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There are many opportunities to win awards and recognition for intellectual property writing.

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Comment Competition

March 1, 2013

The Berkley Technology Law Journal accepts submissions of student writing in the area of law and technology, including intellectual property. The journal awards a first prize of $2,000 with publication in BTLJ, second prize of $750 and third prize of $500. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2013.

Ladas Memorial Award Competition

Papers due January 18, 2013

Through INTA.org

Sponsored by the law firm of Ladas, the Ladas Memorial Award Competition was established in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author, Stephen P. Ladas.

Student Category

Authors must be enrolled as either full or part-time law or graduate school students. For students outside the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.

Professional Category

Authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions regarding level of experience or years in practice apply.


Award winners will be announced in April 2013! Each winner receives US $2,000 and Stephen P. Ladas' three-volume treatise, Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights.

Please fill out the application, submit your paper(s) and see the official rules. Application deadline is January 18, 2013. Email ladasaward@inta.org with questions.

CIPLA Logo Design Contest


Not technically a writing contest, but CIPLA is looking for a new logo, and you could be the one to design it! CIPLA is looking for any designs that include the organization's full name OR just CIPLA and have an appearance suggestive of intellectual property. Other than that, the design is completely up to you.

While individuals with experience in multimedia and design may be the most well-equipped to excel, no prior experience is necessary to enter the contest. The winner will receive CIPLA apparel featuring your logo design and will be honored on our website. Please send all entries and questions to brianw@email.unc.edu.

IP Writing (PIP) Competition

October 1, 2012

The Ministry of Human Resource Development IP Chair at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), India, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society (IPTLS) and Spicy IP (one of India’s leading blogs on IP laws) are hosting the First Pondering Intellectual Property (PIP) Competition, 2012.

This is an exclusive legal writing competition on intellectual property open to all students currently pursuing a law degree anywhere in the world. The best three entries will receive total prize money of $850.

Topic: Should the process of creating an invention or work determine its protectability as an intellectual property?

Word Limit: 5,000 words including footnotes and references.

The deadline for the competition has been extended till October 1st, 2012 and we accept co-authored entries. The entries will be judged by a five-member panel comprising:

Professor David Vaver, Professor of IP Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center, University of Oxford

Professor Lionel Bently, Director of the Centre for IP Law, University of Cambridge

Shamnad Basheer, MHRD Chair Professor in IP Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences

For any information/clarification regarding the competition, feel free to drop us an email at iptls@nujs.edu.

American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Writing Award

June 30, 2012

The AIPLA awards the Robert C. Watson Writing Award to a law student who writes about a recent development in Intellectual Property Law.

Deadline is June 30, 2012. The winner will receive the award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

American Intellectual Property Law Association Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition

March 16, 2012

American Intellectual Property Law Association's Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition involves various law school teams competing on a regional basis followed by a national competition among the top two teams from each region on topics relating to intellectual property

NYIPLA William C. Conner Intellectual Property

March 9, 2012

The NYIPLA offers a first prize of $1,000 and second prize of $500 for the best student submission on the topic of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, or antitrust.

Virginia State Bar IP Law Section Student Writing Competition

May 25, 2012

The Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar has a total membership of over 1,400, including both lawyers and members of the judiciary. 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.


$4,000 cash and publication on the Section's website.


The Competition is open to all students enrolled and in good standing during the 2011-12 academic year (including December 2010 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. The deadline for submission is May 2, 2012.

View the complete rules.

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