9/24 Newsletter

(1) Congrats to This Year’s 1L, Transfer, and LLM Reps!

Thank you to everyone that applied to be a 1L, Transfer, or LLM Rep! We really appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and interest in being a part of the SIPLA Board. Below are this year’s Reps:

Brandeis – Maleena Paal

Jackson – Akkad Moussa

Jay – Orrin Neitzke

Marshall – Emma Frank

O’Connor – Caroline Herald

Transfer – Brittany Pont

LLM – Diana Paulina Trujillo

(2) 1L Cardozo Rep Needed!

We are still looking for a 1L Cardozo Rep! Please email Adam Bofill at abofill@law.gwu.edu as soon as possible if you are interested in holding this position.

(3) October 7th Employer Outreach Program

On Wednesday, October 7th, from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, SIPLA will host its first Employer Outreach Program of the year. Several law firms will take part in a panel on “Finding Your Path in IP.” 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.

Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms:

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Foley & Lardner, LLP

Ropes & Gray, LLP

Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C.

Last year’s Employer Outreach Programs saw on average more than 100 law students in attendance and hosted several attorneys and recruiting personnel.  We anticipate this year’s programs will be even more popular, and hope to see you all there.


The George Washington University Law School

716 20th Street Northwest,

Washington DC

Faculty Conference Center

Jacob Burns Law Library, 5th Floor

(4) Practicing Law Institute Patent Bar Presentation

If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practicing Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by John White, Academic Director of PLI’s Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include:

·         The latest info on the Patent Office Exam,

·         Who can take it,

·         How it works, now that it’s on computer and “on demand,”

·         When you should take it,

·         How the America Invents Act is impacting it, and

·         Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam.

Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed.

Date:          Monday, October 5th

Time:          12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location:    Moot Court Room (First Floor Lerner)

Please visit PLI on the Web for a wealth of information on the resources they offer:

www.PatentOfficeExamCourse.com & www.pli.edu

(5) 3L Paid Fellowship Opportunity

U.S. Copyright Office, Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program:
Applications due on October 15, 2015
The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (“Ringer Honors Program”) offers 18 to 24-month paid fellowships for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law (“Ringer Fellows”). Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA), the Office of the Register (REG) and/or the Registration Program Office (RP) on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters. In addition to performing an important public service, Ringer Fellows acquire unparalleled insight into the U.S. copyright system to draw upon in their future careers.  See the link below for application information:

Link: http://copyright.gov/about/special-programs/ringer. html

(6) Reminder: Upcoming Events

10/7/15 – SIPLA Employer Outreach Series, 5:00-7:30 PM, FCC
10/28/15 – SIPLA IP Interview Training, 5:00-6:00 PM, LL102
11/4/15 – SIPLA Employer Outreach Series, 5:00-7:30 PM, FCC

9/11 Newsletter

(1) Apply to be a SIPLA 1L or Transfer Rep!

If you are interested in being a SIPLA 1L or Transfer Rep for your section, please fill out the google form below with your statement of interest! We will select one representative from each section to join the SIPLA board. Applications are due Friday, September 18th.

Link: https://docs.google.com/a/law.gwu.edu/forms/d/1cTh-Veyg-Svl34wUoV6zBt3al_Hwi87z4NRZHM4WyVM/viewform?usp=send_form

(2) Upcoming SIPLA Events

9/21/15 – Soft IP Mixer ​sponsored by IPEL, 5-7 PM, Black Rooster Pub
10/7/15 – SIPLA Employer Outreach Series, 5-7:30 PM, FCC
10/28/15 – SIPLA IP Interview Training, 5-6 PM, LL102
11/4/15 – SIPLA Employer Outreach Series, 5-7:30 PM, FCC

(3) Strain & Strain Patent Training Program

If you are a first or second year student that is interested in IP and looking for a way to expand your experience in the field, consider the 2015-2016 IP Training Program with Strain & Strain PLLC. The training will include Friday meets where participants will be provided with lunch, and participants will discuss topics ranging from the basics of patent prosecution and litigation to the recent and continuing changes in the body of patent law. Interested applicants should submit a resume to the Training Program Coordinator at: training@strainpllc.com.