3/30 Newsletter

(1) Dean Whealan Roundtable Lunch: 4/7 12-1

Join Dean Whealan for a roundtable luncheon to learn more about careers in patent law. The small-group setting is designed to foster an open dialogue, and will be a great opportunity to learn more about GW’s IP community. The final luncheon will be on April 7th from 12-1 in E112 and will be focused on any questions you may have about firms before Loyola bidding begins. Interested students should sign up (first-come, first-served) via the link below. Space will be limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

4/7: https://docs.google.com/a/law.gwu.edu/forms/d/1TN3lLS8oiQ2h1V6howy4TcyC37dCIK1P2iOIkQeYXaI/viewform?usp=send_form

(2) AIPLA Copyright Committee Request for Assistance

The American Intellectual Property Law Association is looking for law students interested in viewing and reporting on a public meeting hosted by the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force on April 1st. This is an excellent opportunity for law students to assist the AIPLA Copyright Committee in their coverage of noteworthy events in copyright law. Students who cover the meeting will be expected to prepare a report for the AIPLA Copyright Committee. Students have the option to view the event by webinar but may also attend in person.

The Task Force will explore different ways the government can facilitate the development of the online licensing environment for copyright works. Particularly, the Task Force will focus on the development and use of standard identifiers for all types of works of authorship, interoperability among databases and systems used to identify owners of rights and terms of use, and a possible portal for linking to such databases and to licensing platforms.

If you are interested please contact aipla.lsc@gmail.com with a copy of your resume and a brief writing sample or statement of interest. Please note that the meeting will take place on April 1, so offers to assist must be received no later than Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m.

(3​) GW IP Law Spring Katz Lecture

On April 2, 2015 in the Faculty Conference Center, the GW Law Intellectual Property Law Program is presenting a conversation with Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 PM, and the lecture will begin around 6:00 PM.

(4​) San Francisco IPLA Job Fair

The 18th Annual San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA) Job Fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015, at UC Hastings in San Francisco, CA. Registration MUST be completed by May 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM. You may begin bidding on employers as early as April 23, 2015. The Official Announcement and Student Letter are attached, and the registration is now open on Symplicity.

Feel free to contact sfiplajobfair@sfipla.com should you have any questions or require additional information.

3/23 Newsletter

(1) Elephant & Castle Networking Reception 3/23

TODAY FROM 5-7 PM! SIPLA invites you to join GW IP law faculty, alumni and your fellow law students at our Spring Networking Reception! The networking happy hour will be at Elephant & Castle. It should be a great chance to meet new people.

The reception will be held at Elephant & Castle, 900 19th Street N.W. (at the corner of 19th and I). We hope to see you there!

(2) Dean Whealan Roundtable Lunch: 4/7 12-1

Join Dean Whealan for a roundtable luncheon to learn more about careers in patent law. The small-group setting is designed to foster an open dialogue, and will be a great opportunity to learn more about GW’s IP community. The final luncheon will be on April 7th from 12-1 in E112 and will be focused on any questions you may have about firms before Loyola bidding begins. Interested students should sign up (first-come, first-served) via the link below. Space will be limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

4/7: https://docs.google.com/a/law.gwu.edu/forms/d/1TN3lLS8oiQ2h1V6howy4TcyC37dCIK1P2iOIkQeYXaI/viewform?usp=send_form

(3) Opportunity for Article Publication

The Law Students Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association is currently seeking interested law students to publish an article in the Committee’s forthcoming Newsletter. The Newsletter will be coming out in advance of the AIPLA Spring Meeting beginning April 30.

The Committee is able to accept articles on both “hard” and “soft” IP topics, but as of now, the first priority is a “soft” IP article. One case the Committee has found noteworthy is the recent decision in Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., a case with a Supreme Court provenance that finally reached its conclusion at the Ninth Circuit on remand.

In Omega, a luxury watch company sued an American discount warehouse club for importing their watches into the United States without permission from the plaintiff copyright holder. The Ninth Circuit held that the first sale doctrine barred the watch company’s copyright infringement claim because of an authorized first sale of the watches in a foreign jurisdiction. Specifically, the court found that that the first sale doctrine was triggered when plaintiff Omega sold the watches to authorized foreign distributors who then sold them to unidentified third parties that ultimately sold the watches to the defendant. The concurring opinion discussing copyright misuse is also quite interesting, as the use of the copyrighted image on the underside of the watch face in order to facilitate market segmentation has struck many as the quintessential copyright misuse scenario.

This is a great opportunity for student work to get seen by the intellectual property law community and will also serve as an excellent writing sample for any student, going forward.

Interested students should contact aipla.lsc.sps@gmail.com and cc aipla.lsc@gmail.com, expressing their interest in writing on the Omega case or another IP topic.

3/15 Newsletter

(1) SIPLA Employer Outreach Program: March 17th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Our next Employer Outreach Program will host several law firms to take part in a panel on “Effects of Teva Pharmaceuticals on IP Litigation.” We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel. This 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.

Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms:

Covington & Burling LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

The first three Employer Outreach Programs saw more than 100 law students and hosted several attorneys and recruiting personnel.  We anticipate the March 17th program will be even more popular, and hope to see you all there.

Location:

The George Washington University Law School

716 20th Street Northwest,

Washington DC

Faculty Conference Center

Jacob Burns Law Library, 5th Floor

2) Elephant & Castle Networking Reception 3/23

Save the date! SIPLA invites you to join GW IP law faculty, alumni and your fellow law students at our Spring Networking Reception!  The networking happy hour will be on March 23, at Elephant & Castle from 5-7 PM.  It should be a great chance to meet new people.

The reception will be held at Elephant & Castle, 900 19th Street N.W. (at the corner of 19th and I). We hope to see you there!

(3) Dean Whealan Roundtable Lunch: 4/7 12-1

Join Dean Whealan for a roundtable luncheon to learn more about careers in patent law. The small-group setting is designed to foster an open dialogue, and will be a great opportunity to learn more about GW’s IP community. The final luncheon will be on April 7th from 12-1 in E112 and will be focused on any questions you may have about firms before Loyola bidding begins.  Interested students should sign up (first-come, first-served) via the link below. Space will be limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

4/7: https://docs.google.com/a/law.gwu.edu/forms/d/1TN3lLS8oiQ2h1V6howy4TcyC37dCIK1P2iOIkQeYXaI/viewform?usp=send_form

(4) Opportunity for Article Publication

The Law Students Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association is currently seeking interested law students to publish an article in the Committee’s forthcoming Newsletter. The Newsletter will be coming out in advance of the AIPLA Spring Meeting beginning April 30.

The Committee is able to accept articles on both “hard” and “soft” IP topics, but as of now, the first priority is a “soft” IP article. One case the Committee has found noteworthy is the recent decision in Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., a case with a Supreme Court provenance that finally reached its conclusion at the Ninth Circuit on remand.

In Omega, a luxury watch company sued an American discount warehouse club for importing their watches into the United States without permission from the plaintiff copyright holder. The Ninth Circuit held that the first sale doctrine barred the watch company’s copyright infringement claim because of an authorized first sale of the watches in a foreign jurisdiction. Specifically, the court found that that the first sale doctrine was triggered when plaintiff Omega sold the watches to authorized foreign distributors who then sold them to unidentified third parties that ultimately sold the watches to the defendant. The concurring opinion discussing copyright misuse is also quite interesting, as the use of the copyrighted image on the underside of the watch face in order to facilitate market segmentation has struck many as the quintessential copyright misuse scenario. (A copy of the decision is attached.)

This is a great opportunity for student work to get seen by the intellectual property law community and will also serve as an excellent writing sample for any student, going forward.

Interested students should contact aipla.lsc.sps@gmail.com and cc aipla.lsc@gmail.com, expressing their interest in writing on the Omega case or another IP topic.