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

International Patent Drafting Competition

The International Intellectual Property Law Clinic is excited to invite you to participate in the inaugural International Patent Drafting Competition. Date of competition is February 26 & 27. Hypothetical problem will be released in early November 2015. Prizes will be given for top presentations. For more information see the flyer (PDF), or contact Wissam Aoun, Clinic Director, at aounwi@udmercy.edu.


For rules and details on submission requirements see the 2015 document (PDF).

2015 George Hutchinson Writing Competition

The Federal Circuit Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2015 George Hutchinson Writing Competition, named in honor of the first Chief Clerk of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The FCBA is comprised of more than 2,500 members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was established in 1982 by Congress as the first Article III appellate court to have exclusive jurisdiction over certain defined subject areas. Specifically, the Court's jurisdiction includes appeals from all patent litigation (nationwide), Patent and Trademark Office decisions, government contract claims, the International Trade Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board Appeals, and Veterans Appeals.

Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Court. Rules and further information (PDF).

The competition is open to all law students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools. Students are encouraged to base their entries on papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the school year. Three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to be the best entry which merits the award. Second and third place cash prizes may also be awarded at the judge's discretion. In addition, the winner will receive significant favorable publicity among all members of the FCBA.

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition

The New York Intellectual Property Law Association hosts an annual writing competition open to students enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program. The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust. Entries must be submitted electronically. Check the website in 2016 for updates and details.


For rules and details on submission requirements see the 2015 document.

National Law Review Writing Competition

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law student the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Website. No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month. Each month, different legal topics are offered as the subject of your paper.

Check back in January 2016 for further details and topics.


To enter, an applicant and any co-authors must be enrolled in an accredited law school within the fifty United States. Entries must include all biographical and school information requested on the website.

Ladas Memorial Award

The Ladas Memorial Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, distinguished practitioner and author. Funded by Ladas , this yearly award is presented in Student and Professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. The winning papers are published in The Trademark Reporter, INTA's legal journal. For the Student Category, the top two papers in this category will be selected as award recipients and the winners will each receive:

  • Cash award of $2,500
  • Complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting

Email ladasaward@inta.org with questions and check thewebsite for details and application deadlines. Papers due January 8, 2016.



  • Subject of paper must be trademark law or matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks
  • Eligible papers may include both original unpublished manuscripts and published articles that are submitted to INTA by the submission deadline
  • Published articles must have been first published no longer than one year prior to the competition deadline
  • Paper must be a product of the author's original thought and scholarship
  • Paper may be co-authored
  • More than one paper may be submitted for consideration
  • Paper must be limited to 25 pages

Georgia State University Annual IP Writing Competition

Georgia State University annually hosts an IP writing competition which accepts papers addressing legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field. First, second, and third place prizes are awarded. The winner will have the option to publish her or his article in the Georgia State University Law Review (subject to discretion of editors) and may present the article at the Corporate IP Institute (CIPI) meeting, an annual two-day event where about 200 IP professionals gather to discuss current issues, stories and strategies of corporations.

Check website for further details in 2016.


Individuals must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Papers may not have more than one author (no co-authorship). Papers must represent previously unpublished original works. Papers should be 30-50 double-spaced pages with footnotes. Each entry must include the name of the individual entrant's law school, class/program in law school, and contact information.

For additional information and questions email iplaw@gsu.edu.

Robert C. Watson Award

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) has sponsored this student competition for many years to encourage interest in intellectual property issues. Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property. Judges consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by an author. The award is presented each October during the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Check website for further details and updates.


  • Written solely by a full-time law student(s)
  • Approximately 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 typed pages)
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