AUWCL intellectual property alumni meet with students at career coaching event

American University Washington College of Law IP Alumni Meet Students at Career Coaching Event

Feb. 5, 2019

On January 25, over 25 coaches and 60 students participated in the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property's (PIJIP) 2019 IP & Technology Career Counseling & Speed Networking event. Practicing alumni were matched with students for one-on-one networking to give career advice, review resumes, and discuss internship opportunities. Alumni serving as coaches represented a wide range of interest areas including patent, trademark, copyright, entertainment, sports, and technology. Coaches included Jerry Battist, founder of the AUWCL IP Law Society; James Toupin, former General Counsel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; as well as partners and associates of leading law firms. With over 80 people in attendance, this year's event had the highest turnout among both students and employers.

Upcoming SCOTUS Series and Summer Sessions

PIJIP regularly invites counsel of record and counsel for selected amici to offer post-argument reflections in intellectual property and related cases heard by the Supreme Court. These events are held on the afternoon of oral arguments before the Court. Upcoming SCOTUS Series events include:

Feb 19: SCOTUS Series: Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service
Issue: Whether the government is a “person” who may petition to institute review proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Feb 20: SCOTUS Series: Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC
Issue: Mission Product could settle a circuit split over the fate of trademark licenses in bankruptcy. The question in the case is whether the rejection of a license in bankruptcy terminates a licensee’s right to use licensed trademarks or simply constitutes a breach, which may not preclude the licensee’s continued trademark exploitation.

In addition to timely IP and technology events, each summer, AUWCL’s renowned intellectual property program offers a broad selection of short evening and weekend courses. This year’s PIJIP Summer Sessions runs from May 28 – June 16. Topics include patent litigation, copyright fair use, design law, blockchain, multilateral law-making and dispute resolution at the WTO and WIPO, and much more. Courses are available for academic credit to students from any law school, and for Continuing Legal Education credit for practitioners.