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Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition Open To All Law Students in Michigan

Thursday, January 16, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition Open To All Law Students in Michigan

LANSING, MICH. (Jan. 16, 2014) – 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 encouragelaw 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 by May 15, 2014. The official entry form and rules are available at

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.

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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 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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