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Intellectual Property Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Student Writing Competition

For more than 40 years, the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar has striven to advance the quality of intellectual law practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition (the “Competition”) seeks to promote academic debate and the dissemination of ideas and scholarly writing in the field of intellectual property.  The Competition is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar.  All articles submitted will receive consideration for publication by the Section to its membership.  Student authors entering the competition thereby authorize such publication.  The Section publication’s editors reserve the right to make editorial revisions to the author’s article prior to publication on the Section’s website.

Prize

$5,000 and publication on the Section’s website.  If the Section determines that a second article is of sufficient quality, it may award a second prize of $2,500 for that article, as well.

Eligibility

The Competition is open to all students enrolled and in good standing during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years (including December 2019 and December 2020 graduates) at (i) any Virginia law school, or (ii) a law school outside Virginia as a resident of Virginia (with proof of residency).  Articles must have been written solely by the entrant while enrolled in law school.

Topic & Format

Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law.  Preference may be given to topics demonstrating particular relevance to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel and unique perspectives.  Articles should be approximately 25 to 40 typed pages (including footnotes) in length.  Entries must be double-spaced, in at least 12-point font, with one-inch margins and numbered pages.  Citations should conform to the Bluebook.  Entries must be submitted electronically in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format.  Entries should also include the student’s name, address, telephone number, law school, expected graduation date, and the following signed statement: “I declare that during the 2019-20 and/or 2020-21 academic year (as applicable), I was enrolled and in good standing (i) at a Virginia law school, or (ii) at a law school outside Virginia as a Virginia resident.  I further declare that this entry was written solely by me while enrolled and in good standing in law school.”  The student author’s inclusion of this statement in the transmittal email, together with his or her typed name between two forward slashes (i.e. /Jane M. Doe/) shall constitute a signature for the purpose of the signed statement requirement.

Deadline

All entries must be sent by email to rvance@mcguirewoods.com with a copy to skelleher@mcguirewoods.com and must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 31, 2021.  For problems with transmission, please contact Robin C. Vance at 804-­775-1071.

Judging

Entries will initially be judged by members of the Section, in their sole discretion, who will select no more than five finalists.  The final judge will be the Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Linn will select the winner, in his sole discretion, from among the finalists.  Criteria for judging include:

• Subject matter originality

• Relevance to intellectual property practice

• Quality of topic development

• Analysis of the subject matter

• Quality of writing

• Proper reliance on cited authorities

• Clarity of expression

• Grammar, spelling and vocabulary

The winner will be announced no earlier than August 15, 2021 and no later than
September 30, 2021.

Presentation of Award

The winner will be notified by telephone and electronic mail and will be invited to the Section’s 30th Annual Fall Weekend Seminar, for an award presentation ceremony.  Hotel accommodations for that evening will be provided to the winner by the Section.

Other Terms & Conditions

No article submitted as an entry in this competition may be published in any law review, bar journal or similar publication until the competition has ended and the winner has been announced. After that time, articles submitted but not selected as the winning article may be published without limitation. The author of the winning article grants the Section a non-exclusive license to publish the article at the Section’s discretion. Other publications of the winning article by the author must include a footnote acknowledging the award from the Section. By submitting an article in this competition, the student author agrees to be bound by the rules, terms and conditions governing the competition and the award of any prizes therein. The Section reserves the right not to make an award in this competition if no entries of acceptable quality are received.

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Prior Winners

2019 Student Writing Competition. Matthew L. Pangle from the University of Richmond School of Law was the winner of the 2019 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his paper titled “The Last Laugh: A Case Study in Copyright of Comedy and the Virtual Identity Standard.”

2018 Student Writing Competition.  Maria Teresa Salido GUSI from the University of Richmond School of Law was the winner of the 2018 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for her paper titled "Traditional Products in Developing Countries: Maximizing Competitive Advantage Through Geographical Indications."

Phillip T. Ogea from the Unversity of Virginia School of Law was the runner-up in the 2018 Virginia State Bar Intllectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for her paper titled "Teleflex, Secondary Patents, and Products Liability."

2017 Student Writing Competition. Justin Jorgensen was the winner of the 2017 Virginia State Bar Intllectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled "Jurisdictional Splits and Timid Copyright Licenses." Jorgensen expects to graduate in 2018 from the University of Ricmond School of Law.

2016 Student Writing Competition.  Mary Catherine Amerine was the winner of the 2016 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for her submission entitled "Wrestling Over Republication Rights: Who Owns The Copyright Of Interviews?"   Amerine expects to graduate in 2017 from William & Mary Law School.

Kalina D. Parker was the first runner up of the 2016 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for her submission entitled "Diluting Designers: An Analysis of Whether Designer-Department Store Partnerships Constitute Self-Dilution and Whether Such Behavior Should Have Legal Consequences."  Parker is a 2016 graduate of William & Mary Law School.

2015 Writing Competition Winner.  Billy Raska was the winner of the 2015 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Compeition for his submission entitled "Where to Start?  Adding Objectivity to the Profit Apportionment Process in Reasonable Royalty Calculations." Raska is a 2015 graduate of the University of Richmond Law School.

2014 Writing Competition Winners.  Kevin T. Richards was the winner of the 2014 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Compeition for his submission entitled "Experimentation and Patent Validity:  Restoring the Supreme Court's Incandescent Lamp Patent Precedent." Richards is a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

Joshua A. Crawford was the runner-up for the 2014 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled:  "Trademark Rights for Signature Touchdown Dances."  Crawford is a 2014 graduate of George Washington Law School.

2013 Writing Competition Winner.  Thomas R. Randall was the winner of the 2013 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled "Patent Harmonization in the 21st Century: Narrowing the Issues." Randall is a 2013 graduate of George Mason Law School.

2012 Writing Competition Winner.  Matthew E. Kelley was the winner of the 2012 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled "Pornography, Piracy, and Privacy: How Adult Entertainment Companies' Mass Copyright Infringement Litigation Threatens Sexual Privacy, and What Courts Should Do About It."  Kelley is a 2012 graduate of George Washington University Law School.

2011 Writing Competition Winner.  Christopher Reaves was the winner of the 2011 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled "Whose Tube? Youtube's Rights, Liabilities, and Incentives Under 17 U.S.C. § 512."  Reaves is a 2011 graduate of George Washington University Law School.

2010 Writing Competition Winner.   Timothy A. Cook was the winner of the 2010 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled "A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Pharmaceutical Reverse-Payment Settlement Regulations." Cook is a 2011 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

2009 Writing Competition Winner. Jacob A. Schroeder was the winner of the 2009 Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for his submission entitled "Anti-circumvention of Competition: Avoiding Conflict Between DMCA and Antitrust." Schroeder is a 2009 graduate of George Washington University Law School.