IP Legal Writing Competition open to law students

 The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (IPLS) and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law have announced that they are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition. The competition seeks to recognize outstanding original works of legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property and innovation law. The competition is open to all law students in Michigan.

"The Intellectual Property Law Section sponsors the writing competition in hopes to encourage future IP lawyers to explore important issues relating to intellectual property in greater depth,” said Adam Strauss, IPLS chair.  "We hope to encourage law students throughout the state to engage in legal scholarship in intellectual property and related areas of the law, such as patent, trademark, copyright, social media, emerging technologies, and privacy law.”

The competition is open to J.D. degree students enrolled at any ABA-accredited Michigan law school from May 1, 2013 - May 1, 2014. Individuals interested in enrolling in the competition must submit entries to adam.strauss@stryker.com  by Thursday, May 15. The official entry form and rules are available at  michbar.org/ip/calendar.cfm.

Cash prizes being awarded include: first place, $500; second place, $300 and third place $200. In addition, each of the top three will have their work published in the IPLS Proceedings journal and receive their choice of complimentary registration for an IPLS intellectual property seminar or symposium.

"Cooley is pleased to co-sponsor this competition," said Professor David C. Berry, co-director of Cooley's graduate IP program. "As the area of Intellectual Property Law grows, it is important to recognize law students who have conducted original research in this field and we must also emphasize the importance of IP Law to our state’s economic competitiveness.