October 09, 2007
Second-year law student, Christopher B. Conley
, was one of five students recognized for outstanding research and writing skills in this year’s Foley & Lardner Intellectual Property Writing Competition. Conley’s submission topic, “Parallel Imports: The Tired Debate of the Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights and Why the WTO Should Harmonize the Haphazard Laws of the International Community”, awarded him honorable mention in this year’s 8th annual scholarly competition. All five students were awarded prizes totaling $15,000 at a recent ceremony in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Law school students around the country were invited to submit papers on intellectual property topics, such as patents, copyrights, domain names, trademarks, computer law and trade secret law. The submissions were then divided into two categories based on the students’ year of law school. Foley partner Glenn Law judged the papers based on originality of thought, contributions to the law and practice, completeness of scholarly research, and overall style and content.
Law noted, “the quality of this year’s IP Writing Competition submissions was outstanding. The analysis in the papers demonstrates that students find intellectual property law to be a challenging and engaging field.”
This year, two grand prize winners and three honorable mention winners were selected.
“The interest in our Intellectual Property Writing Competition continues to grow. We received twice the number of entries this year over last year and we expect that trend to continue,” said Marion E. Baker, Intellectual Property Department Operating Officer.
Foley introduced the competition in 1999 in an effort to stimulate scholarly research and writing about high-level intellectual property topics among first- and second-year law students interested in publishing opportunities.
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