WMU-Cooley Law School students win bronze


MIDWEST REGION INTERNATIONAL PATENT DRAFTING COMPETITION – Pictured (left to right) are WMU-Cooley Professor Gerald Tschura, WMU-Cooley students and third place recipients of the Midwest Region International Patent Drafting Competition Joyce Hill and Chris DeLucenay, and Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director Dr. Christal Sheppard.

– Photo courtesy of WMU-Law

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School students, Chris DeLucenay and Joyce Hill, received third place honors during the recent Midwest Region International Patent Drafting Competition. The two-day competition, hosted through the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic in Detroit provides students with the chance to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the field of Intellectual Property.

The competition began in November 2016. Applicants were given approximately two months to research and draft a patent application pertaining to a hypothetical invention. The field came down to nine teams who presented their patent applications along with their search and drafting strategies, on Feb. 11-12, before a panel of judges including patent examiners, patent office judges and experienced practitioners. The presentation portion of the competition was held at the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit.

WMU-Cooley Law School was preceded by St. Louis University, which took first place and York University, which took second.

“We could not be more proud of Chris DeLucenay and Joyce Hill for their outstanding performance in this competition,” said Gerald Tschura, WMU-Cooley Law School professor. “This was their second time participating in the event, and we’re thrilled to see that their hard work advanced them to the finals once again.”

WMU-Cooley Law School remains the only Michigan school to advance into finals. Other Michigan schools that participated included University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Michigan State University College of Law.  The bronze trophy will join a silver trophy won by WMU-Cooley Law School in last year’s event.


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