Writing Competition

Sponsored by the

Boston Patent Law Association

1st Prize:  $1000

2nd Prize:  $500

 

The BPLA is once again holding its annual Writing Competition!  Law students are encouraged to submit papers on a subject relating to intellectual property law.  The requirements for eligibility are outlined below.

Judges will consider the merits of the paper as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property law and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously published or available.

 

Contest Rules:

§         Papers must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) within the jurisdiction of the First Federal Judiciary Circuit or prepared in connection with a course at a law school situated in the First Circuit.

§         Papers must have been written or published between August 31, 2013 and September 1, 2014.

§         Only one paper may be submitted per student in a given year.

§         Papers must be submitted to the Boston Patent Law Association on or before September 30, 2014.

§         Papers should be no more than the equivalent of ten (10) law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy). 

§         Submission of five (5) copies or a .pdf file is required.

§         Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, law school, and employment information (if applicable). 

 

Please send Papers to:

Michael Bergman, Esq.

Boston Patent Law Association

c/o Bergman & Song LLP

P.O. Box 400198

Cambridge, MA 02140

 

Phone: 617-625-8870

Fax: 617-625-8880

 

Please e-mail bplawriting@bpla.org if you have any questions.

 

 

Past Winners

Place and Year

 Rajarshi Banerjee, Harvard University School of Law

The Success of, and Response to, India’s Law against Patent Layering

 

 

First Place, 2013

 Booyong Lim, Suffolk University

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s Recent Expanded View of Liability for Induced Infringement under Section 271(b)

 

 

Second Place (tie), 2013

 Elliott Williams, Harvard University School of Law

Equitable Discretion and the Patent Owner’s Delay

 

 

Second Place (tie), 2013

 Kip L. Bodi, Suffolk University Law School

Processes as Patentable Subject Matter after Bilski: Recent Federal Circuit Case Law

 

 

First Place, 2012

 Alex P. Garens, Boston University School of Law

Will Copyrights Expire in 2019?  Revisiting the Copyright Clause: "Limited Times" and Copyright Term Extensions in the Wake of Golan?

Originally published in the  Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law, Volume 13, Number 1, 2012.

 

 

Second Place, 2012

 Daniel J. Klein, Northeastern University School of Law

The Integrity of Section 101: A “New and Useful” Test for Patentable Subject Matter

 

 

First Place, 2011

Briana Erickson, Suffolk University Law School

Abstract Idea or Tangible Application?  Assn. for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO and the Future of Intellectual Property Protection for Diagnostic Methods

 

 

Second Place, 2011

Marcie Clark, Suffolk University Law School

The "Separate" Written Description Requirement and its Impact on Biotechnology Patent Law

 

 

First Place, 2010

Daniel Rose, Suffolk University Law School

Statutory Damages in Copyright Law:  When is Willful Infringement not Willful?

 

 

Second Place, 2010

Julie Gottselig, Ph.D., New England Law Boston

What is "Obvious to Try"?  The History, Meaning and Application of the Obvious-To-Try Test as a Means for Proving Obviousness of Patent Claims


 

 

First Place, 2009

Peter Ludwig, Franklin Pierce Law Center

How (Not) To Discourage the Unscrupulous Copyist


 

 

Second Place, 2009

Melissa Sikorski, Suffolk University Law School

Willy Wonka's Everlasting Gobstopper as a Never-ending Trade Secret:  The Importance of Cultivating an Effective Trade Secret Protection Program By Meeting a Client's Specific Needs

 

 

First Place, 2008

Lev Rosenblum, Boston University Law School

The Name of the Game is the Claim - Please Roll the Dice

 

 Second Place, 2008

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