Student Writing Competitions and Scholarships in Intellectual Property Law

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Several law schools maintain lists of student writing competitions in IP, technology, arts, and entertainment law.

New for 2012:

Georgia State University College of Law Student Writing Competition  Georgia State University College of Law will hold its first annual Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition in 2012. The GSU Intellectual Property Writing Competition seeks papers addressing legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field. Prizes: 1st Place: $3,000; 2nd Place: $2,000; 3rd Place: $1,000.  Winners will also have the opportunity to have their paper published in the conference materials for the 2012 Corporate IP Institute (CIPI). CIPI is a 2-day event held each year in Atlanta at the campus of Georgia State University where approximately two hundred IP professionals gather to discuss current intellectual property issues, stories, and strategies of corporations.  Full details are here.

Of particular interest to Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh-based law students:

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Competition This competition is open to all second and third year students enrolled in Pennsylvania law schools, writing papers in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, or trade dress. There is a maximum word count of 3500 words, including footnotes. Entries must be submitted not later than April 16, 2012.  The winner will receive a cash award of $2,500.  The second place prize is $1,500.   The winning entries will be published in the PBA-IPLS Newsletter and on the PBA website.   Submit entries to the Section Relations Coordinator, Michael T. Shatto,

Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) Writing Award This competition is open to all law students attending law school within or with a permanent residence within the Western District of Pennsylvania. The winning paper will receive a cash prize of $1,000.  Entries are due by March 25, 2011.  Further details are available here.

Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) Leadership Award This competition is open to law students attending the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne Law Schools. One student from each school will be recognized with a $1,000 award for leadership in the field of intellectual property law. Further details are available here.