Newsletter—February 15, 2016

(​1) SIPLA Executive Board Election​ Results!​

Please join us in congratulating the new SIPLA exec board! Transitions will occur over the next few weeks.

President: Adam Bofill
Vice President: Caroline Herald
Treasurer: Akkad Moussa
Regulatory Chair: Emma Frank
Fundraising Chair: Michael Taylor Dimler
Mentoring Chair: Ashley Cade

(​2​) SIPLA ​Constitutional Amendment & Vote

The SIPLA Executive Board has approved an amendment to the SIPLA Constitution regarding the selection of the Soft IP Chair (See Section 209). This amendment will change the time at which the Soft IP Chair is appointed by the IPEL Brief Board from the Fall Semester to the Spring during the normal SIPLA election cycle.

In accordance with Section 402 of the Constitution, the amendment must now be ratified by the SIPLA general body through an online vote. Please click HERE to place your votes by Thursday 2/18 at 11:59pm!

(3) ​Loyola IP Interview Program Registration Deadline​

Don’t Forget to Register for Loyola BEFORE March 10, 2016!

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2016 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 4–5 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.

(​4)​ Harrity & Harrity – 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship​

​The intellectual property firm ​
Harrity & Harrity’s exciting new 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to recruit, retain, and advance 1L students who will contribute to the diversity of the firm’s practice, and includes a $10,000 scholarship!​ ​

The deadline for application submissions is March 31st, 2016.​

(​5) Knobbe Martens ​Trademark ​Cocktail Reception

On Thursday, February 25, from 5:30–7:30 PM, Knobbe Martens is holding a cocktail reception at Co Co Sala (929 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004) for 1L, 2L, and 3L students with technical degrees and a demonstrated interest in​ ​trademark prosecution.

To RSVP, email with a resume by Friday, February 19th.​

Newsletter—February 8, 2016

(​1) SIPLA Executive Board Elections

​SIPLA Executive Board Elections are here! Click here to vote! Please note that you will only be allowed to vote once and that all submissions are final.

Voting for the SIPLA Executive Board Elections will end this Sunday, February 14th, at 11:59 PM.

All results will be announced in next week’s Newsletter!

*You may notice that the Soft IP Chair position was left out of the election form. Upon reviewing our constitution to ensure that this election is run in accordance with our policies, it was uncovered that the position of Soft IP Chair is to be appointed by IPEL and not elected by the SIPLA general body. That being said, all Soft IP Chair candidacy statements that were submitted will be taken into consideration by the IPEL board when it is making its decision.

(​2​) SIPLA IP Interview Prep Session TOMORROW

On Tuesday, February 9th, from 6:00-7:00 PM,​ we are​ ​hosting an IP Interview Prep Session inLL102! This is an extremely useful session to attend as it will give many 1Ls their first look at what a typical IP Law interview is like. We will discuss everything from how to prepare for interviews to answering specific questions commonly asked by interviewers.

Again, we highly recommend that all SIPLA members, specifically our 1L members, attend this event as it will help you with your coming interviews (which are right around the corner)! Food and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

(3) GW Law IP Networking Reception

RSVP here​!​

On Thursday, Febraury 11th, from 5:00–7:00 PM, the GW Law IP Department and SIPLA are hosting the annual IP Networking Reception in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (800 21st St, NW; third floor)! Over 35 employers with an intellectual property practice will be in attendance, including law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Drinks & Hors D’oeuvres will be served.

Participating employers will be collecting resumes. However, all interested students MUST RSVP as soon as possible because you will not receive the resume collection instructions until the RSVP is finalized.​

(4) Soft IP Lunch Series: Career Pathways in Copyright and Trademark

Please join us for the second installment of SIPLA/IPEL’s Soft IP Lunch Series featuring Douglas “Chip” Rettew, Head of Finnegan’s Trademark and Copyright group, and a GW Law alum. Mr. Rettew will offer advice on pursuing a career in soft IP, including what firms look for in a soft IP candidate, and answer questions from students. Lunch will be provided.

​When​: Wednesday, February 17th ​from ​12​:00​–1:30​ PM​

Where:​ Student Conference Center (SCC)​

(5) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session

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 Dean Whealan and students who have participated in the past.  Refreshments will be served.  All students welcome!!​

More information​ available at: GW Law School Munich IP Summer Program

​When: ​Thursday, February 18​ from ​3:15 to 4:15 PM
​Where: ​Stuart G04 (basement of Stuart Hall)

​*Please note: This is the second information session about the Munich program.  If you attended the session in October, you are welcome to come to this session, but it it not necessary to do so.  The same information will be covered.

(​6) Knobbe Martens​ Trademark Cocktail Reception

On Thursday, February 25, from 5:30–7:30 PM, Knobbe Martens is holding a cocktail reception at Co Co Sala (929 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004) for 1L, 2L, and 3L students with technical degrees and a demonstrated interest in​ ​trademark prosecution. The official flyer is attached.

To RSVP, email with a resume by Friday, February 19th.​

(7) Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House

​On Wednesday February 17th, at 9:30 AM, Paul Hastings ​is hosting an IP Practice Open House​ in their DC Office​.​ Attorneys from both the Electronics and Pharmaceutical branches of ​the Paul Hastings ​IP group​ will​ discuss the practice and meet with students over breakfast. There will be representatives who work here in D.C. as well as attorneys from some of ​Paul Hastings’​ other domestic offices. We strongly encourage all interested 1Ls with applicable backgrounds to attend.​​


To RSVP, email tracyrichardson@ by February 10th.

Newsletter—February 3, 2016

(1) IP Networking Reception Student Invitation

On Thursday, February 11th, the Career Center hosts the IP Networking Fair from 5–7PM in the Marvin Center Ballroom. Meet with firms and other organizations looking for IP candidates. RSVP at:

(2) AIPLA Practical Training Webinar

​T​he first AIPLA Practical Training Webinar of 2016 is this Thursday, February 4th from 4:00-5:00 pm Eastern Time. Entitled “How Do I Protect That? A Mock Client Interview Identifying Protectable IP in Terms of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets,” the presentation will address the practical intersections of various intellectual property schemes. Even if your law school is not one of the participating schools, AIPLA has made the program free for all academic members. You can register on the AIPLA website.

If you have any questions please feel free to​ ​contact or​ ​

​(3) SIPLA Endorses Mike Omboni for SBA Executive Vice President

We are very proud to announce our support for Mike Omboni for SBA Executive Vice President. Mike has long been a friend of SIPLA. He has a track record of getting things done during his 2 years as a Senator. He has always been easy to approach and has helped provide guidance to SIPLA in the annual budgeting process. He is also the President of the newly formed Entrepreneurship & Law Society, a student organization that has a strong relationship with SIPLA due in part to Mike’s leadership. Mike has served on a variety of committees during his time as a senator including as a member of the SBA Senate Student Organizations & Charter Committee. He will make sure the SBA Senate cuts through the red tape, best utilizes all of its resources, and focuses on the substantive issues that will ensure our organization and the SBA as a whole continues to innovate and improve student life at GW Law.

You can support Mike by joining his Facebook event page here!

Newsletter—January 31, 2016

(1) SIPLA Executive Board Elections!​​

​SIPLA Executive Board Elections are upon us! ​
As promised, we have provided the elections link below. We ask that anyone interested in running for a position to fill out this form by​ Sunday​, ​February 7th at 11:59 PM. Regarding candidacy statements, a paragraph or two will be sufficient.

​Link com/forms/d/ 1PubteAOZB3YzPwZLspxaqxbYbpqDw VGgm1QoLR9fWZE/viewform.​

You can also watch the following video (taken at this semester’s General Body Meeting) of each current position-holder explaining his or her experience and responsibilities: https:// presentation/6682d96c-1858- 4e14-a7b3-75834d2cfb30. Note: the Executive Board positions discussion spans from 4:25 to 13:30 in the video.

We highly encourage all that are interested to apply for a position.

(​2​) SIPLA Spring 2016 Events Schedule

2/9/16 – Interview Prep #2, 6​:00​–7​:00​ PM

2/17/16 – Soft IP Lunch Series #2, 12:00–1:30 PM

2/24/16 – Employer Outreach #4, 5​:00–​7:30 PM

3/9/16 – Employer Outreach #5, 5​:00​–7:30 PM

(​3) IPEL General Body Meeting

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law (IPEL) Brief—GW Law’s student run soft IP blog—is holding our spring general body meeting this coming Tuesday, February 2nd at 8​ PM in Stuart 201.

Come enjoy free pizza and learn how you can begin contributing to the blog!

​(4)​ Upcoming IP Department Events

​Wednesday, February 3rd: IP Speaker Series
Irina Manta, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Student Conference Center, Second Floor, Lisner

Thursday, February 11th: IP Networking Fair
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 800 21st Street, NW 3rd Floor

​We highly encourage all SIPLA members to attend these events, specifically the IP Networking Fair.

(​5) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Office of General Counsel​ Interviews​

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Office of General Counsel will be on campus to interview 1L and 2LE students on Friday, February 12th—the day after the IP Networking Fair. They will also be attending the IP Fair, on Thursday, February 11th.

Students are encouraged to apply through the Spring Recruitment Program site on Symplicity.

(​6) AIPLA Quarterly Journal Student-Practitioner Partnership Program​​

Interested in improving your legal writing while networking with real practitioners in intellectual property law? The AIPLA Quarterly Journal is proud to announce​its​
student-practitioner partnership program, the AIPLAQJ CAP program! This program pairs practitioners who need research and/or writing assistance with students interested in intellectual property law. The program is open to 2L, 3L, and 4L students, and you do NOT have to be a member of AIPLAQJ to participate. AIPLA will pair students and practitioners, and the students and practitioners will then be responsible for negotiating their individual partnership terms. All participants in the program will sign a partnership contract which AIPLA will maintain on file. Articles written through the partnership program agree to give AIPLAQJ right of first refusal.

​AIPLAQJ​ currently h​as​ several practitioners from Finnegan interested in partnering with students, so this is an excellent opportunity for students interested in IP​!
Interested students should:

​(1) ​Fill out the following form a/ GETS8DI1pDymQ2dCRKyg0UjNvtrTZa ZTA9b9_A1o/viewform.

​(2) ​Email their resume, with GPA removed, to (​CC​:​ ​, subject line “AIPLAQJ CAP, Student Resume,​ [​family name​]​”

If you have any questions, please email,​ CC​:,​ ​
using the subject line “Partnership Program Inquiry​.​”

(​7)​ Munich Intellectual Property Summer 2016 Program
Study international and comparative intellectual property law in Europe’s IP Capital! You can earn up to four credits​ by choosing from six courses in the ABA-approved program. Planned courses include: Trade Secrets; Specialized Intellectual Property Courts; Internet Law; International Intellectual  Property Exhaustion; Functionality in Trademark, Copyright, and Design Law; and IP and Global Entrepreneurship. The program also includes special lectures and visits to local intellectual property institutions. Session I begins on May 23rd and ends on June 3rd, and Session II begins on June 6 and ends on June 17. Both Sessions will take place in the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.

For more information, visit ​

(​8)​ ​Paul Hastings IP Practice Open House

​On Wednesday February 17th, at 9:30 AM, Paul Hastings​is hosting an IP Practice Open House​ in their DC Office​.​ Attorneys from both the Electronics and Pharmaceutical branches of ​the Paul Hastings ​IP group​ will​ discuss the practice and meet with students over breakfast. There will be representatives who work here in D.C. as well as attorneys from some of​Paul Hastings’​ other domestic offices. We strongly encourage all interested 1Ls with applicable backgrounds to attend.​


To RSVP, email by February 10th.

​(​9) Finnegan Trademark and Copyright Group 1L Summer Associate Position

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is currently accepting outstanding 1L applications for summer 2016 in its Trademark and Copyright group. Interested candidates should contact Finnegan’s Chief Recruitment Officer, Tim Henderson, at:

​(10) W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Summer Internship Position​

W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is looking for several students that are interested in IP law for summer internship positions. Students will be working out of the W.L. Gore & Associates Newark, DE office. For more information, please email Laura Mack at