Foley Announces Winners of 8th Annual IP Writing Competition

08 October 2007 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Five Law School Students Recognized for Outstanding Research & Writing Skills.

Foley announced today the winners of its Eighth Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition. Five law school students were awarded prizes totaling $15,000 at a recent ceremony in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Law school students around the country were invited to submit papers on intellectual property topics, such as patents, copyrights, domain names, trademarks, computer law and trade secret law. The submissions were then divided into two categories based on the students’ year of law school. Foley partner Glenn Law judged the papers based on originality of thought, contributions to the law and practice, completeness of scholarly research, and overall style and content.

Law noted, “the quality of this year’s IP Writing Competition submissions was outstanding. The analysis in the papers demonstrates that students find intellectual property law to be a challenging and engaging field.”

This year, two grand prize winners and three honorable mention winners were selected.

“The interest in our Intellectual Property Writing Competition continues to grow. We received twice the number of entries this year over last year and we expect that trend to continue,” said Marion E. Baker, Intellectual Property Department Operating Officer.

The following is a list of the winners and their submission topics:

First-Year Grand Prize Winner – Awarded $5,000

  • Steven Horowitz, “Competing Lockean Claims to Virtual Property” (Harvard Law School)

Second-Year Grand Prize Winner – Awarded $5,000

  • Timothy Hsieh, “The Adequacy of the Mark: Raising the Standard Under 35 U.S.C. 287(a) for Patented On-line Software Methods” (University of California Hastings College of Law)

Honorable Mention Winners – Awarded $5,000 Total

  • Vladimir Gusev, “The Hatch-Waxman Act and Its Relevance to Biologics” (Loyola Law School)
  • Julie B. Peng, “The Implications of a Taking in the Patent Infringement Exception: Support for an Alternative Approval Process for Therapeutic Biologic Medicine” (The George Washington University Law School)
  • Christopher B. Conley, “Parallel Imports: The Tired Debate of the Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights and Why the WTO Should Harmonize the Haphazard Laws of the International Community” (Tulane University Law School)

Foley introduced the competition in 1999 in an effort to stimulate scholarly research and writing about high-level intellectual property topics among first- and second-year law students interested in publishing opportunities.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.

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