Newsletter—March 28, 2016

(1) Spring 2016 A. Sidney Katz Lecture this Wednesday!

The Spring 2016 A. Sidney Katz Lecture will be given by Judge Bryson of the Federal Circuit this Wednesday, March 30th. It will take place in the Faculty Conference Center beginning at 5:30pm.

(2) Foley & Lardner 1L In-Office Panel & Reception March 30th

On Wednesday, March 30th, from 5:00-6:30pm Foley and Lardner will host an in-office panel and reception.

(3) Kilpatrick Townsend Federal Circuit Event April 5th

Kilpatrick Townsend invites George Washington University law students to attend an oral argument at the Federal Circuit on Tuesday, April 5th at 9:00am. Following the argument, Kilpatrick will host the students at their office for an after-action discussion with their IP attorneys.

(4) PwC 2L Entertainment Law Job Opportunity

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is looking for a 2L to join their Technology, Information, Communications & Entertainment team for this summer. Interested applicants must apply via the PwC website and through symplicity to be considered. For more information, please see symplicity job posting: 37568. 

Newsletter—March 21, 2016

(1) GW Law IP Year End Reception: RSVP Required

To celebrate the end of the academic year and the accompanying final publications, the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal (AIPLA QJ) in association with the Federal Circuit Bar Journal (FCBJ) and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) is hosting an end of the year IP reception on the evening of Friday, April 1st from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. We’ll be taking over the entire LLC!

Food and beverages will be served. Additionally, Former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Randall Rader and his band DeNovo will be performing live! If that wasn’t convincing enough, the event will also be an incredible networking opportunity. We are expecting a bunch of partners and associates from major I.P. law firms and litigation boutiques in the D.C. area to attend. On that note, we have called for Cocktail Attire, so everyone should err on the side of dressing professionally.

RSVP is required so if you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday March 25th at midnight at: http://goo.gl/forms/4cXesysY6R.

(2) Spring 2016 A. Sidney Katz Lecture: Judge Bryson

The Spring 2016 A. Sidney Katz Lecture will be given by Judge Bryson of the Federal Circuit on Wednesday, March 30th. It will take place in the Faculty Conference Center beginning at 5:30pm.

(3) Copyright Society of the USA Event March 22nd

On Tuesday, March 22nd the Copyright Society of the USA is hosting an event here at GW called: “Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: A Presentation of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.” The event will be held in the Tasher Great Room from 6:00-8:00pm. GW Law students do not need to register in order to attend.

(4) Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic Event March 23rd

GW’s Small Business and Community Economic Development (SBCED) Clinic would like to invite SIPLA members to attend an event this Wednesday, March 23rd. The GW SBCED Clinic is a member of the USPTO’s Law School Certification program, which allows students enrolled in the clinic to practice before the USPTO. As a result of this partnership, two staff attorneys from the USPTO will visit the GW Clinic to meet with students and discuss job opportunities for those interested in working at the USPTO. The event will take place from 5:15-6:00 pm in the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics building.

(5) Kilpatrick Townsend: Craft Your Career March 24th

This Thursday, March 24th Kilpatrick Townsend will host a reception at the Bluejacket Brewery from 6:00-8:00 pm.

(6) Foley & Lardner 1L In-Office Panel & Reception March 30th

On Wednesday, March 30th, from 5:00-6:30 pm, Foley and Lardner will host an in-office panel on “What to Expect as an IP Summer Associate and Beyond” followed by a reception.

(7) Kilpatrick Townsend Federal Circuit Event April 5th

 Kilpatrick Townsend invites George Washington University law students to attend an oral argument at the Federal Circuit on Tuesday, April 5th at 9:00am. Following the argument, Kilpatrick will host the students at their office for an after-action discussion with their IP attorneys.

(8) American University Law Review Federal Circuit Symposium

On Thursday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00pm the American University Law Review will host a Federal Circuit Symposium on “Reviewability of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Decision to Institute Post-Grant Proceedings.”

Newsletter—March 14, 2016

(1) Spring 2016 A. Sidney Katz Lecture: Judge Bryson

The Spring 2016 A. Sidney Katz Lecture will be given by Judge Bryson of the Federal Circuit on March 30th. It will take place in the Faculty Conference Center beginning at 5:30 pm. The invitation for the event is attached.

(2) AIPLA Quarterly Journal First Annual Symposium March 18th

We are pleased to invite you to the first annual American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal (AIPLA QJ) Symposium!  The theme of the Symposium this year is “The Life of a Claim Term.”  We are excited to feature such distinguished speakers, moderators and panelists, including retired Chief Judge Paul Michel, Judge Susan G. Braden, Judge Thomas Pender of the ITC, Administrative Patent Judge Grace Obermann, and our keynote speaker, William Jay, who argued before the Supreme Court in Teva, among others.

Check-in and light breakfast begins at 8 AM. Symposium and reception are from 9 AM to 6:30 PM.

The event is FREE for students, if you would like to attend register here!

(3) Alumni Opportunity: Harrity & Harrity Patent Associate Trainee Program

Harrity & Harrity is hiring for its Patent Associate Training Program.* The patent associate trainee program is a temporary position with the firm for up to four months, during which time, you will be trained in the skills that are needed to prepare high quality patent applications for leading technology companies.  Should you successfully complete the training program, there is a strong possibility that you would be offered a full-time associate position with the  firm.  To apply for this position, submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for the program to pat@harrityllp.com. For more information, see the attached flyer.

*Please note: In order to apply for this position, you must have a J.D., have passed a bar or are awaiting bar results, and have either a B.S. or M.S. in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, or physics. The firm will also consider other similar technical degree backgrounds.

(4) American University Law Review Federal Circuit Symposium

On Thursday, March 24th from 5:00-7:00pm the American University Law Review will host a Federal Circuit Symposium on “Reviewability of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Decision to Institute Post-Grant Proceedings.” For more information, please see the attached flyer.

(5) Foley & Lardner In-Office Panel & Reception

The week of March 28th Foley & Lardner will host a panel and reception for 1Ls at their office here in DC. More details will follow in next week’s newsletter.

(6) PatBar Patent Bar Review Course Coupons

PatBar has provided SIPLA with a limited amount of coupons for $300 off the course price for their patent bar review course. If you are interested in taking the course and would like a coupon, please e-mail sipla@law.gwu.edu.

Newsletter—March 6, 2016

(1) Reminder: Employer Outreach Program #5 this Wednesday!

The fifth installment of our Employer Outreach Series is happening WEDNESDAY, March 9th, from 5:00 –7:30 PM in the SCC.

Wednesday’s program will host several law firms to take part in a panel on “Succeeding As An IP Summer Associate And Beyond.” 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.
Participating Firms:*

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

McDermott, Will & Emery

Baker Botts LLP

*The firms in attendance will be collecting resumes from 1Ls and all other students.

Dress Code: Business Professional

Location: Student Conference Center, Lisner Hall, 2nd Floor

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

(2) Last Chance to Register for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program! Deadline 3/10

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2016 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, August 4 & Friday, August 5, in Chicago, Illinois.

Only law students are eligible to participate in the Patent Law Interview Program. It is not required that students be patent bar eligible to register for the program; however, many employers require patent bar eligibility. The last day to register is this Thursday, March 10! Check out http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_schools.html for more information on this year’s program.

We highly recommend that all students interested in a career in Intellectual Property law register for this recruiting event because it is where most SIPLA members find their 2L summer jobs.

(3) FinTech Forum: The Convergence of Finance, Technology, and the Law

You are cordially invited to join the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance for its first FinTech Forum: The Convergence of Finance, Technology, and the Law

When: Thursday, March 10th, 8:30 am-6:00 pm

Where: Jack Morton Auditorium

This free day-long conference will feature industry leaders, academic experts, government regulators, and legal scholars to discuss the future of new financial technologies and what it means for the law.

Panel session topics include:

Panel 1: Banks as Incubators of Innovation

Panel 2: Blockchain Banking and Digital Finance

Panel 3: The Role of Regulation: Benefit vs. Burden

Panel 4: Will “FinTech” Banks Rule the World?

To register for the event, click here.

(4) Hogan Lovells: Houston IP Summer Associate Position (1L/2L)

The Houston office of Hogan Lovells US LLP is accepting 1L and 2L applications for the 2016 summer associate program. They are seeking candidates who have a serious long-term interest in living and practicing in Houston and who have a strong preference in Intellectual Property, particularly with an engineering, scientific or technical background.

To apply, see Symplicity Job Posting Number: 37168.