Newsletter—March 12, 2017

Dear SIPLA,
 
Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session
(2) IP Lunch Discussion 
(3) End of the Year Reception
(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Deadline Extension
(5) AIPLA QJ Second Annual Symposium
(6) Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Event
(7) Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House
(8) Pillsbury Women’s Happy Hour
(9) Paul Weiss Patent Litigation 1L Open House 
(10) Sidney B. Williams Scholarship Opportunity
 
If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.
(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session
SIPLA will host its Spring Semester Interview Prep Session on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30 – 8pm in LL102. This event will focus on preparation for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (see below) and On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) in August. There will also be a discussion about picking fall semester classes. 
(2) IP Lunch Discussion
Join the IP Law Department on Wednesday, March 15th from 12 – 1:30pm in the Tasher Great Room (Burns first floor) as they host J. Janewa Osei-Tutu of Florida International University College of Law for discussion on “IP and Cultural Boundaries.” 
 
(3) End of the Year Reception
On Friday, March 31stSIPLA and AIPLA QJ will host the 2nd Annual IP Department End of the Year Reception in the LLC. Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate another great year and network with SIPLA and AIPLA board members, GW Law Alumni, IP professors, and local practitioners in an informal setting. RSVP is required to attend, please fill out the following google form to RSVP:  https://goo.gl/forms/kJIwS5sS1PPKVYZv1

There will be free food and drinks. Alcohol will be available via a ticket system for individuals over the age of 21 with a valid, government-issued ID. Please see the flyer below for more information.

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Registration Deadline Extension

The registration  deadline for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program has been extended through Wednesday, March 15th at 11:59 PM (C.S.T.). Please visit https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/ to register.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to Katie White kwhite@law.gwu.edu, or Ethel Badawi, ebadawi@law.gwu.edu.

(5) AIPLA QJ Second Annual Symposium 

Please join AIPLA for their second annual symposium on Friday, March 17 at the offices of Sterne Kessler. The theme this year is IP in a Globalized World, including the various ways patent, trademark, and copyright intertwine and frustrate international considerations. The keynote speaker is Commissioner Kieff of the International Trade Commission, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please see the attached flyer for the schedule. Please direct questions to aiplaqjsymposium@gmail.com.

(6) Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Event 

Kilpatrick Townsend is hosting their annual 1L event for DC area students on Tuesday, March 21st, at Bluejacket Brewery. See the attached flyer for more information.

(7) Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House 

Paul Hastings is hosting an open house on Wednesday March 22nd at 9:30 AM. There will be a networking breakfast and IP Law presentation on Navigating New Paths to Growth. Please see the flyer below for more details.

(8) Pillsbury Women’s Happy Hour
Want to know what firms look for in summer associates or what life is really like behind the attorney curtain? On Thursday, March 30th, come mix and mingle with the attorney’s of the Pillsbury Northern Virginia office and get all of your questions answered!
 
Transportation will be provided to and from campus by Pillsbury. Please RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/GrtUtfsJSHwEa1Wl2 by Thursday, March 24thSee the attached flyer for more information.
(9) Paul Weiss Open House 
Paul Weiss is hosting a Patent Litigation 1L Open House on Wednesday, March 29th in their DC office. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
 
(10) Sidney B. Williams Scholarship Opportunity 
The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is for $10,000 per school year (two semesters, excluding summer school semesters and intersession) beginning with the fall semester. Applications are due Wednesday March 15th. Please visit http://www.aiplef.org/scholars/sidney-b-williams-jr-scholarships/ to find more information and complete the application.

Newsletter—March 5, 2017

Dear SIPLA,

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session

(2) IP Lunch Discussion 

(3) End of the Year Reception

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Deadline

(5) Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Event 

(6) Pillsbury Women’s Happy Hour

(7) SIPLA Spotlight: Nicole Sharer

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session

SIPLA will host its Spring Semester Interview Prep Session on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30 – 8pm in LL102. This event will focus on preparation for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (see below) and On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) in August.

(2) IP Lunch Discussion

Join the IP Law Department on Wednesday, March 15th from 12 – 1:30pm in the Tasher Great Room (Burns first floor) as they host J. Janewa Osei-Tutu of Florida International University College of Law for discussion on “IP and Cultural Boundaries.”

(3) End of the Year Reception

On Friday, March 31stSIPLA and AIPLA QJ will host the 2nd Annual IP Department End of the Year Reception in the LLC. Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate another great year and network with SIPLA and AIPLA board members, GW Law Alumni, IP professors, and local practitioners in an informal setting. RSVP is required to attend, please fill out the following google form to RSVP:  https://goo.gl/forms/kJIwS5sS1PPKVYZv1

There will be free food and drinks. Alcohol will be available via a ticket system for individuals over the age of 21 with a valid, government-issued ID.

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Registration Deadline

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.  Also, see attached.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 6 and close on Friday, March 10.  Online registration is now open at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as The George Washington University Law School on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to Katie White kwhite@law.gwu.edu, or Ethel Badawi, ebadawi@law.gwu.edu.

(5) Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Event 

Kilpatrick Townsend is hosting their annual 1L event for DC area students on Tuesday, March 21st, at Bluejacket Brewery. See the attached flyer for more information

(6) Pillsbury Women’s Happy Hour

Want to know what firms look for in summer associates or what life is really like behind the attorney curtain? On Thursday, March 30th, come mix and mingle with the attorney’s of the Pillsbury Northern Virginia office and get all of your questions answered!

Transportation will be provided to and from campus by Pillsbury. Please RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/GrtUtfsJSHwEa1Wl2 by Thursday, March 24thSee the attached flyer for more information.

(7) SIPLA Spotlight: Nicole Sharer 

Nicole is a very active and involved member of SIPLA, having served as the Mentoring Chair for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Nicole studied Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to law school, she worked as a Technology Consultant specializing in Big Data and predictive analytics. Nicole spent her 1L summer working for Finnegan in Washington D.C., continuing throughout her 2L year as a law clerk where she did ligation assignments for pharmaceutical clients. After her 2L year, Nicole split her summer between Finnegan in Washington D.C. and Sullivan & Cromwell in NYC.

Nicole is interested in IP Transactions — selling, buying and licensing of IP rights. She feels this practice area is the best fit for her skills gained while working in consulting. She is also interested in IP and technology aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

During 2L year, Nicole participated in the LRW program as a Writing Fellow. She also participated in and was a finalist for the the internal Rothwell IP Moot Court competition and a national semi-finalist at the Giles Rich Moot Court competition.

This year, Nicole is the Executive Notes Editor for the AIPLA QJ where she oversees the upper-level scholarly writing course for 2L members. She continues to be involved with the LRW program, this year as a Dean’s Fellow. This semester, Nicole is interning at the Federal Circuit.

This fall, Nicole plans to run her 5th Marathon….I guess you could say she likes to run.

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2017_DC Pillsbury

Newsletter—February 27, 2017

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session

(2) IP Lunch Discussion 

(3) End of the Year Reception

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Deadline

(5) Knobbe Martens Open House

(6) Paul Weiss Open House

(7) Job Opportunity: Microsoft Public Policy Fellowship

(8) SIPLA Spotlight: Ashley Cade

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session

SIPLA will host its Spring Semester Interview Prep Session on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30 – 8pm (location TBA). This event will focus on preparation for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (see below) and On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) in August.

(2) IP Lunch Discussion

Join the IP Law Department on Wednesday, March 15th from 12 – 1:30pm in the Tasher Great Room (Burns first floor) as they host J. Janewa Osei-Tutu of Florida International University College of Law for discussion on “IP and Cultural Boundaries.”

(3) End of the Year Reception

On Friday, March 31stSIPLA and AIPLA QJ will host the 2nd Annual IP Department End of the Year Reception in the LLC. Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate another great year and network with SIPLA and AIPLA board members, GW Law Alumni, IP professors, and local practitioners in an informal setting. RSVP is required to attend, please contact a SIPLA board member or email SIPLA directly at sipla@law.gwu.edu.
There will be free food and drinks. Alcohol will be available via a ticket system for individuals over the age of 21 with a valid, government-issued ID.

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Registration Deadline

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

 

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

 

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.  Also, see attached.

 

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 6 and close on Friday, March 10.  Online registration is now open at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as The George Washington University Law School on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

 

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register.

 

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to Katie White kwhite@law.gwu.edu, or Ethel Badawi, ebadawi@law.gwu.edu.

(5) Knobbe Martens Open House

Knobbe Martens is hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 2nd in their DC office. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(6) Paul Weiss Open House 

Paul, Weiss is hosting a Patent Litigation 1L Open House on Wednesday, March 29th in their DC office.   Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(7) Job Opportunity: Microsoft Public Policy Fellowship 

Microsoft is seeking post-graduate public policy fellowship candidates in their D.C. office. Microsoft is particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated interest and background in technology (e.g., engineering or computer science).

Microsoft Fellows work within their U.S. Government Affairs Group in Washington D.C. and have a broad range of responsibilities from across the group, which may include:

  • Conducting research across a wide-range of public policy topics and other issues impacting business strategy
  • Working closely with government affairs team and attorneys to support government affairs strategic engagement plans and public policy agenda
  • Assisting in drafting memos, briefings, and other materials for internal stakeholders or external agencies and partners
  • Attending association and think tank meetings and hearings
  • Collaborating with teams on cross-group projects

This is a one year fellowship. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 28, but do not wait if you are interested. See the following links for more information and to apply:

CORE posting: https://law-gwu.12twenty.com/JobPostings#/jobPostings/21006701023915/posting

Microsoft posting: https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jid=274346&jlang=EN&pp=SS

(8) SIPLA Spotlight: Ashley Cade 

Ashley graduated from University of Michigan with degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, with a small focus on bionanotechnology and a larger focus on green chemistry. During undergrad, she spent a few summers working with the FDA remediation team at Terumo Cardiovascular Group, a medical device company based in Ann Arbor.

For Ashley’s 1L summer, she was able to return to Terumo, where she worked extensively with the in-house patent prosecution team. The prosecution work mostly involved working with the inventors and doing a lot of prior art and freedom to operate searching. This year, she has been working at the Department of Justice Intellectual Property Section, which is part of Civil Litigation Division. She has been working on a lot of copyright issues but has also dabbled in some patent work. For her 2L summer, Ashley is going to be at Kirkland & Ellis in New York to work with their patent litigation group.

Ashley was the SIPLA Mentoring Chair this year, and has also been one of the Captains of the Softball Team since her 1L year. She also plays softball with “real adults” both with the Michigan Alumni Team from spring to summer and an adult co-ed league in Arlington in the fall. She somehow also plays flag football with Michigan alum, but she’s “really bad and hate[s] football”.

Advice for 1Ls: “It’s hard to follow-up Akkad’s great advice, but I’ll try: the best advice I received as a 1L, prior to starting the job search, was to be a normal person. That seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the number of people that can’t hold a casual conversation. During OCI’s and Loyola, it was always my goal to just get to know my interviewer, and allow them to get to know me. Through this process I made some strong relationships with attorneys, and I continue to check in with them from time to time.

Second, have fun with it. Every firm will tell you what you want to hear (we have great firm culture, we stack our cases leanly, etc.), so your goal should be to get to know the people you would be working with, day-in and day-out. Enjoy the interview process, and don’t let it stress you out too much!”

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GWU – 2017 Knobbe Martens Reception Invite

Newsletter—February 5, 2017

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) SIPLA Board Elections Results
(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session
(3) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship
(5) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 
(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Samuel Cockriel
 
If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.
(1) SIPLA Board Elections Results
Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s elections!
The new executive board is as follows:
President: Akkad Moussa
Vice President: Steven Dirks
Treasurer: Sohrab Hajarian
Regulatory Chair: Gianna Cresto
Mentoring Chair: Divesh Patel
Fundraising Chair: Robert Levent Herguner

Congratulations to the new board! Board members should watch out for an email scheduling transition meetings.

(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 12pm to 1pm, in Stockton 305 the Career Center will be hosting an information session about the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Any students considering participating in this year’s program are strongly encouraged to attend. Please reach out to Katie White with any questions.
Please note that registration for the interview program opens on Feb. 6.
 
(3) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (a full-service intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC) has invited diverse GW Law first-year students to apply for an internship this spring. This program will allow two students to shadow attorneys and participate in client meetings and strategy sessions while receiving in-depth information about the firm’s Litigation Group.  The firm’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation.

The internship program will take place on the following dates: March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7.  The firm will work with each intern to accommodate class schedules. Students will not be expected to complete any assignments that will extend beyond their time in the office.  The goal of the internship is to complement the students’ educational experience while providing exposure to the law firm setting and practice early on to help better prepare them for the upcoming fall recruitment program.

This is a paid internship ($20/hour).  If you are interested in participating, please email your resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Jaya Saxena atjsaxena@law.gwu.edu by 5pm on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Be sure that your name is clearly stated on your unofficial transcript.

 
(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship
Please see the attached flyer for more information about a 1L diversity fellowship offered by Baker Botts and AT&T.
 
(5) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 
Please click here for more information regarding the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500!
Please note that submissions are due March 3.
 
(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Samuel Cockriel

Sam graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at BYU, Sam was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. He worked for the Wencor Group, a PMA aircraft part manufacture, to help determine adequate tolerances for aircraft parts. Sam also lead a research and development team to work on developing a solar ice maker for vaccine preservation. Additionally, he participated in intramural soccer, softball, and kickball.

During his 1L year, Sam participated in the Strain PLLC Patent Law Training Program, and this past summer, he worked for Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox doing mostly patent prosecution for mechanical device and design patents. Currently, Sam is a Judicial Extern for the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and this coming summer Sam will be splitting his time between Knobbe, Martens, Olson, & Bear in Irvine, CA and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox in D.C.

Sam is also involved in other organizations on campus. He is a Writing Fellow with the LRW program, a member of the George Washington Law Review, Secretary of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and a member of the Moot Court Board. Outside of law school, Sam loves to do anything outdoors, try new restaurants, and travel.

Advice for 1Ls:  “First, there is always something more to do in law school. Remember to prioritize the most important things first. Second, I completely agree with what Connor said two weeks ago. Law firms want to hire likeable people that they’ll want to work with, so don’t give mechanical answers during interviews. Of course, it’s important to think ahead how you’ll answer the expected questions:  why this location? why our firm? what area of law are you interested in and why? However, it’s important to have a genuine conversation with your interviewer. Wouldn’t you appreciate that if you were stuck in a room for eight hours doing interviews?”

Newsletter—January 30, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to the Employer Outreach Program last week! We hope that you all enjoyed the panel and had the opportunity to meet the lawyers.

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) SIPLA Board Elections

(2) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session

(3) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session

(4) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

(7) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

(8) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

(10) SIPLA Spotlight: Emma Frank

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) SIPLA Board Elections

SIPLA is holding elections for its executive board! Thank you to everyone who has indicated their interest. Please review the attached document of candidacy statements. Note that there are no candidates for Fundraising Chair. Anyone who is interested in running for that position is encouraged to fill out this form ASAP.

Voting will open on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

(2) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session

You are invited to attend an Information Session to learn more about the Munich Summer Intellectual Property Program (to be held this year from Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 9, 2017).
Come to the Munich Summer IP Info Session to hear about this exciting study abroad program. This will be an informal session with comments from program directors Robert Brauneis, Dean Whealan, & Katie White and students who have participated in the past.

Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Time:  12 PM to 1 PM

Location:  Burns 418

More information about the program can be found here. See the attached flyer for more information about the information session.

(3) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 12pm to 1pm, in Stockton 305 the Career Center will be hosting an information session about the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Any students considering participating in this year’s program are strongly encouraged to attend. Please reach out to Katie White with any questions.

Please note that registration for the interview program opens on Feb. 6.

(4) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (a full-service intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC) has invited diverse GW Law first-year students to apply for an internship this spring. This program will allow two students to shadow attorneys and participate in client meetings and strategy sessions while receiving in-depth information about the firm’s Litigation Group.  The firm’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation.

The internship program will take place on the following dates: March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7.  The firm will work with each intern to accommodate class schedules. Students will not be expected to complete any assignments that will extend beyond their time in the office.  The goal of the internship is to complement the students’ educational experience while providing exposure to the law firm setting and practice early on to help better prepare them for the upcoming fall recruitment program.

This is a paid internship ($20/hour).  If you are interested in participating, please email your resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Jaya Saxena at jsaxena@law.gwu.edu by 5pm on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Be sure that your name is clearly stated on your unofficial transcript.

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship

Please see the attached flyer for more information about a 1L diversity fellowship offered by Baker Botts and AT&T.

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

Wolf Greenfield (Boston, MA) is looking for a 1L student to join our 2017 summer program.  Qualified applicants will have a technical background and/or a demonstrated interest in IP law.  Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, transcripts and a writing sample through our online application, found within the careers page of our website (www.wolfgreenfield.com/careers).

Current regulations relating to the deemed export of certain information and technologies with which we and our clients work require us to limit access to citizens of the United States and United States permanent residents.  If you do not currently meet this status requirement, we will not be able to consider your application for employment at this time.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contactlegalrecruiting@wolfgreenfield.com.

(7) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group. Candidates must have a background in a biological or chemistry-related discipline. An MS or PhD is required. Our ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities; take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions; value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect; and do their best work when functioning as part of a team. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website:www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com. Please reference the DC Chem Bio position in the subject line.

Foley & Lardner LLP is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / M / F / Vet / Disabled Employer.

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – IP Litigation Practice Group (2017) 
Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our IP Litigation Practice Group. Candidates must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or another related discipline. Our ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities; take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions; value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect; and do their best work when functioning as part of a team. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website: www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–IP Litigation Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com.

Please reference the DC IP Lit position in the subject line. Foley & Lardner LLP is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / M / F / Vet / Disabled Employer.

(8) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is actively recruiting 1L students for its Diversity Fellowship and Two-Summer Patent Programs for summer 2017. All of MoFo’s current 1L opportunities will be available on Symplicity beginning December 1.

Please see below for a brief description of each program:​

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution

Morrison & Foerster is one of the only large, international, general-practice law firms with a full-service patent strategy & prosecution practice.  For nearly two decades, our world-class patent prosecutors have developed and implemented IP strategies and obtained patents for many of the most innovative technology and life sciences companies, such as DreamWorks Animation, Genentech and the University of California.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Prosecutor.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation

Morrison & Foerster’s patent litigation practice is among the best in the nation. We have litigated, tried, and won patent cases in key jurisdictions throughout the U.S., and have managed patent litigation cases in courtrooms around the globe.  Our expertise is particularly deep in the high-technology and life sciences areas, where we represent a wide range of well-known international electronics, semiconductor, software, Internet, telecommunications, biotech and pharmaceutical clients.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Litigator.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Casey Romero.

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

Please click here for more information regarding the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500!

Please note that submissions are due March 3.

(10) SIPLA Spotlight: Emma Frank

Emma graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s in Biology (with a focus in infectious disease and immunology), as well as a minor in public policy. During her 1L summer, Emma returned to Boston as a summer litigation associate at Wolf Greenfield. She plans to return there this summer with a continued focus in patent litigation.

During both 1L and 2L year, Emma worked at Strain & Strain here in D.C., where she had the opportunity to learn more about patent prosecution. This year, Emma has remained active in SIPLA, serving as Regulatory Chair. She is also a board member of Law Revue (cue jazz hands), a member of Promissory Notes (the law school a capella group), and The George Washington Law Review (no jazz hands).

When she’s not at school, Emma enjoys baking for her friends and spending time with her cat, Milo.

Advice for 1Ls: “Tip: contact any labs or research positions you had and ask what law firms they work with or the institution works with, it’s a good starting point. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to reach out to Katie or SIPLA upperclassmen. And things have a way of working out in the end.”

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Newsletter—December 28, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program

(2) Looking Ahead: SIPLA Board Elections

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

(7) Finnegan Networking Reception

(8) Fish & Richardson Webinar

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Employer Outreach Program

On Tuesday, Jan. 10th*, from 5-7:30pm in the SCC (second floor of Lisner)**, SIPLA will host its third Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “Briefing & Arguing Cases in Front of the Federal Circuit. We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel. This event benefits each firm by dramatically increasing the number of attendees and benefits the students by allowing them to meet multiple firms at once and by having an educational panel.

There will be free food and drinks. Alcohol will be available via a ticket system for individuals over the age of 21 with a valid, government-issued ID.

Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms:

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck P.C.

​*​Please note that the first EOP of the spring will be on the second day of class. We have intentionally scheduled the EOPs to be earlier, so that students can meet more firms while they are still hiring for their 2017 summer programs.

Please also note that the first EOP of the spring will be in the SCC, not the FCC.

(2) Looking Ahead: SIPLA Board Elections

In February, SIPLA will be holding elections for the executive board. This is still a while’s away, and more information will be distributed regarding elections as they come closer. But it’s never too soon to start thinking about whether you intend to run.

Please see the attached document for information regarding each position. All the positions of the board will be up for election, but please note that the Copyright & Trademark Chair is elected by IPEL internally.

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

Wolf Greenfield (Boston, MA) is looking for a 1L student to join our 2017 summer program.  Qualified applicants will have a technical background and/or a demonstrated interest in IP law.  Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, transcripts and a writing sample through our online application, found within the careers page of our website (www.wolfgreenfield.com/careers).

Current regulations relating to the deemed export of certain information and technologies with which we and our clients work require us to limit access to citizens of the United States and United States permanent residents.  If you do not currently meet this status requirement, we will not be able to consider your application for employment at this time.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact legalrecruiting@wolfgreenfield.com.

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group. Candidates must have a background in a biological or chemistry-related discipline. An MS or PhD is required. Our ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities; take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions; value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect; and do their best work when functioning as part of a team. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website:www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com. Please reference the DC Chem Bio position in the subject line.

Foley & Lardner LLP is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / M / F / Vet / Disabled Employer.

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – IP Litigation Practice Group (2017) 

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our IP Litigation Practice Group. Candidates must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or another related discipline. Our ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities; take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions; value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect; and do their best work when functioning as part of a team. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website: www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–IP Litigation Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com.

Please reference the DC IP Lit position in the subject line. Foley & Lardner LLP is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / M / F / Vet / Disabled Employer.

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins

Program

Latham & Watkins’ 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to spend about half their summer in one of our US offices and the remaining half in-house in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our annual Diversity Leadership Academy in late March 2017 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer.  Upon acceptance of the offer to return as a 2018 summer associate, participants will also receive a scholarship through our 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

Please see the attachment for more information. Additional information, including applications, is available at www.lw.com/1LFellowship.

Applications are due on January 11, 2017.

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is actively recruiting 1L students for its Diversity Fellowship and Two-Summer Patent Programs for summer 2017. All of MoFo’s current 1L opportunities will be available on Symplicity beginning December 1.

​Please see below for a brief description of each program:​

1L Diversity Fellowship

Morrison & Foerster is pleased to offer a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program again this summer. We will be awarding up to ten $15,000 fellowships to highly motivated first-year law students who are members of a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group.  Fellowship recipients will receive a paid position as a summer associate in a U.S. office following their first year of law school with a guaranteed position as a second year summer associate assuming satisfactory performance.  Applications are due Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution

Morrison & Foerster is one of the only large, international, general-practice law firms with a full-service patent strategy & prosecution practice.  For nearly two decades, our world-class patent prosecutors have developed and implemented IP strategies and obtained patents for many of the most innovative technology and life sciences companies, such as DreamWorks Animation, Genentech and the University of California.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Prosecutor.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation

Morrison & Foerster’s patent litigation practice is among the best in the nation. We have litigated, tried, and won patent cases in key jurisdictions throughout the U.S., and have managed patent litigation cases in courtrooms around the globe.  Our expertise is particularly deep in the high-technology and life sciences areas, where we represent a wide range of well-known international electronics, semiconductor, software, Internet, telecommunications, biotech and pharmaceutical clients.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Litigator.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Casey Romero.

(7) Finnegan Networking Reception

Finnegan will be hosting its​ annual Attorney/Law Student Networking reception on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. in ​its​ DC office. We highly recommend that students attend; particularly if you intend on applying for a 1L summer position with the firm.

Please see the attached bulletin for more information!​

(8) Fish & Richardson Webinar

In 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was again a forum of choice for challenging patentability of claims. In fact, it currently tops the Eastern District of Texas as the #1 venue for patent disputes in 2016. Join Fish Principals and Post-Grant Practice Co-Chairs, Karl Renner and Dorothy Whelan, as they take a look back on significant developments from the past year. The discussion will include the following topics:

  • PTAB statistics and trends
  • New rules for post-grant proceedings
  • Developments in biopharma IPRs
  • Decisions and case law developments at the PTAB and Federal Circuit
  • The Shaw decision and estoppel
  • What to watch for in 2017

To register or learn more about this complimentary webinar, click here.

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

Please click here for more information regarding the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500!

Please note that submissions are due March 3.

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Newsletter—November 27, 2016

Please find the latest announcement below:

(1) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception

(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

(4) SIPLA Spotlight: Taylor Caldwell

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception

Knobbe Martens is hosting a Home for the Holidays cocktail reception for law students who will be in the Southern California area for the holidays. Our event is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at our Orange County office.

We wanted to reach out to those of you with technical degrees or an interest in trademark prosecution to personally invite you to what we’re sure will be a fun event for all!

Please see the attachment for more information.

(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program

Latham & Watkins’ 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to spend about half their summer in one of our US offices and the remaining half in-house in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our annual Diversity Leadership Academy in late March 2017 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer.  Upon acceptance of the offer to return as a 2018 summer associate, participants will also receive a scholarship through our 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

Please see the attachment for more information. Additional information, including applications, is available at www.lw.com/1LFellowship.

Applications are due on January 11, 2017.

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.

Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.
  • To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(4) SIPLA Spotlight: Taylor Caldwell 

SIPLA Spotlight is the Newsletter’s new segment in which we feature a different 2L or 3L SIPLA member​ every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds to the 1L SIPLA members. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (they have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice)!

Taylor is originally from Fullerton, CA (Orange County). She attended USD (University of San Diego) and studied Biochemistry with a minor in Business Administration. While there, she rowed on the Women’s Rowing team for four years and absolutely loved it! After school, Taylor worked at Diazyme Laboratories as a Quality Control specialist where she spent half of her time working in the lab performing diagnostic tests and the other half performing audits and document review. It was her boss at Diazyme that suggested she go to law school!

Taylor spent her 1L summer at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman in their IP department. With a growing interest in patent litigation, she then spent her 2L summer at Fish & Richardson, where she plans to return after graduation. Taylor plans to dabble in all areas of IP, but is primarily interested in pharmaceutical and medical device patent protection.

This year, Taylor is the Student Editor-in-Chief of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. In her free time, she regularly attends CrossFit and SoulCycle classes, loves watching movies and playing MarioKart!

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Newsletter—November 20, 2016

Please find the latest announcement below:

(1) Symposium at GMU: International Developments in Patent Law
(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosecution and IP Litigation Reception
(3) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception
(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Nathan Sisodia

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Symposium at GMU: International Developments in Patent Law
The Journal of International Commercial Law invites you to attend our Fall 2016 Symposium on International Developments in Patent Law. The Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Antonin Scalia Law School

The Symposium aims to survey current, international patent law. Topics that will be discussed include: U.S. Patent Law, Japanese Patent Law, European Union Patent Law, Chinese Patent Law, and Patent Harmonization. Our esteemed speakers include a wide variety of subject-matter experts ranging from practitioners to academics.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided and the event will be followed by a cocktail reception. The symposium is free to all law students (from all schools) who present a valid school ID and anyone currently affiliated with GMU. For others, including practicing attorneys, the cost is $15 for all or part-day attendance. Payment must be made at the door with cash, credit card, or check.

Register at https://jiclsymposiumfall2017.eventbrite.com.

Please see the attachment for more information.

(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosecution and IP Litigation Reception
On Thursday, December 1, MoFo will be hosting its annual 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation reception at Rosa Mexicano in Washington, DC. This event is targeted towards first year law students who are interested in its two summer patent program in either IP Litigation or Patent Prosecution for our Washington, DC, Northern, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto or San Francisco offices.

Please note that tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 21 is the last day to RSVP.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(3) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception
Knobbe Martens is hosting a Home for the Holidays cocktail reception for law students who will be in the Southern California area for the holidays. Our event is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at our Orange County office.

We wanted to reach out to those of you with technical degrees or an interest in trademark prosecution to personally invite you to what we’re sure will be a fun event for all!

Please see the attachment for more information.

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.

Eligibility: Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.
    To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Nathan Sisodia
​SIPLA Spotlight is the Newsletter’s new segment in which we feature a different 2L or 3L SIPLA member​ every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds to the 1L SIPLA members. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (they have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice)!

Nathan hails from Cincinnati, Ohio (where he also attended the University of Cincinnati). While there, Nathan earned an undergraduate degree in economics and interned/worked during college at Luxottica Retail North America, where he planned inventory production using economic analysis.

During his 1L summer, Nathan worked in the California Attorney General’s Office, in the Antitrust Division. He was particularly interested in antitrust during his first year, so that’s why he decided to work there. During his entire 2L year, Nathan interned at the Federal Trade Commission – one semester in the office of one of the commissioners, and one semester in Mergers I (one of the divisions that reviews, and then approves or challenges proposed mergers).

Nathan spent his 2L summer at a firm in Columbus, Ohio. The firm is called Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, and he chose to work there because he wanted private sector experience and was particularly interested in getting transactional law experience.

Nathan is interested mostly in trademark law because it seems like the area of IP most applicable to daily life, and because branding can be so powerful in different markets. He is also interested in patent law, but only really in how it relates to antitrust law and specifically the pharmaceutical industry.

This year, Nathan is a Notes Editor for AIPLA and a student attorney in the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic. Outside of law school, Nathan likes to bike and run in the city. He also has a huge interest in food – cooking, eating out, finding new places to experience, etc.jicl-fall-2016-symposium-flyer morrison-foerster-1l-patent-prosecution-ip-litigation-reception 2016-home-for-the-holidays-one-page-flyer

Newsletter—November 13, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception
(3) SIPLA Spotlight: Paulina Starostka
If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.
(1) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception
On Thursday, December 1, MoFo will be hosting its annual 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation reception at Rosa Mexicano in Washington, DC. This event is targeted towards first year law students who are interested in its two summer patent program in either IP Litigation or Patent Prosecution for our Washington, DC, Northern, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto or San Francisco offices.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
(3) SIPLA Spotlight: Paulina Starostka
SIPLA Spotlight is the Newsletter’s new segment in which we feature a different 2L or 3L SIPLA member​ every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds to the 1L SIPLA members. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (they have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice)!
Paulina attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where she studied Neuroscience. Paulina spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern for Judge Rosen at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She landed the job by the absolute coincidence that a woman she was speaking with at Thirsty Thursday was from the Alumni office. Paulina told her she was from Michigan, she said one of the GW alumni was a chief judge at the district court. She connected Paulina with Judge Rosen, and she ended up getting the job.During her 2L year, Paulina interned with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working with their sole IP attorney. She worked on projects ranging from Copyright infringement, Trademark infringement, Patent litigation and prosecution. She was also interning at Fanelli Haag, assisting with patent prosecution, which prepared her for working there as a summer associate during her 2L summer. She hopes to move into post-grant proceedings and ITC work. Post-grant because there is still a lot of the litigation-type work, while at the same time mixing in patent prosecution. ITC because of the international component to IP rights protection, and because many of the items on the market are imported.This year, Paulina is interning at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, assisting the judge and clerks with research on various issues before the Court. She is a very active member of SIPLA, and this year is serving as the Executive Production Editor for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal.

Paulina recently got a new puppy, so a lot of her time and efforts go into taking care of and training her. In addition, she enjoys watching the food network and later attempting to recreate the recipes (the easy ones). She also practice yoga and varies between regular vinyasa and hot power classes – “I am determined to get a headstand down in the next year!”

Advice from Paulina: I have found that getting to know people in the industry has been extremely helpful. Often, the jobs or internships I have gotten were because someone was able to recommend me first (afterwards, the word was left to me). I think many people only network when they need something, but it is really important to make those connections when you have absolutely nothing to ask of the other person. It creates much more natural relationships and free-flowing conversations. Work on creating a network even when you don’t need it. IP law is a very close-knit community. You will run into these people often, and it will be much easier to reach out for help once you have established a comfortable base relationship.

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Newsletter—November 6, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) Employer Outreach Program
(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(3) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception
(4) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session
(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Swi Raparla
If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/
(1) Employer Outreach Program
On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, from 5-7:30pm in the FCC, SIPLA will host its second Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on“Alternate Litigation Practices in Patent Law: IPRs & PGRs. We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel. This event benefits each firm by dramatically increasing the number of attendees and benefits the students by allowing them to meet multiple firms at once and by having an educational panel.There will be free food and drinks. Alcohol will be available via a ticket system for individuals over the age of 21 with a valid, government-issued ID.Dress Code: Business ProfessionalParticipating firms*:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Foley & Lardner
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
WilmerHale

*The firms in attendance will not be collecting resumes or any other credentials from 1Ls, as it is against NALP guidelines to collect them at this time.
(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(3) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception

On Thursday, December 1, MoFo will be hosting its annual 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation reception at Rosa Mexicano in Washington, DC. This event is targeted towards first year law students who are interested in its two summer patent program in either IP Litigation or Patent Prosecution for our Washington, DC, Northern, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto or San Francisco offices.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
(4) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session
 
Come to the Munich Summer IP Info Session to hear about this exciting GW Law School study abroad program. This will be an informal session with comments from Dean Whealan and students who have participated in the past.  Refreshments will be served. All students welcome!
When:  Friday, November 11, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
​Where: ​Stuart 201
The 2017 program dates are Sunday, May 28 through Friday, June 9. Information about classes to be offered and how to sign up will be discussed.
(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Swi Raparla
SIPLA Spotlight is the Newsletter’s new segment in which we feature a different 2L or 3L SIPLA member​ every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds to the 1L SIPLA members. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (they have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice)!
 

Swi is the former 2015-2016 Fundraising Chair for SIPLA and responsible for selling the GW Law shotglasses to a large percentage of our student body.

An electrical and computer engineer before law school, Swi received a B.S. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon and then worked for three years at Qualcomm contributing on teams for the iPhone 5 and Windows phones.

Focused on patent law, Swi spent his 1L summer at Finnegan Henderson focusing on patent litigation and his 2L summer splitting Finnegan and WilmerHale doing a variety of patent work. Swi will be returning to WilmerHale to continue patent work as well as incorporate technology-related matters including computer crime and cybersecurity.

During academic semesters, Swi has participated in the Strain PLLC IP training program (also continuing with them as a student associate), worked part time as a law clerk at Finnegan, and is currently interning with Judge Dee Lord at the International Trade Commission (ITC). He is also the managing editor for AIPLA, a Dean’s Fellow, and an active member in GW Law Revue. Yes, that law revue.

Swi is a passionate DC sports fan and an earnest, but pretty terrible, DJ/Producer.morrison-foerster-1l-patent-prosecution-ip-litigation-reception 11-2-16-interview-prep-mtg-pptx