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Cooley Law School Students Win Honors In Intellectual Property Legal Writing Competition

Friday, October 18, 2013

Law students from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and the University of Michigan Law School recently were named winners in the 2013 Michigan Innovation and Intellectual Property Legal Writing Competition, sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law.

Kyle Quigley, a graduating senior at Cooley Law School, was awarded first prize for his paper, "The Experimental Use Exception To Patent Infringement Should Be Expanded: The Proposal Of A Modified Exception Comprising A Bright-Line Rule Permitting Experimental Use Upon Delivery Of Express Notice Of Intent."

Tasha Francis, a 2013 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, won second prize for her paper, "Continued Employment as Sufficient Consideration for Pre-Invention Assignment Agreements."

Jordan Zuppke, also a graduating senior at Cooley Law School, received third place for his paper, "Sole Purpose." Quigley and Zuppke both are students in Cooley's Joint J.D./LL.M. Program in IP Law.

Professor David C. Berry, Director of Cooley's Graduate IP Program and a council member of the State Bar IP section, stated that, "We received a record number of entries in this year's writing competition, demonstrating the expanding interest in intellectual property law at law schools across the state. These three students submitted outstanding scholarship addressing important issues in the field. We congratulate them on their achievement."

The competition, which rewards excellence in original legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property and innovation law, was open to students at any law school in Michigan. Winners received a cash prize, complementary attendance at an upcoming IP Section event, and publication in the IP Section's publication, IPLS Proceedings.

About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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