Newsletter – February 18, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

We hope everybody is enjoying and making the most out of this 3-day weekend. This week’s newsletter has a lot of great job opportunities and events, so please be sure to read through it and take note of the upcoming deadlines.

Please see the following announcements below:
(1) Employer Outreach Program, Feb. 28
(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Info Session
(3) AIPLA QJ Symposium
(4) Munich Summer IP Program
(5) Microsoft One-Year Fellowship
(6) NASA Summer 2018 Internship
(7) Motorola Solutions Summer Legal Internship
(8) Research and Publication Opportunity
(9) Paid Summer and Post-Grad Positions
(10) Kilpatrick Townsend IP 1L Event
(11) Paul Hastings IP Open House and Networking Breakfast
(12) SIPLA Spotlight – Kathleen (Kate) Geyer

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

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Feb. 28

On Wednesday Feb. 28, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its final Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on Succeeding as a Summer Associate.” We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel.

There will be free food and drinks. Approved by GW, 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*:
Desmarais
Kilpatrick Townsend
Paul Weiss
Winston & Strawn
Perkins Coie

(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Info Session

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2018 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 26 & Friday, July 27 at the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.

The Career Center and students who have participated in the job fair in the past will offer an information session about this program on Wednesday, February 21st in B418. See website for more information: Loyola Patent Law Interview Job Fair

Also, a note about who is eligible to attend the Patent Fair: it is not required that students be patent bar eligible to register for the program; however, many employers require patent bar eligibility as a qualification for bidding on interviews, and most employers strongly prefer patent bar eligible students.

(3) AIPLA QJ Symposium

The AIPLA Quarterly Journal 2018 Symposium, co-hosted by Finnegan, will be taking place on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Finnegan’s D.C. office. The event-flyer previewing the agenda and Keynote Speaker is attached. The event is free for all attendees, though space is limited. As such, registration is currently open only to 1Ls and graduates on a first-to-register, first-to-secure basis with a set number of seats. 1Ls will have three ticket-options (full day, first-half, second-half), while practitioners have only one and need not distinguish their attendance. Should space still remain after this initial round, registration will then be reopened to 2Ls and 3Ls.

This is going to be an exciting event focused on changing strategies for a changing intellectual property legal landscape, exploring the practical implications of some of the hottest topics in intellectual property today. The event will also be a great networking (and recruiting!) opportunity for students and practitioners alike, so we strongly encourage your participation! Free CLE-credit will be offered upon request (between 3.5 and 4.5 hours depending on state), so if you are a practitioner in-need, please submit that information at the time of registration — you will be prompted to do so. The dress code is business casual.

Event invitations will be sent through Eventbrite on Monday, so please be on the look-out for that email so that you can secure registration while seats are still available. The instructions should be easy to follow, but should you have any issues, additional questions, or concerns, please contact aiplaqj@law.gwu.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

(4) Munich Summer IP Program

Students interested in learning more about intellectual property law while also traveling to Germany are encouraged to apply for this year’s Munich IP Summer Program. This is an excellent opportunity for all students and especially for 1L students to demonstrate their interest in IP law to employers at on-campus interviews in August.

This year’s program will run from May 28 to June 8, 2018. For more information go to this site: Munich IP Summer Program

Applications are now being accepted. You can apply here: Munich IP Summer Program Application

(5) Microsoft One-Year Fellowship

Public Policy Associate. As a Public Policy Associate at Microsoft, you’ll work within the U.S. Government Affairs Group in Washington, DC. You’ll have a broad range of responsibilities which may include:
Conducting research across a wide-range of public policy topics including privacy, cybersecurity, international trade and other issues impacting business strategy.
Working closely with the U.S. Government Affairs team and attorneys to support government affairs strategic engagement plans and public policy agenda.
Assisting in drafting memos, legislative summaries, 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
Applications due February 20th Apply Here

(6) NASA Summer 2018 Internship

This internship located at the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP), Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The selected candidate will work directly with Program counsel to ensure the mission success of a multi-billion dollar NASA program charged with launching both planetary and interplanetary science missions. The selected candidate will work in the area of general government practice with a special emphasis on domestic space law, government contracts, and procurement related issues. Attached is a document that further details the position and application requirements.

The application for this opportunity is due March 1, 2018.
All applications must be submitted through NASA OSSI at NASA Application Link Here. Please note that the applicant must create a NASA OSSI account in order to apply.

(7) Motorola Solutions Summer Legal Internship

Motorola Solutions is currently seeking two Patent Legal Interns for the upcoming summer. The Patent Legal Intern will multitask among a variety of projects within the IPSO department. Assigned tasks may include: inventor counseling, patent committee attendance and invention disclosure review, patent portfolio analysis and categorization, directed innovation planning and participation, work with teams to extract innovations, patent searches, and outside counsel documentation support and process review, among others.

For more information: 2018 Summer MSI Patent Legal Intern and 2018 Summer MSI Patent Legal Intern II

(8) Research and Publication Opportunity

Jim Gatto, a partner at Sheppard Mullin, is searching for students to help him write scholarly articles on a number of cutting-edge IP-related topics. Mr. Gatto predominantly focuses his time on a number of IP related areas including virtual reality, video games and entertainment, blockchain, and computer software technology.

The position would enable a student to work one on one with a partner at Sheppard Mullin, help them gain writing experience, and be able to put a publication on their resumes.

If you are interested email Maddy Kershek your resume at her email- Here
(9) Paid Summer and Post-Grad Positions

Public Knowledge Internships:
Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization that promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. They challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use content and innovative technologies by providing resources to policymakers and the public.

Their modes of advocacy include outreach to the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and administrative agencies, filing administrative comments, submitting amicus briefs, hosting public education events, building coalitions, and writing white papers and blog posts. Legal advocacy interns participate in all aspects of their work.

Summer Legal Advocacy Internship:
Public Knowledge is currently hiring up to four legal advocacy interns for summer 2018 with funding by GW Law. Applicants must be current law students and have a demonstrated interest in the policy-making process and public interest technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law. Application due Feb. 28.
More information here. Please apply online at: www.gwu.jobs

Post-graduate Legal Research Fellowship:
Public Knowledge is currently hiring up to two Legal Research Associates to promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote the open Internet, balanced intellectual property rights and communications competition. This is a two-year funded position at $70K/yr that will commence on September 1, 2018. Application due March 1.

More information here. Please apply online at: www.gwu.jobs

Google Summer Legal Institute:
The primary goal of the Google Summer Legal Institute program is to enhance the pipeline of diverse candidates in the practice of intellectual property law. The program is open to non-IP diverse participants as well. Full details about this program are available at: Google Legal Summer Program .The program takes place between June 4 – June 29, 2018

(10) Paul Hastings IP Open House and Networking Breakfast

Paul Hastings invites 1L students to its D.C. office on Friday Feb. 23 at 9:30 am for a Networking Breakfast event to learn more about the firm and practicing IP law. Interested students should RSVP by emailing the recruiting team by Monday Feb. 19. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

(11) Kilpatrick Townsend IP 1L Event

Kilpatrick Townsend invites all 1L students who are interested in IP law to Provision No. 14 on Tuesday Feb. 27 from 6-8pm to learn more about the firm. Interested students should RSVP here.

(12) SIPLA Spotlight – Kathleen (Kate) Geyer

Kate graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Physics in 2012. She then worked for four years in IT government contracting for defense and intelligence clients, focusing on cybersecurity, cloud and other emerging technologies, and strategic planning.

During her 1L summer, Kate worked for Freedom Technologies, a small telecommunications boutique, performing research on non-geostationary low earth orbit satellites, IoT technology, and drones. She generally tracked emerging legislation, trends, and events, and performed research. During this upcoming 2L summer, Kate will be splitting between Perkins Coie and Kilpatrick Townsend, both in Seattle, focusing on patent litigation. She is mostly interested in patent litigation because of the adversarial nature and cycles of the work. For her, this is a more dynamic environment, which she prefers over doing the same thing day in and day out. During law school, Kate was a Research Assistant to Professor Scott Kieff, and is currently interning at the International Trade Commission (ITC) Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII) this semester.

Within the law school, Kate is on the George Washington Law Review, Moot Court Board, SBA as the Director of Major Programming, and previously was a Writing Fellow as well. This semester, she is also participating in GW’s Rothwell IP Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Kate is also in various pro bono programs, including the GW Cancer Pro Bono Program, Veterans Pro Bono Program, and Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. Outside of law school, Kate loves outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, and running (including triathlons!).

Advice for 1Ls: Take advantage of every opportunity. Your time here will go faster than you think it will, and it may be harder to try new things once you start a full-time career. Don’t be afraid to talk to speakers at events, or really any lawyer. Even if you have nothing to say, simply opening with an interest in their topic or field is normally enough to get a lawyer talking. It’s a great way to make connections and one of the best ways to get a job, either now or in the future. And always remember that law school performance is not what defines you – don’t give up your health, your passions, or what makes you happy for that extra hour of studying.

Enjoy the rest of the week,
SIPLA Board

Newsletter – February 5, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

We enjoyed seeing everyone at our fourth EOP last week. Big shout out to the outgoing Executive Board for making every event this semester such a smooth operation! We hope we will see everyone at our final EOP for the year (and the first to be organized by our incoming board) on Feb. 28th. More details to come.

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) SIPLA Executive Board Elections – Apply TODAY

(2) IPEL 1L Applications

(3) Munich Summer IP Program Info Session

(4) IP Networking Reception

(5) AIPLA QJ Symposium

(6) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House
(7) SIPLA Spotlight – Kevin Zhang

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

(1) SIPLA Executive Board Elections – Apply TODAY

SIPLA will be holding elections for the executive board. We ask that anyone interested in running for a position to fill out this form by ​Tonight (Sunday Feb. 4th at 11:59 pm). Regarding candidacy statements, a paragraph or two will be sufficient. Please note that while you are permitted to run for multiple positions, you will need to complete the form for each position (i.e., if you want to run for two positions, you will need to complete the form twice).

Voting will begin tomorrow, Feb. 5th.

Please see the attached document for information regarding each position. All board positions must be filled, but please note that the Copyright & Trademark Chair is elected by IPEL internally (see announcement below).

(2) IPEL 1L Applications

Are you a 1L or 2L interested in writing short blog posts on copyright, trademark, entertainment law or anything in between? The application process for the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Blog (IPEL) is about to start! The application will open on Friday, January 26th and applicants will need to email ipel@law.gwu.edu for the application. Applications deadline has been extended until Thursday Feb. 8th at 10 pm . If you were unable to attend the info session but have questions feel free to email ipel@law.gwu.edu.

(3) Munich Summer IP Program Info Session

Students interested in learning more about intellectual property law while also traveling to Germany are encouraged to attend the Munich IP Summer Study Abroad info session on Wednesday February 14, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in Stockton 305. Program Directors Robert Brauneis, Dean Whealan, and Katie White, as well as previous years’ students will provide more information about the program. This is an excellent opportunity for all students and especially for 1L students to demonstrate their interest in IP law to employers at on campus interviews in August.

This year’s program will run from May 28 to June 8, 2018. For more information go to this site: Munich IP Summer Program website

Applications are now being accepted. You can apply here: Munich IP Summer Program Application
(4) IP Networking Reception

Don’t miss the IP Networking Reception on Thursday, February 15 at 5 pm. All students interested in IP law welcome! Each year over 40 IP employers attend. A list of firms participating, and more information will be shared the week of the reception. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(5) AIPLA QJ Symposium

The AIPLA Quarterly Journal 2018 Symposium will be taking place on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the office of our host–sponsor Finnegan. The event-flyer previewing the agenda and Keynote Speaker is attached. The event is free for all attendees, though space is limited. As such, registration is currently open only to 1Ls and graduates on a first-to-register, first-to-secure basis with a set number of seats. 1Ls will have three ticket-options (full day, first-half, second-half), while practitioners have only one and need not distinguish their attendance. Should space still remain after this initial round, registration will then be reopened to 2Ls and 3Ls.

This is going to be an exciting event focused on changing strategies for a changing intellectual property legal landscape, exploring the practical implications of some of the hottest topics in intellectual property today. The event will also be a great networking (and recruiting!) opportunity for students and practitioners alike, so we strongly encourage your participation! Free CLE-credit will be offered upon request (between 3.5 and 4.5 hours depending on state), so if you are a practitioner in-need, please submit that information at the time of registration — you will be prompted to do so. .The dress code is business casual.
Event invitations will be sent through Eventbrite on Monday, so please be on the look-out for that email so that you can secure registration while seats are still available. The instructions should be easy to follow, but should you have any issues, additional questions, or concerns, please contact aiplaqj@law.gwu.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!
(6) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House

Paul Weiss will be hosting a Patent Litigation 1L Open House panel and reception at the D.C. office (2001 K St. NW) on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP by emailing Courtney Doyle. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
(7) SIPLA Spotlight – Kevin Zhang

Kevin went to Dartmouth for undergrad, studying Economics & Chemistry, and came straight to law school after graduating. During his 1L summer of law school, Kevin was at Paul Weiss in New York, working with their patent litigation team. This summer, he will be splitting between Finnegan here in DC and Paul Weiss in NY. Kevin is mostly interested in litigation, with any technology, because it is fast-paced and allows him to interact with others, which are two qualities he likes in a job.
Within law school, Kevin is a Writing Fellow, a Marshall Inns of Court adviser, and, in addition to SIPLA, is also involved in the Christian Legal Society. Outside of law school, Kevin likes reading books and, when it gets warmer, visiting parks or museums, and trying out a new restaurant with friends.

Advice for 1Ls: “1L fall grades are important, sure, but employers look to more than just a GPA when making a summer or full-time hiring position. Improve your chances by attending their events, meeting lawyers; and if you’re shy like me, trust me, they’re more nervous about talking to you than you are about approaching them.”