Newsletter—February 27, 2017

Please find the latest announcements below:

(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session

(2) IP Lunch Discussion 

(3) End of the Year Reception

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Deadline

(5) Knobbe Martens Open House

(6) Paul Weiss Open House

(7) Job Opportunity: Microsoft Public Policy Fellowship

(8) SIPLA Spotlight: Ashley Cade

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(1) Spring Semester Interview Prep Session

SIPLA will host its Spring Semester Interview Prep Session on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30 – 8pm (location TBA). This event will focus on preparation for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (see below) and On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) in August.

(2) IP Lunch Discussion

Join the IP Law Department on Wednesday, March 15th from 12 – 1:30pm in the Tasher Great Room (Burns first floor) as they host J. Janewa Osei-Tutu of Florida International University College of Law for discussion on “IP and Cultural Boundaries.”

(3) End of the Year Reception

On Friday, March 31stSIPLA and AIPLA QJ will host the 2nd Annual IP Department End of the Year Reception in the LLC. Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate another great year and network with SIPLA and AIPLA board members, GW Law Alumni, IP professors, and local practitioners in an informal setting. RSVP is required to attend, please contact a SIPLA board member or email SIPLA directly at
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.

(4) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Registration Deadline

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 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.


Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.


For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at:  Also, see attached.


Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 6 and close on Friday, March 10.  Online registration is now open at At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as The George Washington University Law School on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.


There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register.


Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to Katie White, or Ethel Badawi,

(5) Knobbe Martens Open House

Knobbe Martens is hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 2nd in their DC office. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(6) Paul Weiss Open House 

Paul, Weiss is hosting a Patent Litigation 1L Open House on Wednesday, March 29th in their DC office.   Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(7) Job Opportunity: Microsoft Public Policy Fellowship 

Microsoft is seeking post-graduate public policy fellowship candidates in their D.C. office. Microsoft is particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated interest and background in technology (e.g., engineering or computer science).

Microsoft Fellows work within their U.S. Government Affairs Group in Washington D.C. and have a broad range of responsibilities from across the group, which may include:

  • Conducting research across a wide-range of public policy topics and other issues impacting business strategy
  • Working closely with government affairs team and attorneys to support government affairs strategic engagement plans and public policy agenda
  • Assisting in drafting memos, briefings, and other materials for internal stakeholders or external agencies and partners
  • Attending association and think tank meetings and hearings
  • Collaborating with teams on cross-group projects

This is a one year fellowship. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 28, but do not wait if you are interested. See the following links for more information and to apply:

CORE posting:

Microsoft posting:

(8) SIPLA Spotlight: Ashley Cade 

Ashley graduated from University of Michigan with degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, with a small focus on bionanotechnology and a larger focus on green chemistry. During undergrad, she spent a few summers working with the FDA remediation team at Terumo Cardiovascular Group, a medical device company based in Ann Arbor.

For Ashley’s 1L summer, she was able to return to Terumo, where she worked extensively with the in-house patent prosecution team. The prosecution work mostly involved working with the inventors and doing a lot of prior art and freedom to operate searching. This year, she has been working at the Department of Justice Intellectual Property Section, which is part of Civil Litigation Division. She has been working on a lot of copyright issues but has also dabbled in some patent work. For her 2L summer, Ashley is going to be at Kirkland & Ellis in New York to work with their patent litigation group.

Ashley was the SIPLA Mentoring Chair this year, and has also been one of the Captains of the Softball Team since her 1L year. She also plays softball with “real adults” both with the Michigan Alumni Team from spring to summer and an adult co-ed league in Arlington in the fall. She somehow also plays flag football with Michigan alum, but she’s “really bad and hate[s] football”.

Advice for 1Ls: “It’s hard to follow-up Akkad’s great advice, but I’ll try: the best advice I received as a 1L, prior to starting the job search, was to be a normal person. That seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the number of people that can’t hold a casual conversation. During OCI’s and Loyola, it was always my goal to just get to know my interviewer, and allow them to get to know me. Through this process I made some strong relationships with attorneys, and I continue to check in with them from time to time.

Second, have fun with it. Every firm will tell you what you want to hear (we have great firm culture, we stack our cases leanly, etc.), so your goal should be to get to know the people you would be working with, day-in and day-out. Enjoy the interview process, and don’t let it stress you out too much!”

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GWU – 2017 Knobbe Martens Reception Invite

Newsletter—February 5, 2017

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) SIPLA Board Elections Results
(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session
(3) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship
(5) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 
(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Samuel Cockriel
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(1) SIPLA Board Elections Results
Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s elections!
The new executive board is as follows:
President: Akkad Moussa
Vice President: Steven Dirks
Treasurer: Sohrab Hajarian
Regulatory Chair: Gianna Cresto
Mentoring Chair: Divesh Patel
Fundraising Chair: Robert Levent Herguner

Congratulations to the new board! Board members should watch out for an email scheduling transition meetings.

(2) 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.
(3) 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 by 5pm on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Be sure that your name is clearly stated on your unofficial transcript.

(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Samuel Cockriel

Sam graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at BYU, Sam was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. He worked for the Wencor Group, a PMA aircraft part manufacture, to help determine adequate tolerances for aircraft parts. Sam also lead a research and development team to work on developing a solar ice maker for vaccine preservation. Additionally, he participated in intramural soccer, softball, and kickball.

During his 1L year, Sam participated in the Strain PLLC Patent Law Training Program, and this past summer, he worked for Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox doing mostly patent prosecution for mechanical device and design patents. Currently, Sam is a Judicial Extern for the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and this coming summer Sam will be splitting his time between Knobbe, Martens, Olson, & Bear in Irvine, CA and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox in D.C.

Sam is also involved in other organizations on campus. He is a Writing Fellow with the LRW program, a member of the George Washington Law Review, Secretary of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and a member of the Moot Court Board. Outside of law school, Sam loves to do anything outdoors, try new restaurants, and travel.

Advice for 1Ls:  “First, there is always something more to do in law school. Remember to prioritize the most important things first. Second, I completely agree with what Connor said two weeks ago. Law firms want to hire likeable people that they’ll want to work with, so don’t give mechanical answers during interviews. Of course, it’s important to think ahead how you’ll answer the expected questions:  why this location? why our firm? what area of law are you interested in and why? However, it’s important to have a genuine conversation with your interviewer. Wouldn’t you appreciate that if you were stuck in a room for eight hours doing interviews?”