SIPLA is committed to exposing GW Law students to the aspects of the intellectual property law profession that are unique to Washington, D.C. SIPLA draws upon leaders in the field not only to explore the traditional intellectual property law disciplines of patent, trademark, and copyright law, but also unfair trade practices, antitrust, computer law, technology licensing, sports law, entertainment law, and communications law. Lecturers sponsored by SIPLA have included the president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the former commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and intellectual property practitioners and academics from around the country. SIPLA is committed to enhancing GW Law students’ career options by providing unmatched networking opportunities, a nationally distributed SIPLA resume digest, and a chance to interact with hundreds of intellectual property law alumni from around the country.

Exec Bios:

President – Akkad Moussa

Akkad Moussa is a 3L with an interest in a career in patent law. Akkad graduated with his bachelors in chemistry from Cornell University, where he also worked as a research assistant. His other research experience includes a summer internship at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and a 6 month stint working in the analytical chemistry labs of E.&J. Gallo Winery in California. Akkad is excited to put his chemistry background to work with a career in patent law, and he be spent the past summer summer doing patent prosecution and transaction work with the Life Sciences group at Baker Botts as well as with the Chemistry & Life Sciences group at Kilpatrick Townsend in DC.

Vice President – Steven Dirks

Steven Dirks is a 2L with an interest in pursuing a career in patent law. Steven graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from James Madison University. While studying at James Madison, Steven performed research in organometallic synthesis. Before attending law school, Steven worked as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, assisting companies identify new technologies for licensing/acquisition, performing market research, and competitive landscaping. In the summer following 1L, Steven interned with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Treasurer – Sohrab Hajarian

Sohrab Hajarian is a 2L with an interest in pursuing a career in patent litigation. Sohrab graduated with a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, where he focused on robotics and also played on the club soccer team. Sohrab is a registered patent agent and spent his 1L summer as a Summer Associate at Alston & Bird LLP doing IP Litigation. In his free time, Sohrab likes to play soccer, play classical Persian music, and cook.

Regulatory Chair – Gianna Cresto

Gianna Cresto is a 2L with an interest in pursuing a career in intellectual property and privacy law. Gianna graduated from Santa Clara University in Northern California, with a degree in political science and a minor in women’s and gender studies. While there, she played on the volleyball team, and worked on patent and copyright matters at Oracle. Gianna spent her 1L summer working at the US Attorney’s Office in San Diego.

Fundraising Chair – Levent Herguner

Levent Hergüner is a 3L pursuing a career in patent law. Levent graduated from Lehigh University in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in Business.  While at Lehigh, Levent worked as the lead teaching assistant in the Applied Engineering Computer Methods and Introduction to Law courses. He was also president of Sigma Phi Delta his senior year, a social and professional fraternity for engineers. Levent looks forward to integrating his background with patent law. He spent his 1L summer writing office actions in response to patent applications at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and spent his last summer working at the D.C. office of Jones Day.

Mentoring Chair – Divesh Patel

Divesh Patel is a 2L interested in pursuing a career in patent law. Divesh graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego. During college, he interned with a State Superior Court Judge in Santa Barbara, California, and spent his past summer interning with a Federal District Court Judge, in San Diego, California.

Copyright and Trademark Chair – Gabby Mitchell

Gabby Mitchell is a 3L with an interest in pursuing a career in intellectual property, particularly copyright law. Gabby graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Dance. She worked this past summer at the Association of American Publishers, a trade association representing nearly 400 publishing organizations. Gabby is also the Senior Managing Editor of SIPLA’s Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Brief as well as President of GW Law’s Art Law and Entertainment Society.