Newsletter—October 23, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Law Student Reports Program

(2) ALES Panel Discussion

(3) SIPLA Interview Prep Session

(4) DC Bar IP Event

(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Adam Weiss

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Law Student Reports Program

GW Law students are invited to apply to the Law Student Reporters Program. Participants selected for the Program are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 32nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, DC on April 5-6, 2017. During the event, students attend the Section’s premier CLE programs and network with Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the nation while reporting on the content of the CLE programming via social media. This is a great opportunity for students to distinguish themselves in the area of Intellectual Property Law.

Applications for the program’s first round of decisions are due Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5PM EST. The application can be accessed here: http://goo.gl/forms/X2RfgkWFPV. More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group athttp://goo.gl/1KHSU. Any questions on the program can be sent tolawstudentreporters@gmail.com.

(2) ALES Panel Discussion

GW’s Art Law and Entertainment Society (ALES) has invited SIPLA members to attend a panel, which will discuss areas of law that make up “art law” and “entertainment law,” including copyright, trademark, contracts, and others. Three GW Law professors who teach art law and entertainment law will speak about what those legal fields entail, relevant courses students should consider taking (spring registration is coming up!), and career advice for students looking for jobs and internships in these areas.

The panel will take place on Oct. 31st, 12:30-1:30pm in the SCC, and lunch will be provided.

(3) SIPLA Interview Prep Session

On Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5:00-6:00pm, SIPLA will be hosting an IP Interview Training session in LL 102! 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)! Pizza and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

(4) DC Bar IP Event

DC Bar’s IP Section, in conjunction with the US Patent and Trademark Office, will be hosting an event on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4:30-7:30pm at the DC Bar (1101 K Street NW). The event will feature presentations from some senior staff at the USPTO, discussing the office’s patent quality initiatives. The event will also feature a panel discussion about trending topics in patent law, featuring both local patent practitioners and some upper-level USPTO staff. Best part: registration is free for students.
More info on the event is here: http://www.dcbar.org/marketplace/event-details.cfm?productCD=141709IPTC&type=event. To take advantage of the free student registration, please email sectionsregistration@dcbar.org. I hope to see you there!

(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Adam Weiss

SIPLA Spotlight is the Newsletter’s new segment in which we feature a different 2L or 3L SIPLA member​ every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds to the 1L SIPLA members. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (they have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice)!

This week, the spotlight is on 3L Adam Weiss.

Adam attended George Institute of Technology, receiving a BS in Aerospace Engineering (with a focus on Spacecraft) and a BS in International Affairs (focusing on both East Asian Economics and Transatlantic Security). After graduating, Adam moved out to the West Coast and spent 3 years working at Boeing in Huntington Beach, California. He worked in the Phantom Works Division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, specifically in advanced space exploration. While there, Adam worked on a new rocket booster system proposal for the US Air Force and one of the front-running proposals to replace the space shuttle. Adam then took a year off to focus on applying to law school.

During his 1L year, Adam served as the 1L Senator for Brandeis Inn. As part of his growing interest in IP, Adam participated in a 1 month internship at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox during the spring. He spent his 1L summer at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, the largest immigration firm in the world, working on administrative actions and applications for commercial visas.

During his 2L year, Adam served as the Executive Vice President of the SBA, externed in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and participated in Law Revue. He spent his 2L summer at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in their IP litigation group, but has realized through this experience that he is more interested in doing prosecution work.

This year, Adam is the President of the SBA, and continues to be an active member of both SIPLA and Lambda Law. In addition, Adam is one of the note editors for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. In his free time (what free time? – Adam), he likes to watch the Georgia Tech football games with the alumni association in DC, sing karaoke, and make his own Halloween costumes.

Newsletter—October 16, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Internship Opportunity: CREATe
(2) Spring 2016 Chemical & Biotech Patent Course
(3) Spring 2016 Advanced Topics in Patent Litigation Course 
(4) SIPLA Spotlight: Siri Rao
 
(1) Internship Opportunity: CREATe
The Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe) is seeking a Research and Communications Intern.  The position will work with our Director of Marketing and Communications and others to conduct research and write papers, blog posts and other communications to contribute to CREATe’s visibility in social media and other outlets.

The ideal candidate is a graduate student with an interest in the intersection of public policy, international relations and business.  The internship will be a part-time internship during the school year.  There will be a stipend for the part-time position during the school year. The position is based in Washington, D.C. See the attached flyer for more information. SIPLA Board member Christina Mitropoulos worked with CREATe and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

(2) Spring 2016 Chemical & Biotech Patent Course

This coming Spring, Professor​s Joseph ​Straus and Martin Adelman will be co-teach​ing​ a chemical and biotech patent course​, ​which is a signature course for students who are truly interested in patent law. Professor Straus is one of ​the most honored and famous members​ of our IP faculty. Because it is an honor for GW ​Law ​to have Professor Straus on our faculty, we​ hope that our patent law students take advantage of his presence on our campus by enrolling in his ​cours​e when the time for class selection comes around. Professor Straus’s amazing ​CV​ may be found at: http://www.ip.mpg.de/en/persons/prof-dr-dres-hc-joseph-straus.html.

(3) Spring 2016 Advanced Topics in Patent Litigation Course 

Another exciting course to consider for next semester is the Advanced Topics in Patent Litigation Course, taught by Visiting Professor Andrew Michaels. See the attached syllabus for more information.

(4) SIPLA Spotlight: Siri Rao
Siri is a 3L, and she attended GW for undergrad, where she majored in Biomedical Engineering. Before joining law school, she worked at the FDA as a research assistant in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Siri is a transfer student, completing her first year of law school at the University of Maryland. She is very interested in pro-bono work, so she spent her 1L summer working at the Maryland Disability Law Center in Baltimore. She had an amazing experience and learned a lot about disability rights.
During her 2L year, Siri continued exploring her pro-bono interest by interning at he Court of Federal Claims in the Vaccine Division. Siri is very interested in both IP litigation and prosecution, and spent her 2L summer at Crowell and Moring in their IP practice group.
This year, Siri is a student editor on AIPLA and is working as a legal intern with the Special Olympics. In her downtime, she enjoys binge watching trashy reality television (no judgments!).

Newsletter—October 9, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) IP Speaker Series

(2) PLI Patent Bar Presentation

(3) 2L & 3L Job Opportunity: Sterne Kessler

(4) 2L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner, IP Litigation

(5) Join ABA-IPL’s Monthly Conference Calls

(6) Seyforth Shaw IP Seminar Series

(7) SIPLA Spotlight: Phillip Beck

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/

(1) IP Speaker Series

On Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 12-1:30 pm in the SCC​, the IP Department will be hosting the second installment of the IP Speaker Series. Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, for her discussion “Beyond Market Failure Analyses of Innovation: Taking account of Social Network Failures.”

(2) PLI Patent Bar Presentation

​I​f 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, Practising 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 the Exam, 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:          Wednesday, October 12th

Time:          5:00pm-6:00pm

Location:    Lisner Hall, Room 102

Please visit us on the Web for a wealth of information on the resources we offer:

www.PatentOfficeExamCourse.com       www.pli.edu

(3) 2L & 3L Job Opportunity: Sterne Kessler

Sterne Kessler’s summer associate program is a primary source for our entry level attorney class each year. Our goal is to discover talented individuals who have the potential for outstanding legal careers and who can deliver meaningful contributions to the firm, our clients and the community. It is our priority to provide challenging responsibilities and opportunities to our summer associates in a hardworking, yet relaxed atmosphere. The program provides assignments, evaluations, trainings, and team structure, all designed to reflect what life is like for an attorney at Sterne Kessler.

While we work hard, we don’t forget to have fun! A variety of social events are planned each summer which include a welcome reception, crab feast, sporting events, cooking classes, dinner parties, and more. Meeting and getting to know our attorneys is an important part of your experience. Our attorneys come from diverse backgrounds, each contributing to the firms’ success. These events provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet more of our lawyers and for us to get to know you!

Thanks again for your interest in Sterne Kessler.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Please Apply Here

(4) 2L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner, IP Litigation

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking second-year JD students interested in IP to join its 2017 Summer Associate Program. Our ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities, take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions, value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect, and do their best work when functioning as part of a team. To be considered for an IP Summer Associate Position, a candidate must have excellent academic credentials, attend an ABA-accredited law school and hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or another related science.

To apply, submit a resume, law school transcript, graduate transcript, and undergraduate transcript through our Careers website: www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “2L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office (2017)” and / or “2L IP Summer Associate/Boston Office (2017)”) and e-mail Kristin Kissiah Willig, Regional Recruiting Manager, at kwillig@foley.com. Please reference the IP Litigation summer associate position in the subject line.

Foley & Lardner is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet/ Disabled Employer.

(5) Join ABA-IPL’s Monthly Conference Calls

The Law Student Action Group (LSAG) of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is the source of all programs, events, and opportunities available for ABA-IPL law student members. If you are not already yet a registered ABA and IPL member, please join now and share this opportunity with your classmates! The ABA is free for law students to join. In addition, law students can join five specialty groups, including the ABA-IPL, for free.

LSAG holds monthly conference calls on the first Thursday of every month to discuss relevant IP news, latest actions by the ABA-IPL’s substantive committees, and recent opportunities for law students. We welcome you to join us on our first call of this year this Thursday, Oct. 6th at 1pm EST / 10am PST! We will send out a reminder and online agenda link through the LSAG list-serve the day before.

The call in details are: Call-in number: 866-646-6488 / code: 3219-88-5608.

One of our most successful programs is the Law Student Reporter program, which allows law students the opportunity to attend ABA-IPL conferences in exchange for blogging and live-tweeting the CLE panels. The program is a fantastic opportunity to grow your national IP network while also gaining substantive knowledge of your IP areas of interest. The application for the annual IPLSpring 2017 conference is now live:goo.gl/forms/r8SysbNSm25kPbOr1. Please email lawstudentreporters@gmail.com with any questions.

(6) Seyforth Shaw IP Seminar Series

Sheyforth Shaw invites SIPLA members to participate in its Intellectual Property Seminar Series. See the attached flyer for more information. Anyone interested in attending any of the scheduled seminars should email Dean L. Fanelli, Ph.D., at least 3 days prior to the event.

(7) ​SIPLA​ Spotlight: Phillip Beck

Phillip is the former Regulatory Chair for SIPLA, having served in the role during the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Phillip attended Brigham Young University, where he studied Physiology and Developmental Biology. After graduating, he spent two years working as a product specialist in scientific research support for a pharmaceutical company.

With a strong interest in patent litigation and appellate practice, Phillip spent his 1L and 2L summers focused on patent law. During his 1L summer, Phillip split his time between the Department of Justice – Intellectual Property Section (focusing on patent and copyright litigation brought in the Court of Federal Claims) and Strain & Strain (learning the ins and outs of patent prosecution). Phillip continued working at Strain during his 2L year as a law clerk.

During his 2L summer, Phillip worked at the Ropes & Gray DC office in their IP Litigation group, with a focus on patent litigation in a variety of forums (district court, International Trade Commission, Patent Trial & Appeal Board, and Federal Circuit). Additionally, Phillip has worked as a research assistant for Dean Whealan.

This year, Phillip is a student editor for AIPLA Quarterly Journal, and is interning at the Federal Circuit.

Outside of law school, Phillip enjoys binge-watching Netflix, trying new restaurants, and playing Pokemon Go with his wife.

 Seyforth Shaw IP Seminar Series Flyer: intellectual-property-seminar-series-2016-3-3

Newsletter—October 2, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program

(2) 2L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

(3) The Federalist Society presents: “Technology and the Law: How Government Regulation Can Spur or Deter Innovation”

(4) PLI Patent Bar Presentation

(5) “Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity” Conference at George Mason

(6) Post-Grant Practice Roundtable Discussion

(7) IP Speaker Series

(8) ​SIPLA​ Spotlight: Nicole Sharer

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/ .

(1) Employer Outreach Program

On Wednesday, October 5th, from 5-7:30 PM, SIPLA will host its first Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from 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.

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

Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms*:

Baker Botts LLP

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Desmarais LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

*The firms in attendance will not be collecting resumes or any sort of credentials from 1Ls, as it is against NALP guidelines to collect them at this time.

(2) 2L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking second-year JD students interested in IP to join its 2017 Summer Associate Program. Our ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities, take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions, value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect, and do their best work when functioning as part of a team. To be considered for an IP Summer Associate Position, a candidate must have excellent academic credentials, attend an ABA-accredited law school and hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry.  An MS or PhD is required.

To apply, submit a resume, law school transcript, graduate transcript, and undergraduate transcript through our Careers website: www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “2L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office (2017)” and / or “2L IP Summer Associate/Boston Office (2017)”) and e-mail Kristin Kissiah Willig, Regional Recruiting Manager, at kwillig@foley.com. Please reference the Chem Bio summer associate position in the subject line.

Foley & Lardner is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet/ Disabled Employer.

(3) The Federalist Society presents: “Technology and the Law: How Government Regulation Can Spur or Deter Innovation”

The Federalist Society would like to invite all ​SIPLA members​ to its special FTC event, hosting Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen this Monday, Oct. 3 at 12pm in the Moot Court Room. She and Prof. Dmitry Karshtedt will both speak on technology, innovation and the role of government regulation. Prof. Renee Lerner will moderate and free lunch from Taylor Gourmet will be served.

See the attached flyer.

(4) PLI Patent Bar Presentation

​I​f 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, Practising 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 the Exam, 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:          Wednesday, October 12th

Time:          5:00pm-6:00pm

Location:    Lisner Hall, Room 102

Please visit us on the Web for a wealth of information on the resources we offer:www.PatentOfficeExamCourse.com       www.pli.edu

(5) “Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity” Conference at George Mason

On October 6-7, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason Law will be hosting our Annual Fall Conference: “Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity.”

The conference will feature a keynote address from Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, the first wearable insulin pump, and many other inventions secured by more than 440 patents, as well as panels of IP experts from industry, academic and policy fields.

To view the conference agenda and to register (registration is free for students), please visit the conference website at: http://cpip.gmu.edu/conferences/2016-fall-conference/.

(6) Post-Grant Practice Roundtable Discussion

The IP Department’s Post Grant Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 7th 12-5pm. It will be a round-table, co-moderated, format. I hope some of you can join. It is free and several folks have already registered. We appreciate you RSVP’ing to get an attendance number for food and other logistical information.  A casual lunch will be provided at noon; and a reception will follow the event.

See the attached flyer for a list of topics and table-participants.

(7) IP Speaker Series

On Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 12-1:30 pm in the SCC​, the IP Department will be hosting the second installment of the IP Speaker Series. Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, for her discussion “Beyond Market Failure Analyses of Innovation: Taking account of Social Network Failures.”

(8) SIPLA​ Spotlight: Nicole Sharer

​SIPLA Spotlight is the Newsletter’s new segment in which we will be featuring a different 2L or 3L SIPLA member​ every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds to the 1L SIPLA members. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (they have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice)!

Nicole is a very active and involved member of SIPLA, having served as the Mentoring Chair for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Nicole studied Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to law school, she worked as a Technology Consultant specializing in Big Data and predictive analytics. Nicole spent her 1L summer working for Finnegan in Washington D.C., continuing throughout her 2L year as a law clerk where she did ligation assignments for pharmaceutical clients. After her 2L year, Nicole split her summer between Finnegan in Washington D.C. and Sullivan & Cromwell in NYC.

Nicole is interested in IP Transactions — selling, buying and licensing of IP rights. She feels this practice area is the best fit for her skills gained while working in consulting. She is also interested in IP and technology aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

During 2L year, Nicole participated in the LRW program as a Writing Fellow. She also participated in and was a finalist for the the internal Rothwell IP Moot Court competition and a national semi-finalist at the Giles Rich Moot Court competition.

This year, Nicole is the Executive Notes Editor for the AIPLA QJ where she oversees the upper-level scholarly writing course for 2L members. She continues to be involved with the LRW program, this year as a Dean’s Fellow. This semester, Nicole is interning at the Federal Circuit.

This fall, Nicole plans to run her 5th Marathon….I guess you could say she likes to run.

Flyers:

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