Newsletter—November 27, 2016

Please find the latest announcement below:

(1) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception

(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

(4) SIPLA Spotlight: Taylor Caldwell

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(1) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception

Knobbe Martens is hosting a Home for the Holidays cocktail reception for law students who will be in the Southern California area for the holidays. Our event is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at our Orange County office.

We wanted to reach out to those of you with technical degrees or an interest in trademark prosecution to personally invite you to what we’re sure will be a fun event for all!

Please see the attachment for more information.

(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program

Latham & Watkins’ 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to spend about half their summer in one of our US offices and the remaining half in-house in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our annual Diversity Leadership Academy in late March 2017 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks, the following summer.  Upon acceptance of the offer to return as a 2018 summer associate, participants will also receive a scholarship through our 2L Diversity Scholars Program.

Please see the attachment for more information. Additional information, including applications, is available at www.lw.com/1LFellowship.

Applications are due on January 11, 2017.

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.

Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.
  • To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(4) SIPLA Spotlight: Taylor Caldwell 

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)!

Taylor is originally from Fullerton, CA (Orange County). She attended USD (University of San Diego) and studied Biochemistry with a minor in Business Administration. While there, she rowed on the Women’s Rowing team for four years and absolutely loved it! After school, Taylor worked at Diazyme Laboratories as a Quality Control specialist where she spent half of her time working in the lab performing diagnostic tests and the other half performing audits and document review. It was her boss at Diazyme that suggested she go to law school!

Taylor spent her 1L summer at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman in their IP department. With a growing interest in patent litigation, she then spent her 2L summer at Fish & Richardson, where she plans to return after graduation. Taylor plans to dabble in all areas of IP, but is primarily interested in pharmaceutical and medical device patent protection.

This year, Taylor is the Student Editor-in-Chief of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. In her free time, she regularly attends CrossFit and SoulCycle classes, loves watching movies and playing MarioKart!

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Newsletter—November 20, 2016

Please find the latest announcement below:

(1) Symposium at GMU: International Developments in Patent Law
(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosecution and IP Litigation Reception
(3) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception
(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Nathan Sisodia

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(1) Symposium at GMU: International Developments in Patent Law
The Journal of International Commercial Law invites you to attend our Fall 2016 Symposium on International Developments in Patent Law. The Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Antonin Scalia Law School

The Symposium aims to survey current, international patent law. Topics that will be discussed include: U.S. Patent Law, Japanese Patent Law, European Union Patent Law, Chinese Patent Law, and Patent Harmonization. Our esteemed speakers include a wide variety of subject-matter experts ranging from practitioners to academics.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided and the event will be followed by a cocktail reception. The symposium is free to all law students (from all schools) who present a valid school ID and anyone currently affiliated with GMU. For others, including practicing attorneys, the cost is $15 for all or part-day attendance. Payment must be made at the door with cash, credit card, or check.

Register at https://jiclsymposiumfall2017.eventbrite.com.

Please see the attachment for more information.

(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosecution and IP Litigation Reception
On Thursday, December 1, MoFo will be hosting its annual 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation reception at Rosa Mexicano in Washington, DC. This event is targeted towards first year law students who are interested in its two summer patent program in either IP Litigation or Patent Prosecution for our Washington, DC, Northern, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto or San Francisco offices.

Please note that tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 21 is the last day to RSVP.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(3) Knobbe Martens Home for the Holidays Cocktail Reception
Knobbe Martens is hosting a Home for the Holidays cocktail reception for law students who will be in the Southern California area for the holidays. Our event is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at our Orange County office.

We wanted to reach out to those of you with technical degrees or an interest in trademark prosecution to personally invite you to what we’re sure will be a fun event for all!

Please see the attachment for more information.

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.

Eligibility: Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.
    To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Nathan Sisodia
​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)!

Nathan hails from Cincinnati, Ohio (where he also attended the University of Cincinnati). While there, Nathan earned an undergraduate degree in economics and interned/worked during college at Luxottica Retail North America, where he planned inventory production using economic analysis.

During his 1L summer, Nathan worked in the California Attorney General’s Office, in the Antitrust Division. He was particularly interested in antitrust during his first year, so that’s why he decided to work there. During his entire 2L year, Nathan interned at the Federal Trade Commission – one semester in the office of one of the commissioners, and one semester in Mergers I (one of the divisions that reviews, and then approves or challenges proposed mergers).

Nathan spent his 2L summer at a firm in Columbus, Ohio. The firm is called Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, and he chose to work there because he wanted private sector experience and was particularly interested in getting transactional law experience.

Nathan is interested mostly in trademark law because it seems like the area of IP most applicable to daily life, and because branding can be so powerful in different markets. He is also interested in patent law, but only really in how it relates to antitrust law and specifically the pharmaceutical industry.

This year, Nathan is a Notes Editor for AIPLA and a student attorney in the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic. Outside of law school, Nathan likes to bike and run in the city. He also has a huge interest in food – cooking, eating out, finding new places to experience, etc.jicl-fall-2016-symposium-flyer morrison-foerster-1l-patent-prosecution-ip-litigation-reception 2016-home-for-the-holidays-one-page-flyer

Newsletter—November 13, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception
(3) SIPLA Spotlight: Paulina Starostka
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(1) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(2) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception
On Thursday, December 1, MoFo will be hosting its annual 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation reception at Rosa Mexicano in Washington, DC. This event is targeted towards first year law students who are interested in its two summer patent program in either IP Litigation or Patent Prosecution for our Washington, DC, Northern, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto or San Francisco offices.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
(3) SIPLA Spotlight: Paulina Starostka
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)!
Paulina attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where she studied Neuroscience. Paulina spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern for Judge Rosen at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She landed the job by the absolute coincidence that a woman she was speaking with at Thirsty Thursday was from the Alumni office. Paulina told her she was from Michigan, she said one of the GW alumni was a chief judge at the district court. She connected Paulina with Judge Rosen, and she ended up getting the job.During her 2L year, Paulina interned with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working with their sole IP attorney. She worked on projects ranging from Copyright infringement, Trademark infringement, Patent litigation and prosecution. She was also interning at Fanelli Haag, assisting with patent prosecution, which prepared her for working there as a summer associate during her 2L summer. She hopes to move into post-grant proceedings and ITC work. Post-grant because there is still a lot of the litigation-type work, while at the same time mixing in patent prosecution. ITC because of the international component to IP rights protection, and because many of the items on the market are imported.This year, Paulina is interning at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, assisting the judge and clerks with research on various issues before the Court. She is a very active member of SIPLA, and this year is serving as the Executive Production Editor for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal.

Paulina recently got a new puppy, so a lot of her time and efforts go into taking care of and training her. In addition, she enjoys watching the food network and later attempting to recreate the recipes (the easy ones). She also practice yoga and varies between regular vinyasa and hot power classes – “I am determined to get a headstand down in the next year!”

Advice from Paulina: I have found that getting to know people in the industry has been extremely helpful. Often, the jobs or internships I have gotten were because someone was able to recommend me first (afterwards, the word was left to me). I think many people only network when they need something, but it is really important to make those connections when you have absolutely nothing to ask of the other person. It creates much more natural relationships and free-flowing conversations. Work on creating a network even when you don’t need it. IP law is a very close-knit community. You will run into these people often, and it will be much easier to reach out for help once you have established a comfortable base relationship.

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Newsletter—November 6, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) Employer Outreach Program
(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(3) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception
(4) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session
(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Swi Raparla
If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/
(1) Employer Outreach Program
On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, from 5-7:30pm in the FCC, SIPLA will host its second Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on“Alternate Litigation Practices in Patent Law: IPRs & PGRs. 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 ProfessionalParticipating firms*:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Foley & Lardner
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
WilmerHale

*The firms in attendance will not be collecting resumes or any other credentials from 1Ls, as it is against NALP guidelines to collect them at this time.
(2) 1L Job Opportunity: Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship.Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and our practice areas.

  • Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

(3) Morrison & Foerster 1L Patent Prosectuion and IP Litigation Reception

On Thursday, December 1, MoFo will be hosting its annual 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation reception at Rosa Mexicano in Washington, DC. This event is targeted towards first year law students who are interested in its two summer patent program in either IP Litigation or Patent Prosecution for our Washington, DC, Northern, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto or San Francisco offices.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
(4) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session
 
Come to the Munich Summer IP Info Session to hear about this exciting GW Law School 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!
When:  Friday, November 11, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
​Where: ​Stuart 201
The 2017 program dates are Sunday, May 28 through Friday, June 9. Information about classes to be offered and how to sign up will be discussed.
(5) SIPLA Spotlight: Swi Raparla
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)!
 

Swi is the former 2015-2016 Fundraising Chair for SIPLA and responsible for selling the GW Law shotglasses to a large percentage of our student body.

An electrical and computer engineer before law school, Swi received a B.S. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon and then worked for three years at Qualcomm contributing on teams for the iPhone 5 and Windows phones.

Focused on patent law, Swi spent his 1L summer at Finnegan Henderson focusing on patent litigation and his 2L summer splitting Finnegan and WilmerHale doing a variety of patent work. Swi will be returning to WilmerHale to continue patent work as well as incorporate technology-related matters including computer crime and cybersecurity.

During academic semesters, Swi has participated in the Strain PLLC IP training program (also continuing with them as a student associate), worked part time as a law clerk at Finnegan, and is currently interning with Judge Dee Lord at the International Trade Commission (ITC). He is also the managing editor for AIPLA, a Dean’s Fellow, and an active member in GW Law Revue. Yes, that law revue.

Swi is a passionate DC sports fan and an earnest, but pretty terrible, DJ/Producer.morrison-foerster-1l-patent-prosecution-ip-litigation-reception 11-2-16-interview-prep-mtg-pptx

Newsletter—October 30, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) SIPLA Interview Prep Session

(2) Internship Opportunity: Copyright Alliance

(3) ALES Panel Discussion

(4) DC Bar IP Event

(5) Upcoming: Employer Outreach Program

(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Amanda Do Couto

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

(1) 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.

(2) Internship Opportunity: Copyright Alliance

2Ls, 3Ls, and LLM students interested in copyright law are encouraged to apply for the Copyright Alliance internship, for the spring of 2017.  Applications are due December 1, 2016.

The Copyright Alliance represents the interests of authors, photographers, performers, artists, software developers, musicians, journalists, directors, songwriters, game designers and many other individual creators. The Copyright Alliance also represents the interests of book publishers, motion picture studios, software companies, sports leagues, broadcasters, guilds, unions, newspaper and magazine publishers, and many more organizations. We also work closely with a Legal Advisory Board of major law firms who advise clients in the copyright community and an Academic Advisory Board of notable law professors and legal scholars.

See attached for more information.

(3) 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.

(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.

(5) Upcoming: Employer Outreach Program

On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, from 5-7:30pm in the FCC, SIPLA will host its second Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on“Alternate Litigation Practices in Patent Law: IPRs & PGRs. 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*:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Foley & Lardner

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

WilmerHale

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

(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Amanda Do Couto

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)!

Amanda attended GW for undergrad, receiving a BS in Chemistry. Before coming back to GW for law school, Amanda was a business operations specialist for an IT group and was a private chemistry tutor.

Amanda is very interested in patent litigation: her background draws her towards pharmaceuticals, but she loves the challenge of learning new technologies. During her 1L summer, Amanda worked at McGuireWoods LLP in their litigation group and at Constellation Energy Co. as part of the in-house counsel team.

During her 2L year, Amanda interned at the International Trade Commission in the Office of Unfair Import and Investigations. For her 2L summer, Amanda joined the patent litigation group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. While there, she co-authored an article about inconsistencies in IPR evidentiary requirements and the impact on patent law and lawyers. Just recently, the firm got the article published on law360 and listed her as a co-author, along with a patent litigation partner and senior associate.

Amanda continues to be an active member of both SIPLA and BLSA. Outside of law school, she plays in various adult volleyball leagues and loves to cook.