Newsletter – April 9, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

We hope everybody is excited to buckle down and study for finals!

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) End of the Year Party THIS FRIDAY
(2) GW Law Munich Summer IP Study Abroad
(3) Copyright Section 108 Event RESCHEDULED
(4) 10th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property
(5) PTAB Judicial Law Clerk Program
(6) Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing
(7) SIPLA Spotlight – Jacob Rothenberg

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

(1) End of the Year Party THIS FRIDAY

SIPLA, the GW IP Department, AIPLA QJ, ESPLA and FCBJ are pleased to announce the 2018 End of the Year Party on Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm in the LLC. Live music by Judge Rader’s band De Novo! 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.

Please RSVP HERE!

(2) GW Law Munich Summer IP Study Abroad

It’s not too late to register to attend the GW Law 2018 IP Study Abroad Program, in Munich, Germany.

This year’s program will be held May 28 – June 8, 2018. Classes include:

– International Intellectual Property Exhaustion: Professor Dan Burk
– The Federal Circuit (International Perspective): Dean John Whealan
– Internet Law: Professor Marketa Trimble
– Information Privacy Law: Professors Mikołaj Rogowski and Ray Thomas

For more information contact: Munich Summer Program, or come to the Career Center to meet with Katie White.

(3) Copyright Section 108 Event RESCHEDULED

The Washington, DC chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of Section 108 of the Copyright Act.

In 2017 the U.S. Copyright Office issued a “Section 108 Discussion Document,” in which it proposed new statutory language for Section 108 so that its exceptions can usefully address digital media and technologies. This panel discussion will address several topics raised in the Discussion Document, including off-site access to preservation copies, the fair use savings clause, and criteria for eligibility.

Panelists have all been involved for years in Section 108 reform discussions, and represent librarians, publishers, archives, and academia. The event will now take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Faculty Conference Center (FCC).

More Information Here. Students Register for Free!

(4) 10th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property

Join in-house counsel from major corporations and members of the judiciary, academia and private practice as they explore IP-related issues at the 10th annual Symposium on Intellectual Property on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The program, presented by The George Washington University Law School, Mayer Brown LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and NERA Economic Consulting will feature interactive panel discussions of hot topics and recent developments in patent law, including:

– Hot Topics at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
– Effective Appellate Advocacy at the Federal Circuit
– Valuation of Patent Portfolios
– Current Issues Facing In-House Patent Lawyers

Registration for the symposium is complimentary! RSVP Here
(5) PTAB Judicial Law Clerk Program

The PTAB has created and is hiring for a new Judicial Law Clerk Program. The PTAB modeled this program off the judicial law clerk program used in the federal courts.

Judicial law clerks will gain experience working at the PTAB for a one-year term directly with one or more administrative patent judges (APJs). Judicial law clerks will assist on cases in all jurisdictions of the PTAB, including trials under the America Invents Act and ex parte appeals. Judicial law clerk positions are available at our Alexandria headquarters and all four regional offices in Detroit, Denver, Dallas, and San Jose, California.

Applications are due by Thursday, April 26. Interested candidates must have an engineering or science background, law degree, and bar membership in any state within 14 months of a hire date. The application can be accessed here: USA Jobs

(6) Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing

The Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition is designed to promote scholarship in the areas of legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics in the American legal community, which are core values of the American Inns of Court. The submission deadline is July 1, 2018 and Inn membership is not a requirement

Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The submission deadline for the 2018 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2018. More information is available on the American Inns of Court website.

(7) SIPLA Spotlight – Jacob Rothenberg

Jake is from Skaneateles, NY, up in the (cold) Finger Lakes region. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Physics, and conducted research at the Institute of Optics. He then went on to get an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he conducted research on fiber optics and photonic devices both at Columbia and at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

During this past 1L summer, Jake worked at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox here in D.C. For this upcoming 2L summer, he will be with White and Case in their D.C. office, working on IP litigation and transaction matters. He is interested in these areas of the law because they are dynamic and exciting areas that help companies in leveraging their IP. During last semester, Jake also interned with the Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice, working on patent and copyright infringement litigation.

In his free time, Jake enjoys trying new food and spending time outdoors: playing golf, barbecuing, watching baseball, and going out on the water.

Advice for 1L’s: “As others have said, ask a lot of questions and get as much advice as possible going into OCI, but try to go into the process with an open mind and try not to have too many preconceived conclusions. OCI is a personalized experience, and some advice is anecdotal and may not apply to you.
Have a great week,
SIPLA Board

Newsletter – April 2, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) End of the Year Party
(2) Copyright Section 108 Event RESCHEDULED
(3) FEMA IP Legal Internship
(4) Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing
(5) SIPLA Spotlight – Joseph Myles

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

(1) End of the Year Party

SIPLA, the GW IP Department, AIPLA QJ, ESPLA and FCBJ are pleased to announce the 2018 End of the Year Party on Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm in the LLC. Live music by Judge Rader’s band De Novo! 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.

Please RSVP HERE!

(2) Copyright Section 108 Event RESCHEDULED.

The Washington, DC chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of Section 108 of the Copyright Act. Section 108 establishes exceptions for libraries and archives so that they can fulfill their missions of research, preservation, and access to creative works, but it has not been comprehensively updated since its enactment in 1976.

In 2017 the U.S. Copyright Office issued a “Section 108 Discussion Document,” in which it proposed new statutory language for Section 108 so that its exceptions can usefully address digital media and technologies. This panel discussion will address several topics raised in the Discussion Document, including off-site access to preservation copies, the fair use savings clause, and criteria for eligibility.

Panelists have all been involved for years in Section 108 reform discussions, and represent librarians, publishers, archives, and academia. The event will now take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Faculty Conference Center (FCC).

More Information Here. Students Register for Free!
(3) FEMA IP Legal Internship.

FEMA is looking for a student legal intern to support a growing intellectual property practice. This is an unpaid opportunity for you to experience what an in-house intellectual property counsel for a 20,000 member federal entity. This internship will work directly with FEMA’s in-house intellectual property attorney and is located in FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel at FEMA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC.

This position provides opportunities in all areas of intellectual property – supporting active patent litigation before the Court of Federal Claims; drafting patent applications in telecommunications-related arts; managing, drafting/prosecuting, and defending a trademark portfolio including support of a pending opposition proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; counseling, with respect to copyright, a public affairs office with high-profile social media accounts and education institutions with online and in-person instruction and a full library; investigating and defending against allegations of infringement, providing counsel regarding intellectual property issues in government contracts; providing counsel regarding software licensing and copyright clearance, and more.

The experience of the successful candidate will be determined according to that candidate’s interests. Eligibility for the patent bar is a plus but not required. If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Mr. Nathan Cristler via email no later than April 30: Nathan Cristler.

(4) Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing.

The Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition is designed to promote scholarship in the areas of legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics in the American legal community, which as you know, are core values of the American Inns of Court. The submission deadline is July 1, 2018 and Inn membership is not a requirement

Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The submission deadline for the 2018 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2018. More information is available on the American Inns of Court website.

(5) SIPLA Spotlight – Joseph Myles.

Joey grew up in the Seattle area and then went to undergrad at the University of British Columbia, where he double majored in Economics and Computer Science. During various undergrad summers, he worked at two different IP boutiques doing research for a patent prosecutor.

During this past 1L summer, Joey interned right here in DC Superior Court for The Honorable Judge Michael Rankin, where he stayed for both fall and spring semesters of his 2L year. This upcoming 2L summer, he will be in DC again, working at Finnegan. Joey is interested in patent litigation, with a focus on software patents, because of his tech background in computer science.

Within the law school, Joey is Submissions Editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and was in the Law Revue show. Outside of law school, he mostly enjoys playing guitar. He will be playing band gig with Attractive Nuisance on April 12 and even a song or two at the SIPLA end of the year party with De Novo.

Advice for 1L’s: “Never forget that you should be a good fit wherever you end up working, and the interview is where you figure out how well you fit. So instead of bending over backwards, make sure the place fits your needs just as well as you fit its. As for 1L summer, I recommend having fun and experimenting with as many things that interest you as possible, and don’t worry about making mistakes.”

Have a great week,
SIPLA Board

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.”

Newsletter – January 21, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

We enjoyed seeing everyone at our first spring semester Employer Outreach Program last week. Our next EOP will be Wednesday January 31st (more details below).

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Jan. 31
(2) IPEL 1L Applications
(3) Baker Botts 1L Summer Associate
(4) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House
(5) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship
(6) ABA Intellectual Property Law Spring Meeting Student Reporter
(7) WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property
(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Sohrab Hajarian

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

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Jan. 31

On Wednesday Jan.31, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its fourth Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “Briefing and Arguing IP Cases.” 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*:
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Latham & Watkins

Paul Hastings

Rothwell Figg

Venable

(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 are then due Saturday, February 3 by 10 pm. We will be holding an information session for potential IPEL bloggers on Thursday, January 25th from 12:15-1:15 in STU 302. We will discuss the application process, what it is like as a member of the blog, and answer any questions. If you are unable to attend the info session but have questions feel free to email ipel@law.gwu.edu.

(3) Baker Botts 1L Summer Associate

Baker Botts is currently accepting applications for qualified first year law students to be considered for their 2018 Summer Associate Program. Students who have an engineering, computer science, hard science, or life sciences undergraduate degree with an interest in Intellectual Property are of particular interest. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and undergraduate transcript with your online application, via CORE.

(4) 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 Friday, February 2nd by emailing Courtney Doyle.

(5) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship

NASA is currently accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship 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.

The application for this opportunity is due March 1, 2018. All applications must be submitted through NASA OSSI. There is no science requirement for this position.

(6) ABA Intellectual Property Law Spring Meeting Student Reporter

The ABA is accepting applications for a Law Student Reporter to attend the upcoming IPLSpring Meeting in Arlington, VA on April 18-20. Law Student Reporters are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 33rd Annual Intellectual Property Conference, while attending the panels, meeting IP attorneys from all over the world and live-tweeting your experience. You learn more about the conference, here.

Applications for the program’s second round of decisions are due by Friday, January 26th by 11:59PM EST. Apply here.

Questions? Email lawstudentreporters@gmail.com. More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group here.
(7) WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) will be co-hosting a Summer School on Intellectual Property from June 11-22. This exclusive program will be a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of IP from leading experts in one of the world’s key centers of IP law and policymaking. This course can benefit students seeking a deeper knowledge of IP to advance their careers and academic credit will be available.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer School website.
(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Sohrab Hajarian

Sohrab graduated from Cornell University with both a BS and M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. He was already planning to come to law school, so he came straight through to GW. However, before starting law school, he passed the patent bar and is now a registered patent agent.

During this past 1L summer, he worked at Alston & Bird right here in DC doing IP Litigation. Sohrab enjoyed his experience at Alston, but will be spending his upcoming 2L summer working with Akin Gump’s IP Litigation group in DC.

Within law school, Sohrab is SIPLA’s Treasurer and a staff editor on the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. Outside of law school, Sohrab has a variety of interests. He loves playing soccer (he is on the GW Club soccer team), plays classical Persian music, and likes to drive, cook, and try new restaurants.

Advice for 1Ls: “[I]f you’re looking for a firm job then really work on polishing your resume and practice interviewing. Send out a lot of applications and also reach out to people for help and advice. Otherwise, don’t sweat it much, getting a 1L job at a firm is really tough and mostly based on luck. If you don’t get one don’t get discouraged–there are tons of opportunities in DC to take advantage of that can set you up with good experience for doing well at OCI.”

Have a great week,

Newsletter – January 16, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break and a smooth transition into the first week of classes.

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program, TOMORROW, Jan. 16
(2) IPEL 1L Applications
(3) McAndrews, Hell & Mallow (Chicago) Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program – Deadline TONIGHT
(4) Morris James Entry Level Associate
(5) Sterne Kessler 2018 Spring 1L Diversity Fellowship
(6) Sterne Kessler Summer Associate
(7) Banner & Witcoff 1L Summer Associate
(8) Dentons 1L Patent Prosecution Summer Associate
(9) Baker Botts Summer Associate
(10) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House
(11) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship
(12) SIPLA Spotlight – Steven Dirks

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

(1) Employer Outreach Program, TOMORROW, Jan. 16
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its third Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “Diversity in IP Law.” 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*:
Baker Botts

Finnegan

KramerAmado

Haynes & Boone

Morgan Lewis

(2) IPEL 1L Applications
IPEL will be accepting 1L applications in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks.

(3) McAndrews, Hell & Mallow (Chicago) Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program – Deadline TONIGHT

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who, in the firm’s view, is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications for the 2017 fellowship are due tonight, January 15. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.

Please see McAndrews’ website, which provides further details about this opportunity, as well as the application. Applications must be submitted online.

(4) Morris James Entry Level Associate

Morris James LLP is looking for a 2017 or 2018 graduate to join their Patent Litigation group. Candidates should have a chemistry or related background and a strong interest in representing generic pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation pursuant to the Hatch-Waxman Act. Excellent research and writing skills required; knowledge of electronic discovery a plus.
Morris James LLP has approximately 75 lawyers with six offices located in Delaware. Morris James seeks enthusiastic, highly motivated attorneys who will embrace the firm’s values of excellence and respect, and meet the needs of their clients. The professional development of Morris James’ associates is the key to maintaining the firm’s growth and character. Associates enjoy an unusual amount of autonomy and client contact and are responsible for producing tangible results on sophisticated matters. The firm provides a compensation package with a competitive salary and a complete benefits package which demonstrates their commitment to their attorneys. Morris James is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where individuals of all backgrounds are welcome. The firm also recognizes the importance of a healthy balance between work and private life. A fulfilling private life helps maintain a solid foundation from which Morris James attorneys will make sound judgments and perform the quality work necessary to serve the needs of clients.

See CORE for posting and to apply.
(5) Sterne Kessler 2018 Spring 1L Diversity Internship

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, a full-service intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC, has invited diverse first-year law students in the DC area to apply for an internship this spring. The firm is particularly interested in applicants with an advanced degree (masters or doctorate) in biochemistry, chemistry, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. This program will allow two students to shadow attorneys and participate in client meetings and strategy sessions while receiving in-depth information on the firm’s Biotechnology/Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Litigation Practice Groups.

The internship program will take place on the following dates: March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13. 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 this internship is to complement the students’ educational experience while providing exposure to a law firm setting and practice early on to help better prepare each student for the upcoming fall recruitment program.

This is a paid internship ($20/hour). If you are interested in participating, please email your resume, a copy of your transcripts (undergraduate and graduate/law school) and a writing sample to Jaya Saxena at diversity@law.gwu.edu by 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

(6) Sterne Kessler Summer Associate

Sterne Kessler’s summer associate program is a primary source for our entry level attorney class each year. The goal is to discover talented individuals who have the potential for outstanding legal careers and who can deliver meaningful contributions to the firm, their clients, and the community. It is a priority to present challenging responsibilities and opportunities to summer associates in a hardworking, yet relaxed atmosphere. The program incorporates meaningful work assignments, midpoint, and end-of-summer evaluations, workshops/trainings, and team structure, all designed to reflect what life is like for an attorney at Sterne Kessler.
A variety of social events are also planned each summer, which include a welcome reception, crab feast, sporting events, dinner parties, and more. Meeting and getting to know Sterne Kessler attorneys on a personal level is an important part of your experience. Sterne’s attorneys come from diverse backgrounds, each contributing to the firms’ success. These social activities provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet attorneys across all of our practice groups and for us to get to know you!

Candidates applying for a 1L summer associate position with Sterne’s Mechanical Group must possess a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or an equivalent discipline. Please email Caryn Thompson (Legal Recruiting Coordinator) to apply.
(7) Banner & Witcoff Summer Associate 1L
Banner & Witcoff is seeking first year law students to work in its Washington, DC office as Summer Associates for the summer of 2018.

Summer Associates will assist in a variety of legal assignments including intellectual property counseling and opinion work, patent prosecution, and intellectual property litigation-related matters.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of academic achievement and excellent interpersonal skills. Please upload your resume with cover letter, law school and college transcripts, and a writing sample here. Candidates should redact social security numbers and similar information before submitting materials.

A scientific or engineering degree, and eligibility to take the Patent Bar Exam, are required.

(8) Dentons 1L Patent Prosecution Summer Associate

Dentons is looking for 1L students with technical degrees to apply for their patent prosecution summer associate program at their San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Denver offices

Summer Associates are integrated into Dentons’ multi-office team and work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented lawyers on real matters for real clients, such as DreamWorks Animation, TESLA and VMWare. In addition to work assignments on cutting edge technology, the Summer Program includes a mentorship program and training sessions specifically designed for aspiring lawyers.

Interviews will occur on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply early. Please visit Dentons’ careers site and the attached flyer for further information on the Summer Program. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter and can apply using this link: apply here. Applicants should also include a fall semester transcript when available.

(9) Baker Botts Summer Associate

Baker Botts is currently accepting applications for qualified first year law students to be considered for their 2018 Summer Associate Program. Students who have an engineering, computer science, hard science, or life sciences undergraduate degree with an interest in Intellectual Property are of particular interest. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and undergraduate transcript with your online application, via CORE.

(10) 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 Friday, February 2nd by emailing Courtney Doyle. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(11) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship

NASA is currently accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship 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. There is no science requirement for this position.

(12) SIPLA Spotlight – Steven Dirks

Steven graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a degree in chemistry and a concentration in business. Prior to attending law school, Steven worked for a pharmaceutical consulting firm, where he performed competitive landscaping, market analyses, and technology scouting for global pharmaceutical companies.

Steven spent his 1L summer at the Federal Circuit, interning for the Honorable Kathleen O’Malley. During his 2L year, he interned with the Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice working on patent and copyright infringement litigation. Steven felt the combination of hands-on learning, real-world experience, and practitioner insight made both internships extremely valuable opportunities and would highly recommend both to any students interested in patent litigation. Steven will spend his 2L summer at Kirkland & Ellis in the Patent Litigation group.

Steven is very involved in SIPLA, where he is currently serving as Vice President. He is also involved with Law Review. In his free time, Steven enjoys reading cheesy thriller novels, playing sports/exercising, and continuing the search for the best sweets/fried chicken in DC with his fiance.

Newsletter – November 5, 2017

Dear SIPLA,

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(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 (hbureau@law.gwu.edu) 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

Internship
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,

Newsletter – October 30, 2017

Dear SIPLA,

We hope everyone had an eerily fun Halloween weekend! We are looking forward to the second EOP of the year on Wednesday (more details below) and hope everyone won’t be too spooked to come (OK I’m done with the awful Halloween jokes now).

Please also see the following announcements below:

(1) Constitutional Amendment Officially Recognizing IPEL Blog – ACTION REQUIRED

(2) Employer Outreach Program, Nov. 1

(3) Munich Summer Program Info Session

(4) Fall Interview Prep Session

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

(6) Patents in Telecomm Conference

(7) Job Opportunities

(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Ashley Cade

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

(1) Constitutional Amendment Officially Recognizing IPEL Blog – ACTION REQUIRED

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law (IPEL) Blog is seeking official SBA sponsorship and in the process it was discovered that SIPLA’s constitution does not officially recognize the blog although it is a part of SIPLA organization. As such, IPEL’s executive board has drafted a constitutional amendment, which has been passed by SIPLA’s executive board. Per Article IV of SIPLA’s constitution, a constitutional amendment requires an affirmative vote by at least 2/3 of SIPLA’s voting membership. I have attached both the SIPLA Constitution and the proposed Constitutional Amendment for reference. We need EVERYONE to vote on the amendment HERE by Friday, 11/3 at 5PM.

The amendment is very short and it will only take a couple minutes to look over and cast a vote. This is critically important to IPEL’s functioning so please take a couple of minutes and cast your vote.

(2) Employer Outreach Program, Nov. 1

On Wednesday, Nov. 1st, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its second Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “IP at the Supreme Court.” We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel.
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.
Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms*:
Fried Frank

Foley & Lardner

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

Morrison & Foerster

Pillsbury Winthrop
*The firms in attendance will not be collecting resumes or any sort of credentials from 1Ls, as it is against NALP guidelines to collect them at this time.

(3) Munich IP Summer Study Abroad 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 Nov. 1 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. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

(4) 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.
(5) 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.”

(6) 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.

(7) Job Opportunities

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch, and Birch is accepting applications for a summer 2018 law clerk. Please email Hailey Bureau (hbureau@law.gwu.edu) 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.

Summer Associate
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. | Alexandria – VA
** Note – now open to additional practice areas, not limited to those in
original job description.
Application Deadline: 10/31/2017, 11:59 PM

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

Internship
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

(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Ashley Cade

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!
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 returned to Terumo, where she worked extensively with the in-house patent prosecution team doing a lot of prior art and freedom to operate searching. During her 2L year, she worked at the Department of Justice Intellectual Property Section, which is part of Civil Litigation Division, working mostly on copyright issues but also some patent work. This past summer, Ashley worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York with their life sciences patent litigation group. She enjoyed her experience there and plans to return after graduation. During this year, Ashley is also interning at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims here in D.C.

Ashley was the SIPLA Mentoring Chair last 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.

– Have a great week,

Newsletter – October 23, 2017

Dear SIPLA,

Congratulations to the 1Ls for taking your first law school exam! We hope you had a relaxing break after!

Please also see the following announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Nov. 1

(2) Patent Bar Info Session

(3) Munich Summer Program Info Session

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

(5) Patents in Telecomm Conference

(6) Small and Medium Law Firm Networking Reception

(7) MoFo 1L Patent Prosecution and Litigation Reception

(8) Job Opportunities

(9) SIPLA Spotlight – Akkad Moussa

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

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Nov. 1

On Wednesday, Nov. 1st, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its second Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “IP at the Supreme Court.” We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel.
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.
Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms*:
Fried Frank

Foley & Lardner

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

Morrison & Foerster

Pillsbury Winthrop
*The firms in attendance will not be collecting resumes or any sort of credentials from 1Ls, as it is against NALP guidelines to collect them at this time.
(2) Patent Bar Info Session
If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practicing Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by John White, Academic Director of PLI’s Patent Office Exam Course. The information session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in Stockton 305 and will discuss:

The latest info on the Patent Office Exam
Who can take it,
How it works, now that it’s on computer and “on demand,”
When you should take it (you don’t need to…and probably shouldn’t…wait until you graduate),
How the America Invents Act is impacting the Exam, and
Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam
Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed.

Please visit PLI’s website for a wealth of information and resources:

www.PatentOfficeExamCourse.com www.pli.edu

(3) Munich IP Summer Study Abroad 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 Nov. 1 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. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

(4) 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.”

(5) 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.

(6) Small and Medium Law Firm Networking Reception

Don’t miss the Small and Medium Law Firm Networking Reception on Monday, Oct. 23, in the Marvin Center. 5 to 7 PM. RSVP on CORE.

The following IP firms* will be participating:
Haug Partner
Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
Cahn & Samuels, LLP
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider
*Note, resumes will be accepted from upper class law students only.

(7) MoFo 1L Patent Prosecution and Litigation Reception

Please join Morrison and Foerster on Wednesday Nov. 29 from 6-8:30 PM at Rosa Mexicano (575 7th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004) to learn to learn more about their 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation Two-Summer Program. MoFo’s Two-Summer Patent Programs were created to develop you into the next successful MoFo IP attorney. The firm will immerse summer associates in their Patent Prosecution Group or Patent Litigation Group over two full summers, help guide professional development and pay for the USPTO exam fee. Student associates will also attend MoFo’s unique Patent Boot Camp training program, be mentored by our leading IP partners and receive a $15,000 bonus upon successful completion of the program.

Email Jeniea Howard to RSVP by Monday, November 20th.

(8) Job Opportunities

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch, and Birch is accepting applications for a summer 2018 law clerk. Please email Hailey Bureau (hbureau@law.gwu.edu) 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.

Summer Associate
The Webb Law Firm | Pittsburgh – PA
Application Deadline: 10/25/2017, 11:59 PM

Summer Associate
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. | Alexandria – VA
** Note – now open to additional practice areas, not limited to those in
original job description.
Application Deadline: 10/31/2017, 11:59 PM

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

Internship
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

(9) SIPLA Spotlight – Akkad Moussa

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!
Akkad graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemistry, focusing on organic and analytical chemistry. He spent one summer doing research in Jülich Germany with Research Internships in Science Engineering (RISE), and the fall of his Senior year working with the chemistry team for the E.&J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, California.

During his 1L Summer, Akkad worked with the Chemistry & Life Sciences team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP here in Washington, D.C. He is continued working there during his 2L year, mostly on prosecution, and then split his 2L summer between Kilpatrick Townsend and Baker Botts LLP in New York, doing prosecution and litigation with Baker Botts’ Life Sciences team. After graduation, he’ll be staying in DC and working at Kilpatrick Townsend.

In case you haven’t seen him, Akkad is very involved in SIPLA, as the Vice President last year and the President this year. He is also involved with Law Review and LAMBDA within the law school, and volunteers with Spark the Wave (feel free to reach out and ask him about it!), where he helps teach kids how to become service leaders in their communities, as well a number of other non-profit organizations. In his free time, Akkad enjoys the simple pleasures, such as cooking, listening to podcasts, and reading, as well as hiking and going to museums.

– Have a great week,

Newsletter – October 16, 2017

Dear SIPLA,

Good luck to the 1Ls on their midterm this week. If you need any help with studying or anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the board members.

Please also see the following announcements below:

(1) A. Sidney Katz Lecture – The Honorable Judge Linn

(2) UPDATE – AIPLA Annual Meeting

(3) MoFo 1L Patent Prosecution and Litigation Reception

(4) Job Opportunities

(5) SIPLA Spotlight – Maleena Paal

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.
(1) A. Sidney Katz Lecture – The Honorable Judge Linn
On Wednesday October 18th from 5:30 – 8 PM, the GW IP department will host the Honorable Judge Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the FCC (5th floor Burns).

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(2) UPDATE – AIPLA Annual Meeting

AIPLA’s annual meeting is October 19th-21st at the Marriot Wardman Park in Washington DC. Student registration is only $55 (the student discount is available to student members – students can become members here for $25, which includes admission into the New Members Reception) The meeting is a great opportunity to hear from practitioners (including Partners, In-House Counsel, Federal Circuit Judges, PTO leaders and others), and to network. You can register here.

Additionally, this year, The Law Student’s Committee, New Lawyer’s Committee and Law Practice Management Committee will be hosting Pathways to Success on October 18th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 at the Marriot. There will be a series of panels on different career paths with speakers from in-house counsel, outside counsel and the government. Registration is free. More info can be found here. There will be a networking reception sponsored by Fish & Richardson after the panels.

(3) MoFo 1L Patent Prosecution and Litigation Reception

Please join Morrison and Foerster on Wednesday Nov. 29 from 6-8:30 PM at Rosa Mexicano (575 7th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004) to learn to learn more about their 1L Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation Two-Summer Program. MoFo’s Two-Summer Patent Programs were created to develop you into the next successful MoFo IP attorney. The firm will immerse summer associates in their Patent Prosecution Group or Patent Litigation Group over two full summers, help guide professional development and pay for the USPTO exam fee. Student associates will also attend MoFo’s unique Patent Boot Camp training program, be mentored by our leading IP partners and receive a $15,000 bonus upon successful completion of the program.

Email Jeniea Howard to RSVP by Monday, November 20th.

(4) Job Opportunities

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch, and Birch is accepting applications for a summer 2018 law clerk. Please email Hailey Bureau (hbureau@law.gwu.edu) 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.

Summer Associate
The Webb Law Firm | Pittsburgh – PA
Application Deadline: 10/25/2017, 11:59 PM

Summer Associate
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. | Alexandria – VA
** Note – now open to additional practice areas, not limited to those in
original job description.
Application Deadline: 10/31/2017, 11:59 PM

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

Internship
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

(5) SIPLA Spotlight – Maleena Paal

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!
Maleena graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Material Science & Engineering. After that, she spent a couple of years working for business consulting firms before working as an intellectual property clerk at a law firm. The clerk position solidified her desire to attend law school and her interest in IP law.

Maleena was a Summer Associate at Baker & McKenzie during her 1L and 2L summer. She was based out of the D.C. office, but she spent part of this past summer working out of Baker’s London office. Maleena plans to return to Baker & McKenzie after graduation to focus on patent law and international trade.

Maleena is also president of the South Asian Law Student Association, on the executive committee of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. In her free time Maleena likes to travel over breaks and takes a lot of weekend trips to visit new places or to meet friends and family. She also likes to cook and tries to test out a new recipe once a week.