Newsletter – November 5, 2017


We enjoyed seeing everyone at the second EOP last Wednesday, thank you all for coming out to hear a really interesting discussion about some of the recent and current Supreme Court IP cases! Also, thank you to everyone who voted for the IPEL constitution, which garnered a 100% approval. The constitutional amendment will now go to the SBA for final approval. We will keep everyone informed.

Please also see the following announcements below:

(1) Fall Interview Prep Session

(2) IP Speaker Series – Jacob S. Sherkow “University Patent Licenses in the CRISPR Era”

(3) Patents in Telecomm Conference

(4) International Trademark Association Career Panel and Leadership Conference

(5) Job Opportunities

(6) SIPLA Spotlight – Robert (Levent) Herunger

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at:

(1) Fall Interview Prep Session

SIPLA is proud to announce it will be hosting its Fall Interview Prep Session on Monday Nov 6th from 7:30-8:30 PM in L401. This is an incredibly practical and informative program that will discuss the types of questions employers ask and the hallmarks of good answers/pitfalls to avoid, along with resources available to search for the perfect summer internship. There will be free pizza and soft drinks.
(2) GW IP Speaker Series – Jacob S. Sherkow “University Patent Licenses in the CRISPR Era”

Please join the IP department on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 12 – 1:30 PM in the SCC (second floor Lisner) for this month’s IP Speaker series. Jacob S. Sherkow, professor at New York Law School, will be discussing “University Patent Licenses in the CRISPR Era.”

(3) Patents in Telecoms Conference

GW Law and the University College London, along with ETSI and GSMA will be hosting a Patents in Telecoms Conference Thursday, Nov. 9 – Friday, Nov. 10 from 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM in the Jack Morton Auditorium.

(4) International Trademark Association Career Panel and Leadership Conference

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is hosting a free panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 12 (900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001). The panel is designed specifically for law students and will feature legal professionals sharing their thoughts and advice about the numerous career opportunities in the field of trademark law. Students are invited to sit in on the panel and then attend INTA’s Leadership Meeting ceremony and welcome reception. Interested students should register HERE. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

(5) Job Opportunities

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch, and Birch is accepting applications for a summer 2018 law clerk. Please email Hailey Bureau ( with your resume to apply or for additional information.

Below are several job opportunities for all class years. In addition, students looking for a summer 2018 job should continue to check CORE as applications continue to be uploaded.

Spring & Summer 2018 Law Clerkship
The Nature Conservancy | Arlington – VA
Application Deadline: 12/20/2017, 11:59 PM

Smithsonian Institution, Office of General Counsel | Washington DC
Application Deadline: 1/15/2018, 11:59 PM

2018 IP Summer Associate
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP | Cleveland – OH
Application Deadline: 3/30/2018, 11:59 PM

1L, 2L or 3L Law Students
Levine Bagade Han LLP | Palo Alto – CA
Application Deadline: 5/31/2018, 11:59 PM

Public Policy/Legal Internship
ACT | The App Association | Washington DC – DC
Application Deadline: 10/21/2018, 11:59 PM

(6) SIPLA Spotlight – Robert (Levent) Herunger

SIPLA Spotlight is a Newsletter segment where we feature 2L or 3L SIPLA members every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce the 1L SIPLA members to upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds. 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 (you can reach anyone in the law school by searching their name in the recipients line of an email). They have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice!
Levent was born here in Richmond, but then grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, where he took the natural science International Baccalaureate track in High School. In college, he studied Computer Science/Engineering with a minor in Business at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

During his 1L summer, Levent worked at the USPTO as part of their Patent Experience Program, where he helped draft office actions in response to patent applications. He then spent this past summer as a Summer Associate with Jones Day here in their D.C. Office. Levent is interested in patent litigation because of his ability to use his computer science background to help him analyze disputes while also using his more outgoing skills as an advocate. Further, his deep interest in technology, including his interest in working with and learning new inventions and innovations, led him to patent prosecution. Therefore, Levent is returning to Jones Day full time after graduation to focus on various patent matters.

Levent is involved with Law Review, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the International Law Society with the law school. Outside of law school, Levent is a big sports fan (specifically soccer and basketball), tech geek (keeping up with the latest gadgets, modifying them, and even coding his own programs when he has the time), and musician (playing the guitar and DJ-ing whenever possible).

– Have a great week,