Daily Briefs, April 18

Winners announced for the Michigan IP legal writing competition
The winners have been announced for the 2011 Michigan Innovation and Intellectual Property Legal Writing Competition, jointly sponsored by the Michigan State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section (IPLS) and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law. All entries were evaluated anonymously by a panel of judges, including representatives from IPLS and Cooley.
In first place is Cooley Law School student Stacie Farina, of Rochester Hills, with her entry, “Martin v. Alliance Machine: A Broken Application of the Bundle of Secondary Considerations.”
Earning second place is Cooley Law School student Philip Davis, of Lansing, with his entry, “Redundant Law: A Case for Eliminating the Dilution By Tarnishment Cause of Action.”
In third place was Abigail Valovage, of Okemos, a law student at Michigan State University, with her entry, “A Call for Consistency: Maneuvering Trademarks through the International Marketplace.”
All three winners receive a cash prize, publication of their work in the IPLS Proceedings journal, and complimentary registration to the annual IPLS Spring Intellectual Property Seminar.
Jennifer Anderson, chair of IPLS, said, “The Intellectual Property Law Section congratulates this year’s winners for their thoughtful entries, which address important current issues in the field.”

OCBA hosts spring 2011 ‘Meet the Judges’ party

The Oakland County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee will host its spring 2011 ‘Meet the Judges’ party on Thursday, May 19, at Andiamo in Bloomfield Hills. This is an opportunity to meet and network with fellow lawyers and judges from Oakland County courts, Michigan Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Michigan, and local federal courts.
A silent auction will also take place to benefit Forgotten Harvest. 
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with stationed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available until 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Stout Risius Ross. Cost for the evening is $45 for OCBA members ($70 at the door) and $65 for non-members ($90 at the door). Registration is requested by Monday, May 9.  To register, visit www.ocba.org

Holiday Hours

Be advised that the Wayne County Probate Court will close at noon in observance of Good Friday on Friday, April 22 and will reopen on Monday, April 25 at 8 a.m.
The Wayne County Clerk’s Office will close Friday, April 22, at noon in observance of Good Friday.

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