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.”

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