3rd Annual Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition now open to all law students in Michigan

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law have announced that they are co-sponsoring the third 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 competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. degree programs at any ABA-accredited Michigan law school between Jan. 1, 2012-May 1, 2013. Individuals wishing to participate in the competition must submit their work electronically no later than May 15, 2013.  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.

“The Intellectual Property Law Section sponsors the writing competition to encourage law students throughout the state to engage in legal scholarship in intellectual property and related areas of the law,” said Anna Budde, IPLS Council Chair and a patent attorney at Quinn Law Group, PLLC.  “This area presents a variety of topics of interest to law students, including patent, trademark, and copyright law, social media, emerging technologies, and privacy. The IPLS hopes that the competition will inspire our future IP lawyers to explore these important issues in greater depth.”

“Cooley is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this year’s competition,” said David C. Berry, Professor of Law at Cooley’s Auburn Hills Campus and the Co-Director of Cooley’s graduate IP program. “Intellectual property law is a popular subject in law school, and an important issue for the region’s economic competitiveness. We are excited to be able to help recognize law students who have conducted original research in the field.”

More information on the competition can be found at: http://www.michbar.org/ip/calendar.cfm

About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.


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