DVD or 3 ˝" floppy disc) must be submitted. Manuscripts must be delivered to the GRAMMY Foundation (3402 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405) and must be postmarked no later than December 20 2007. Facsimile, telefaxed or emailed submissions are not permitted. Late manuscripts will not be considered.
  • Manuscripts, including endnotes, shall be no longer than 3,000 words including footnotes. Entrants must use The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, for citation style. Current contact information including address, phone number and email address should accompany the manuscript.
  • Entrants' names shall not appear on the manuscript, but shall appear on a separate title page to be removed when a number is assigned to the entry. The title page should also contain a one or two sentence synopsis of the article.
  • Manuscripts will be judged on: (1) clarity of expression (organization, clarity of presentation, spelling, grammar), (2) originality of thought (uniqueness of topic), (3) depth of analysis, (4) relevance to industry, and (5) essay requirements (whether the essay conforms to the contest rules).
  • Each manuscript submitted shall be accompanied by a letter from the author in which he or she certifies that the article submitted has not had prior publication, that it is original work prepared by the author alone for this contest, and that the author transfers ownership to the GRAMMY Foundation.
  • Winners will be announced on or before February 1, 2008.
  • Awards will be distributed as follows: $5,000 for first place and $1,500 for each of four runners-up. All five finalists receive 1 GRAMMY Awards ticket, hotel accommodations, round trip airfare, 1 ticket to the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, 1 ticket to MusiCares® Person of the Year dinner, and an invitation to the GRAMMY Nominee Reception.

Additional Information:

For additional information, please contact Marisela Huerta at the GRAMMY Foundation; 310-392-3777 ext. 8691 or by e-mail at mariselah@grammy.com, or loren.fishbein@grammy.com


GILES SUTHERLAND RICH MEMORIAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION

Professor Barbara Bressler is seeking to determine whether there are qualified students interested in competing in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. CIPLIT is considering sponsoring one two-person team to compete in this patent law moot court competition.

The competition will be held at the regional level in Chicago on the weekend of March 14-16, 2007. Winners of the regional competition would compete in Washington, D.C. on April 16-18, 2007.

If you have taken the IP Survey or the Patent Law course and would like more information about this competition, please contact Professor Professor Bressler.

For the complete contest rules and more information on the Moot Court problem, please click here.


Write-On Competition: Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law

The DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law will hold its Fall Write-On Competition beginning Friday, August 31, 2007.

At 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2007, write-on application packets will be available outside the Journal office, room 712. Any questions regarding the write-on competition should be directed to the Editor-in Chief, Brian Sanchez, at depaul.jatip@gmail.com.

General Applicants:

This competition is available to anyone who has successfully completed one year of law school, including part-time students. The application requires a writing sample on a pre-selected topic, a Bluebook quiz, a resume, and a personal statement.

Summer 2007 Law Review Applicants:

Those applicants who attempted to write on to Law Review this summer may submit their Law Review writing sample to fulfill the writing requirement of this competition. By filling out the appropriate form in our application, the Editorial Board will access your Law Review writing sample from TWEN. Only articles written for the DePaul Law Review 2007 Write-On Competition and properly uploaded to the TWEN web site will be considered as a substitute for the writing requirement of this competition. You may not revise your Law Review article submission. You must comply with all other requirements of the application.

All Applicants:

In order to be considered, all applications must be dropped in the box outside the Journal office door no later than Monday, September 10, 5:00 p.m. Any incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Selected writers will be required to attend a mandatory meeting on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. Any questions regarding the write-on competition should be directed to the Editor-in Chief, Brian Sanchez, at depaul.jatip@gmail.com.


Robert C. Watson Award

To be presented on October 19, 2007 at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Watson Award of $2,000 is awarded to the author of best article on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property written or published between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.

RULES:
To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full time attendance at a law school (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course. The article must be submitted to the American Intellectual Property Law Association on or before June 30, 2007. Papers should be approximately the equivalent of 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy). Submission of 20 copies is required. Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, and employment information, if applicable.

Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2006.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the Watson Award on October 19, 2007. Send articles to:

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Watson Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-415-0780


AIPLA Writing Competition

AIPLA Fellows Award: To be presented on October 18, 2007 at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the AIPLA Fellows Award of $2,000 is awarded to the author of best article relating to: "Issues relative to fair use and the research exemption in intellectual property." Articles must be original and written between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, and must not have been published prior to submission.

RULES:
To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a current AIPLA Student member in full time attendance at a law school (day or evening) for at least one semester or equivalent during the term of the completion. The article must be submitted to the American Intellectual Property Law Association on or before June 30, 2007. Papers should be approximately the equivalent of 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy). Submission of 20 copies is required. Submissions must include the submitter's name, current address, current telephone number, and employment information, if applicable. In addition, the submission must include a CD that has a file with the paper saved in either Word or Word Perfect.
Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it relates to the assigned topic and displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2006.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the AIPLA Fellows Award on October 18, 2007. The winning paper will also be distributed as part of the materials for the AIPLA 2007 Annual Meeting. The winner will be required to sign a publication release to allow AIPLA to publish the paper.

Send articles to:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
AIPLA Fellows Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-415-0780


Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition: Deadline extended to May 31

Each year DePaul University College of Law has the opportunity to submit two student-authored papers on any aspect of copyright law to the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). A faculty committee will review all submitted papers and select a first place winner and a second place winner. The first place winner will receive an award of $600.00 from ASCAP and the second place winner will receive a $250.00 award from ASCAP. The two winning papers will then be submitted by Dean Weissenberger to ASCAP for consideration for national awards. Last year’s DePaul winner, Craig Mandell, was also the third place national winner. Students who would like to enter the competition should submit papers to Ellen Gutiontov, Room 813 on or before May 31, 2007. A paper that has been previously published in the same or substantially similar form is not eligible for the Competition. For purposes of the local competition, papers must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Manuscript must be typewritten (double-spaced) on 8 ˝" x 11" paper, 1" margin all around. All quotations exceeding four lines must be indented and single-spaced.
  2. Table of Contents must be included
  3. Citations must be in approved law review form
  4. Manuscript must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes and endnotes, and excluding the Table of Contents

Further rules governing the national competition can be found at http://www.ascap.com/musicbiz/burkan/.


Writing Competition - Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law

The Journal will hold its annual write-on competition beginning this Thursday, April 5th. The competition is open to first and second year full-time students and to first, second and third year part-time students. Applictions may be picked up outside the Journal office, room 712, at noon on Thursday. All applications are due by noon on Monday, April 16th.

If you have any questions, contact Brian Sanchez, the Editor-in-Chief, at brian.sanchez@att.net.


Jan Jancin Award

Each year the College of Law is eligible to nominate one student for consideration as a candidate for the Jan Jancin Award given to students who best exemplify excellence in the field of intellectual property law. The Jancin Awards are sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) and include cash awards ranging from $2000-$5000. More information regarding this award can be found at http://www.aiplef.org/scholarships/jan_jancin.

Any student who wishes to be considered for designation as the College of Law's nominee for this award should (i) write a one-page written summation of his/her achievements; and (ii) complete the application summary attached to this e-mail. In order to be considered as the College of Law's nominee, the written summation and the application summary must be submitted to Professor Bressler no later than May 1, 2007.

PDF Jan Jancin Application Summary


Writing Competition: The Berkeley Technology Law Journal

The Berkeley Technology Law Journal is soliciting entries for the annual student writing competition. The journal will accept submissions from JD candidates on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, Internet, and cybercrime. First prize includes $2,000 and publication in the Fall 2007 issue, if the winning article meets the Journal's publication standards. The submission deadline is February 28, 2007.

BTLJ is one of the oldest, most respected and most cited technology law journals in the country. The Journal strives to keep judges, policy-makers, practitioners, and the academic community abreast of the dynamic field of technology law.

If you need further information, please send an e-mail to dobry@berkeley.edu or visit the website.

PDF More Information


Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition in Beijing, China

DePaul students have been invited to participate in an Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition jointly sponsored by the IP Division of the Supreme Court of China, the Patent and Trademark Offices of China, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. The competition will take place in Beijing on May 26-27, 2007 (the first week of our Summer program in Beijing).

The team may have between 2 and 5 members, with one coach. All participants must be enrolled in our Beijing Summer program scheduled for May 21 – June 15, 2007.

The problem and all proceedings will be in English. Please see Professor Friedland for the problem and the Competition Rules.

This is an interesting opportunity for students who are interested in IP and China.


Sports Law Journal Write-On Competition

The DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems is holding its annual Spring write-on competition. The competition begins on Friday, February 2, at 12:00 p.m. The competition is open to first and second-year full-time students and to first, second and third-year part-time students. The materials and information necessary to complete the write-on will be available outside room 713 beginning at noon on Friday.

Please contact Brion Doherty with any questions.


Foley & Lardner Intellectual Property Writing Competition

Foley & Lardner is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition. Five students in their first or second year of law school who submit exemplary works will receive prizes totaling $15,000. One $5,000 Grand Prize will go to a first-year student. One $5,000 Grand Prize will go to a second year student. Three Honorable Mention prizes will be awarded.

For more information about this competition, go to www.Foley.com/IPwritingcompetition. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2007.


The First Annual Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition

IDEA® presents the first annual student intellectual property writing competition addressing compelling issues in intellectual property law.

Awards:

  • First Prize: $500 and Publication in IDEA®
  • Second Prize: $200
  • Third Prize: One Year Subscription to IDEA®

Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, March 2, 2007 and mailed to:
IDEA® Writing Competition
Attn: Elizabeth Harrington
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

For complete Contest Rules and Entry Form, see attachments or visit http://www.idea.fplc.edu/

PDF Contest Rules

PDF Entry Form


Legal Writing Contest 2007 - Entertainment Law Initiative

The GRAMMY Foundation announces the ninth annual Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI). The program is designed to promote discussion and debate on the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. It also fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.

Rules:

  • Write a 3,000 word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry
  • Contest is open only to law students
  • For complete contest rules, send an e-mail to eli@grammy.com or visit www.grammyfoundation.com

Important Dates:

  • January 5, 2007 - Paper submission deadline
  • February 1, 2007 - Winners are announced
  • February 9, 2007 - Scholarship Luncheon (Los Angeles)

Awards:

  • First Place Winner receives $5,000
  • Four Second Place Winners receive $1,500
  • All Winners receive: One GRAMMY Awards Show Ticket, one round trip ticket to the GRAMMY awards, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to MusiCares Person of the Year dinner.

For more information, please contact Marisela Huerta: (310) 392-3777.


International Trademark Association: Ladas Memorial Award Competition

The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is open to all students, practitioners and academics interested in trademarks and trademark law. To be eligible to compete in the student category, authors must be enrolled as either full or part-time law or graduate students. The eligible papers include both original unpublished manuscripts and published articles that are submitted or otherwise come to the attention of INTA by January 10, 2007. To qualify, published articles must have been first published no longer than one year prior to the January deadline. The Student winner of the competition is recognized by a US $2,000 cash award, and financial support up to US $1,000 for the student's attendance at an educational program sponsored by INTA. Notification of the Award winners will be in April 2007.

PDF More information.


AIPLA Writing Competition

AIPLA Fellows Award: To be presented on October 18, 2007 at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the AIPLA Fellows Award of $2,000 is awarded to the author of best article relating to: "Issues relative to fair use and the research exemption in intellectual property." Articles must be original and written between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, and must not have been published prior to submission.

RULES:
To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a current AIPLA Student member in full time attendance at a law school (day or evening) for at least one semester or equivalent during the term of the completion. The article must be submitted to the American Intellectual Property Law Association on or before June 30, 2007. Papers should be approximately the equivalent of 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy). Submission of 20 copies is required. Submissions must include the submitter's name, current address, current telephone number, and employment information, if applicable. In addition, the submission must include a CD that has a file with the paper saved in either Word or Word Perfect.
Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it relates to the assigned topic and displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2006.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the AIPLA Fellows Award on October 18, 2007. The winning paper will also be distributed as part of the materials for the AIPLA 2007 Annual Meeting. The winner will be required to sign a publication release to allow AIPLA to publish the paper.

Send articles to:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
AIPLA Fellows Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-415-0780

CIPLIT

News

CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, twenty-two senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

Learn more.



Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Learn more.



15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Featuring
Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

To view the video of this discussion, please click here.



In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.



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