1/28 Newsletter

Dear SIPLA members,
Please find the latest SIPLA announcements below.
Beyond B&B:  A New Regime for Litigation Strategy?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Register here!

On December 2, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. In this case, the Court will decide whether findings in TTAB proceedings have preclusive effect in later district court proceedings, or, if not, whether any deference should be given to such findings, and under what circumstances.
Join United States District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis from Maryland, David S. Welkowitz, Professor at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA, Nancy Mertzel from Schoeman Updike Kauffman & Stern in New York, and Kenneth L. Wilton from Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, in Los Angeles, CA, for their perspectives on the importance and potential consequences of this case for trademark litigation, as well where deference is at issue in other contexts.
TTAB Administrative Judge Lorelei Ritchie will moderate the panel.

Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House – Feb. 20 at 9am at their office || RSVP Required 


Paul Hasting IP Practice Open House

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

9:00 AM (Breakfast will be served)



Paul Hastings LLP

The Bowen Building

875 15th St. NW

Washington, DC 20005


RSVP Required with your class year to karenchen@paulhastings.com.


This is a great opportunity to meet attorneys and learn more about the IP practice at Paul Hastings.  I highly recommend  See attachment for further details. 


Building a Workplace Wardrobe that Reflects Your Professional Identity 

Thursday, February 26, 4-6 pm in the Student Conference Center with free pizza!

Join for a thoughtful, snark-free conversation about making your professional clothes communicate the message you want. Upper class students will present a diversity of voices and wide variety of ensembles from their summer associateships and internships (government and public interest), each narrating their look and why it worked. The follow-up Q&A, moderated by Professor Thornton, will ensure you leave with the fashion fundamentals and context you need to dress for work with confidence.

Kenyon & Kenyon 1L Dinner:
Keynon & Kenyon LLP
1L Dinner (Technical Background Required)
Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Farmers Fishers Bakers – 3000 K Street, NW 202.298.8783
– We would like to meeet interested 1L Students with a Technical Background
– To RSVP – please contact Liz Knechtges via email at eknechtges@kenyon.com no later than Monday, February 16th as space is extremely limited
– Please email a copy of your current resume as our attorneys would like to learn a little bit about each student prior to the dinner.
Chrysler 1L IP Summer Position:
Chrysler is participating in the 2015 Spring Recruitment Program Resume Collection.  Students must be in their first year of law school and Patent Bar eligible to apply.  Deadline for this posting has been extended to Thursday, January 29 at 12:00 PM.  This is an exciting opportunity to work in an IP law job, in an in-house position.
To apply, go to Symplicity, choose OCI, and click on the “2015 Spring Recruitment Resume Collection” tab.
Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Informational Session

Mon., Feb. 2
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Student Conference Center

1/20 Newsletter

Hi All,
Please find the latest SIPLA announcements below.

1. SIPLA Elections
2. Supra v. ITC: Case Review with Dean Whealan
3. Finnegan 1L Reception
4. Munich Intellectual Property Summer Program Info Session

5. IP Writing Competition

6. Student Associate Position at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz

7. Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House

SIPLA Elections
As promised, we have provided the elections link below.  We ask that anyone interested in running for a SIPLA Board position to fill out this form by Friday, January 30th at 11:59 PM.  Regarding candidacy statements, a paragraph or two will be sufficient.
Supra v. ITC: Case Review with Dean Whealan
On February 3rd at 5pm, in LL101, Dean Whealan will be hosting a presentation on an upcoming oral argument before the Federal Circuit, Suprema, Inc. v ITC. This case will be heard en banc by the Federal Circuit on Thursday February 5th at 10 am. For those who need to attend an appellate argument for a class this semester, for those who have never been to an appellate argument, or for those who want to learn about some important issues in patent law, you are encouraged to attend.
For more information regarding the particulars of the case: http://patentlyo.com/patent/2014/05/federal-circuit-infringement.html
Finnegan 1L Reception
Attached is a flyer for the annual Attorney and Law Student Networking Event for area first-year IP law students.  The event will take place onThursday, February 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (see attached flyer).  Please RSVP to Kelsey Jaynes-Culver at kelsey.jaynes-culver@finnegan.com byFebruary 5.
Munich Intellectual Property Summer Program Info Session
Monday, January 26, 2015 — Moot Court Room — 12:00 Noon

2015 Summer Program Dates: June 29-July 24

As a complement to its leading intellectual property program in Washington, DC, GW Law offers a four-week intellectual property law program in Munich, Germany, a vibrant city less than an hour from the Alps, known as Europe’s “Intellectual Property Capital.”

In the summer of 2015, the program will run from June 29-July 24. The ABA-accredited program offers eight one-credit courses of which students can choose up to four (two each session), as well as special lectures and visits to local IP institutions such as the European Patent Office.

Professor Brauenis and Dean Whealan are the faculty members who head up the program.  They will be at the January 26 session to answer questions, which will feature a panel of students who attended the program in the past.

2015 IP Student Writing Competition


The Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section is seeking papers written by law students who are attending law school in Virginia or are residents of Virginia attending law school outside of Virginia relating to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law.  The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000, there is also a potential second place prize of $2,500.  The judge of the final round of the competitor is the Honorable Richard Linn, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:00 EDT.

A complete set of rules and a flyer for use in advertising the competition are attached.  Additional information is available at the section’s website:  www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty/writing-competition/.

Student Associate Position at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz
Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz—a firm that specializes in media, privacy, and intellectual property law—is looking to hire 2Ls or 3Ls as clerks for the spring semester. This is a paid position and requires approximately 10 hours a week.

I spent the fall at LSKS, and I can attest that it’s a friendly and fascinating place to be. They represent lots of big news organizations (Associated Press, CBS, Gawker), and they’ve argued some of the major media & IP cases over the years (including Bartnicki v. Vopper, which came up recently in the context of the Sony hack). They treat clerks well, too!

If you’d like more details, you can reach me, John Davisson, at jld249@georgetown.edu. Or if you prefer, you can send application materials directly to Alia Smith at ASmith@lskslaw.com.
Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House



Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House

The Paul Hastings IP Practice cordially invites Georgetown, George Washington, and George Mason University law students to our Washington, DC office for a networking breakfast and IP Law presentation. We hope you will join us to meet our attorneys and to learn more about the Firm, our IP practice areas, and summer associate opportunities.

Paul Hastings is interested in students with electrical/computer engineering backgrounds as well as students with biology/chemistry backgrounds.

Due to space limitations, preference will be given to first-year law students.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast will be provided

Paul Hastings LLP
875 15th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

RSVP with your class year by February 6, 2015 to: