Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Journal of Patent & Trademark Office Society’s Mid-Atlantic student writing competition

As the oldest publishing intellectual property law journal in America, the Journal of Patent & Trademark Office Society (JPTOS) provides a forum dedicated to the discussion of legal and technical subjects related to patent, trademark, and copyright laws.  JPTOS boasts a broad and diverse readership that includes practicing attorneys, judges, and law professors.   By instituting a writing competition, the Journal seeks to encourage innovative student scholarship on current topics in intellectual property law, increase student involvement and build stronger ties with Mid-Atlantic law schools.


All currently enrolled JD and LLM students are welcome to submit a paper on any topical issue regarding U.S. or international intellectual property law.  To be considered, students may submit their papers to the Editor-in-Chief throughout the year, but no later than March 15, 2016.  The Editor-in-Chief will review all submissions and select a group of finalists for publication.  The Board of Governors will then choose a winner from the finalists based on a variety of factors, including timeliness of the subject matter, thoroughness of research and analysis, and clarity of writing style. The winner will receive $1000 cash prize and an invitation to give a talk about their paper to the Society at a later date.


Additionally, students and faculty are invited to the Journal’s Open House on September 18, 2015, 10:00-11:30 AM, in the USPTO Madison Auditorium, 600 Dulany Street Alexandria, VA 22314 where a panel will provide a detailed introduction to JPTOS and discuss interesting developments in the field.  For more information about the competition and the Open House, please visit

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