State Bar of Wisconsin announces Intellectual Property Law Essay Contest


The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin is pleased to announce its Annual 2011 Memorial Writing Competition for law students.

Rules of Competition

The author of the best student article, as judged by the IP Section Board of Directors, will receive an award of $1,000 in cash.  The author of the second place article will receive an award of $500

The competition is open to all J.D. candidates at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University. Only one submission per year per student will be accepted for consideration. A submission from a previous year may not be resubmitted in a subsequent year for consideration.

Academic credit may also be available; the Section suggests that students check with the appropriate Professor or Instructor.

The subject matter of the articles may relate to any branch of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets.  The judges will evaluate each submission on several criteria, including originality, significance of topic, depth and quality of analysis, and clarity of writing style.

Submissions should be typewritten and double-spaced (except for footnotes, which may be single-spaced).  The font size shall be 12 point or greater; all margins shall be at least one inch.  All entries must include a separate page containing the author’s name, address, home phone, and law school.  No such personal information shall appear on the submission itself.  In preparing submissions, authors should consult and follow the style presented in A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.).  The maximum permitted length of an article is 7,500 words.

Submissions will be accepted with the understanding that the article is an original work prepared by the student and is not a copy or adaptation of work product prepared in connection with employment (such as a memorandum prepared in connection with work at a law firm).  By submitting an article to the competition, students shall grant to the IP Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin the non-exclusive right to copy, publish, and distribute the work.

The submission deadline is May 31, 2011.  The IP Section Board of Directors will notify winners.  Please direct inquiries and send a “hard copy” of your submission to:

Elisabeth Townsend Bridge
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
Suite 1900
111 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone:  (414) 978-5532
Fax:  (414) 223-5000

Please also contact Ms. Bridge with any address changes after submission. The winners will be notified by September, 2011.

Submitted by Ruth Robarts, Assistant Dean for Student & Academic Affairs on September 9, 2010

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