Kick-Off Meeting

Hello All! Welcome to a new school year!

IPLS is having its first meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 5pm in Room 120. We will be talking about some of the great events we have planned for this semester as well as opportunities you can take to be more involved in IP law. After the meeting, please feel free to join us for an informal happy hour.

We hope to see you there!

In the meantime, you can also check for updates by joining the facebook page at:

IPLS Board 2016-17

IPLS welcomes its new board of officers for the school year of 2016-17!

President: Meredith Stradley

Vice Presidents of Events: Jay Kim

Vice Presidents of Administration & Advertising: Rachel Kim & Gleb Savych

Vice-Presidents of 1L Outreach: Matt Karas 


Akin Gump Patent Law Talk

Akin Gump, an international general practice law firm, will host a presentation called “The Life Cycle of a Patent” on Tuesday, April 5th from 5:00-6:00 pm in room 120. Patent lawyers from Akin Gump will discuss the “birth” (i.e., prosecution) and “death” (i.e., litigation) of a patent, and how they are related. All are welcome. Please RSVP on Symplicity since food will be provided!

The Role of the Federal Circuit in Shaping IP Law

IPLS’s biggest event of the semester will feature Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman, Federal Circuit Judge Kara Stoll, and IP Professor John Duffy, with Professor Mossoff moderating. The panel will be held on Tuesday, March 15th in Room 225. Dean Butler will begin by saying a few short words at 5:00pm and the panel will run until 6:00pm. Attendees are invited beginning at 4:45pm for refreshments.

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition

Congratulations to IPLS members Jake Mace, Jay York, Rachel Kim, and Alex Summerton for winning 1st Place and Best Brief at the 2016 Southeast Regional Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition in Atlanta over the weekend. Last year Jake and his teammate Jackie Nguyen won 1stPlace and Best Oral Argument at the same competition, making this the second year in a row that GMU has stolen the spotlight in the Southeast region.

We wish them luck in the final round on March 12th at the Federal Circuit where they will be arguing in front active and retired Trademark Trial and Appeal Board judges.

Landing a Job in Patent Law During Law School & Beyond

IPLS and Sterne Kessler will be hosting a panel to talk about the annual Patent Law Interview Program in Room 121 on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:00pm. The panel includes Sharon Metz, the Senior Legal Recruiting Coordinator at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, and GMUSL upper class IP students. Food will be provided by Sterne Kessler. Come to learn more about the ins and outs of landing patent jobs!

Finnegan Interview Skills Panel

IPLS’s first event of the semester is the Finnegan Interview Skills Panel which will take place on Tuesday January 12, from 5pm-6pm in Room 121.

Come to learn about best practices and tips on interviewing, specifically for Intellectual Property related jobs. Finnegan, Henderson, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, a large IP boutique with offices in D.C. and Northern Virginia, is organizing the panel and will provide food. All are welcome!

IPLS Alumni Reception: Recap

The Intellectual Property held its Annual Alumni Reception on November 13 at the D.C. office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

The reception started off to conversation, networking, food, and drinks which led into the reception’s highlight of the presentation of the IPLS Distinguished Alumni Award.

IPLS President, David Zuckerman, started off by introducing IPLS and the Alumni Award, eventually naming Mason Law Alumnus, Nate Kelley (’99) as the recipient of this year’s award. Judge Kelley is currently a Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Although he was not able to attend the reception, he relayed his appreciation and gratitude for the award as well as his warm wishes for current students.

IPLS would like to thank GMU Law’s Career, Academic, and Alumni Services and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP for helping in organizing and hosting the reception and making the event a great success! IPLS would also like to thank the many students and alumni for coming out to the reception!

Copyright Panel

IPLS is hosting a Copyright Panel on

Monday, October 19

5:00-6:00 pm in Room 120. 

Our panelists include:

Nicolas Bernasconi (Mason alum)- Counsel at Discovery Communications

Rachel Fertig (Mason alum)- Ringer Honors Fellow at the U.S. Copyright Office

Natalie Madaj- Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association

Sandra Aistars- Director of Copyright Research & Policy and Senior Scholar at the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property

John Riley- Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office


All are welcome to sit in on a great opportunity to hear real life experiences of our panelists in the field in copyright law! Pizza will be provided.

Preparing for the Patent Bar

Preparing for the Patent Bar
Monday, October 5
5:00 pm in Room 120
The Intellectual Property Law Society welcomes John White, Academic Director of the Practising Law Institute (PLI)’s Patent Office Exam Course for a presentation on preparing for the Patent Bar.
Topics for discussion include:
  • The latest information on the Patent Bar
  • Who can take it
  • When you should take it
  • How it works, now that it’s on the computer and “on demand”
  • How the America Invents Act is impacting the Exam
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this difficult Exam
Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed.