Daniel Dowling of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego took the top honor in Georgia State University College of Law's second annual Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition from a field of more than 30 entries.
Dowling will receive $3,000 for his "Covenant with Quality" paper and will present his winning article at the annual Corporate IP Institute, which this year will be held on Nov. 4-5. The institute is collaboration between Georgia State Law and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. The upcoming two-day networking event attracts in-house IP professionals for panel discussions of current issues and trends.
Second prize went to University of Miami Law School student John Eagen, who won $2,000 for his piece on "The Bacardi Bill." Joe Grdinovac from the University of Houston Law Center, won third place and $1,000 for his "The Impact of Community Property Laws on the Ownership and Transfer of Patents."
Interest in the competition, now in its second year, has taken off, says Michael Landau, professor of law at Georgia State Law.
"This competition is popular because there are so few IP Writing contests for students while in school," Landau says. "Students are very enthusiastic about the contest. It's open to students from all law schools."
Co-organizer Yaniv Heled, assistant professor of law, says, "The fact we received so many submissions from students from 25 different law schools is testament to the traction that this competition has received since its establishment two years ago."