Newsletter—January 30, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to the Employer Outreach Program last week! We hope that you all enjoyed the panel and had the opportunity to meet the lawyers.

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) SIPLA Board Elections

(2) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session

(3) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session

(4) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

(7) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

(8) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

(10) SIPLA Spotlight: Emma Frank

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

(1) SIPLA Board Elections

SIPLA is holding elections for its executive board! Thank you to everyone who has indicated their interest. Please review the attached document of candidacy statements. Note that there are no candidates for Fundraising Chair. Anyone who is interested in running for that position is encouraged to fill out this form ASAP.

Voting will open on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

(2) Munich IP Summer Program Info Session

You are invited to attend an Information Session to learn more about the Munich Summer Intellectual Property Program (to be held this year from Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 9, 2017).
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 program directors Robert Brauneis, Dean Whealan, & Katie White and students who have participated in the past.

Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Time:  12 PM to 1 PM

Location:  Burns 418

More information about the program can be found here. See the attached flyer for more information about the information session.

(3) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 12pm to 1pm, in Stockton 305 the Career Center will be hosting an information session about the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Any students considering participating in this year’s program are strongly encouraged to attend. Please reach out to Katie White with any questions.

Please note that registration for the interview program opens on Feb. 6.

(4) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (a full-service intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC) has invited diverse GW Law first-year students to apply for an internship this spring. This program will allow two students to shadow attorneys and participate in client meetings and strategy sessions while receiving in-depth information about the firm’s Litigation Group.  The firm’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation.

The internship program will take place on the following dates: March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7.  The firm will work with each intern to accommodate class schedules. Students will not be expected to complete any assignments that will extend beyond their time in the office.  The goal of the internship is to complement the students’ educational experience while providing exposure to the law firm setting and practice early on to help better prepare them for the upcoming fall recruitment program.

This is a paid internship ($20/hour).  If you are interested in participating, please email your resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Jaya Saxena at jsaxena@law.gwu.edu by 5pm on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Be sure that your name is clearly stated on your unofficial transcript.

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship

Please see the attached flyer for more information about a 1L diversity fellowship offered by Baker Botts and AT&T.

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

Wolf Greenfield (Boston, MA) is looking for a 1L student to join our 2017 summer program.  Qualified applicants will have a technical background and/or a demonstrated interest in IP law.  Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, transcripts and a writing sample through our online application, found within the careers page of our website (www.wolfgreenfield.com/careers).

Current regulations relating to the deemed export of certain information and technologies with which we and our clients work require us to limit access to citizens of the United States and United States permanent residents.  If you do not currently meet this status requirement, we will not be able to consider your application for employment at this time.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contactlegalrecruiting@wolfgreenfield.com.

(7) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group. Candidates must have a background in a biological or chemistry-related discipline. An MS or PhD is required. 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. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website:www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com. Please reference the DC Chem Bio position in the subject line.

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

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – IP Litigation Practice Group (2017) 
Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our IP Litigation Practice Group. Candidates must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or another related discipline. 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. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website: www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–IP Litigation Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com.

Please reference the DC IP Lit position in the subject line. Foley & Lardner LLP is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / M / F / Vet / Disabled Employer.

(8) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is actively recruiting 1L students for its Diversity Fellowship and Two-Summer Patent Programs for summer 2017. All of MoFo’s current 1L opportunities will be available on Symplicity beginning December 1.

Please see below for a brief description of each program:​

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution

Morrison & Foerster is one of the only large, international, general-practice law firms with a full-service patent strategy & prosecution practice.  For nearly two decades, our world-class patent prosecutors have developed and implemented IP strategies and obtained patents for many of the most innovative technology and life sciences companies, such as DreamWorks Animation, Genentech and the University of California.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Prosecutor.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation

Morrison & Foerster’s patent litigation practice is among the best in the nation. We have litigated, tried, and won patent cases in key jurisdictions throughout the U.S., and have managed patent litigation cases in courtrooms around the globe.  Our expertise is particularly deep in the high-technology and life sciences areas, where we represent a wide range of well-known international electronics, semiconductor, software, Internet, telecommunications, biotech and pharmaceutical clients.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Litigator.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Casey Romero.

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

Please click here for more information regarding the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500!

Please note that submissions are due March 3.

(10) SIPLA Spotlight: Emma Frank

Emma graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s in Biology (with a focus in infectious disease and immunology), as well as a minor in public policy. During her 1L summer, Emma returned to Boston as a summer litigation associate at Wolf Greenfield. She plans to return there this summer with a continued focus in patent litigation.

During both 1L and 2L year, Emma worked at Strain & Strain here in D.C., where she had the opportunity to learn more about patent prosecution. This year, Emma has remained active in SIPLA, serving as Regulatory Chair. She is also a board member of Law Revue (cue jazz hands), a member of Promissory Notes (the law school a capella group), and The George Washington Law Review (no jazz hands).

When she’s not at school, Emma enjoys baking for her friends and spending time with her cat, Milo.

Advice for 1Ls: “Tip: contact any labs or research positions you had and ask what law firms they work with or the institution works with, it’s a good starting point. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to reach out to Katie or SIPLA upperclassmen. And things have a way of working out in the end.”

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Newsletter—December 28, 2016

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program

(2) Looking Ahead: SIPLA Board Elections

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

(7) Finnegan Networking Reception

(8) Fish & Richardson Webinar

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

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

(1) Employer Outreach Program

On Tuesday, Jan. 10th*, from 5-7:30pm in the SCC (second floor of Lisner)**, SIPLA will host its third Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “Briefing & Arguing Cases in Front of the Federal Circuit. 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:

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck P.C.

​*​Please note that the first EOP of the spring will be on the second day of class. We have intentionally scheduled the EOPs to be earlier, so that students can meet more firms while they are still hiring for their 2017 summer programs.

Please also note that the first EOP of the spring will be in the SCC, not the FCC.

(2) Looking Ahead: SIPLA Board Elections

In February, SIPLA will be holding elections for the executive board. This is still a while’s away, and more information will be distributed regarding elections as they come closer. But it’s never too soon to start thinking about whether you intend to run.

Please see the attached document for information regarding each position. All the positions of the board will be up for election, but please note that the Copyright & Trademark Chair is elected by IPEL internally.

(3) 1L Job Opportunity: Wolf Greenfield

Wolf Greenfield (Boston, MA) is looking for a 1L student to join our 2017 summer program.  Qualified applicants will have a technical background and/or a demonstrated interest in IP law.  Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, transcripts and a writing sample through our online application, found within the careers page of our website (www.wolfgreenfield.com/careers).

Current regulations relating to the deemed export of certain information and technologies with which we and our clients work require us to limit access to citizens of the United States and United States permanent residents.  If you do not currently meet this status requirement, we will not be able to consider your application for employment at this time.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact legalrecruiting@wolfgreenfield.com.

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Foley & Lardner

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group. Candidates must have a background in a biological or chemistry-related discipline. An MS or PhD is required. 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. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website:www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com. Please reference the DC Chem Bio position in the subject line.

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

1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office – IP Litigation Practice Group (2017) 

Foley & Lardner LLP is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the Washington, DC office’s 2017 Summer Associate Program, supporting our IP Litigation Practice Group. Candidates must hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or another related discipline. 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. This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. To apply, submit a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), as well as undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, through our Careers website: www.foleyrecruiting.com (select “1L IP Summer Associate/Washington, DC Office–IP Litigation Practice Group (2017)”) and via e-mail to Kristin Kissiah Willig at kwillig@foley.com.

Please reference the DC IP Lit position in the subject line. Foley & Lardner LLP is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / M / F / Vet / Disabled Employer.

(5) 1L Job Opportunity: Latham & Watkins

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.

(6) 1L Job Opportunity: Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is actively recruiting 1L students for its Diversity Fellowship and Two-Summer Patent Programs for summer 2017. All of MoFo’s current 1L opportunities will be available on Symplicity beginning December 1.

​Please see below for a brief description of each program:​

1L Diversity Fellowship

Morrison & Foerster is pleased to offer a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program again this summer. We will be awarding up to ten $15,000 fellowships to highly motivated first-year law students who are members of a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group.  Fellowship recipients will receive a paid position as a summer associate in a U.S. office following their first year of law school with a guaranteed position as a second year summer associate assuming satisfactory performance.  Applications are due Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution

Morrison & Foerster is one of the only large, international, general-practice law firms with a full-service patent strategy & prosecution practice.  For nearly two decades, our world-class patent prosecutors have developed and implemented IP strategies and obtained patents for many of the most innovative technology and life sciences companies, such as DreamWorks Animation, Genentech and the University of California.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Strategy & Prosecution is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Prosecutor.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation

Morrison & Foerster’s patent litigation practice is among the best in the nation. We have litigated, tried, and won patent cases in key jurisdictions throughout the U.S., and have managed patent litigation cases in courtrooms around the globe.  Our expertise is particularly deep in the high-technology and life sciences areas, where we represent a wide range of well-known international electronics, semiconductor, software, Internet, telecommunications, biotech and pharmaceutical clients.  Our unique Two-Summer Patent Program for Patent Litigation is aimed at developing you into the next successful MoFo Patent Litigator.  Interviews will occur on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Casey Romero.

(7) Finnegan Networking Reception

Finnegan will be hosting its​ annual Attorney/Law Student Networking reception on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. in ​its​ DC office. We highly recommend that students attend; particularly if you intend on applying for a 1L summer position with the firm.

Please see the attached bulletin for more information!​

(8) Fish & Richardson Webinar

In 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was again a forum of choice for challenging patentability of claims. In fact, it currently tops the Eastern District of Texas as the #1 venue for patent disputes in 2016. Join Fish Principals and Post-Grant Practice Co-Chairs, Karl Renner and Dorothy Whelan, as they take a look back on significant developments from the past year. The discussion will include the following topics:

  • PTAB statistics and trends
  • New rules for post-grant proceedings
  • Developments in biopharma IPRs
  • Decisions and case law developments at the PTAB and Federal Circuit
  • The Shaw decision and estoppel
  • What to watch for in 2017

To register or learn more about this complimentary webinar, click here.

(9) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 

Please click here for more information regarding the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500!

Please note that submissions are due March 3.

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