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BPLA Writing Competition

Sponsored by the

Boston Patent Law Association

1st Prize:  $1000

2nd Prize:  $500


BPLA is once again holding its annual Writing Competition. Law school students are encouraged to submit papers relating to intellectual property law. Judges will consider the merits of each paper based on: (i) contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property law; and (ii) the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously published or available. The requirements for eligibility are outlined below.


Contest Rules:

1. Articles must be written solely by a student or students either in full-time or part-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) within the jurisdiction of the First Federal Judiciary Circuit, or prepared in connection with a course at a law school in the First Circuit.

2. Articles must be written or published between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

3. Articles must be submitted to the Boston Patent Law Association on or before September 30, 2020.

4. Papers should be no more than the equivalent of ten (10) law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy).

5. Submission of five (5) copies or a .pdf file is required. Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, law school, and employment information (if applicable).


Please send articles to:

Emily Whelan, WilmerHale
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Past Winners


Place and Year

Laura A. Wzorek, Ph.D, Foley Hoag LLP
Hazards in Obviousness-Type Double Patenting


First Place, 2019

Ellen Shamansky, Boston College Law School
The Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program and Chimeric Antigen Receptor-T Cell Treatments


Tied First Place, 2018



Rebecca L. Simmons, Ph.D, Boston University School of Law

Navigating Paris Convention Article 4(C)(4): The International Right of Priority in the United States and Abroad


Tied First Place, 2018



 Ying Chen, Boston University School of Law

Notice Function of Biologic Drug Patents - A Comparison of Small Molecule and Biologic Drug Patents’ Notice Function


First Place, 2017



 Maya Fe Holzhauer, Northeastern School of Law

Copyright and Social Media: What Does it Meme?


Tied Second Place, 2017



 Liza Hadley, Boston University School of Law

The Patent Uncertainty Problem: Can the Judiciary Effectively Curb the Cost

of Indefinite Claims?


Tied Second Place, 2017

 Ashley Tarokh Brzezinski
 Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) and the Protection of Digital Embodiments of Artworks


First Place, 2016



Amelia G. Pennington, New England School of Law

Implied In Ink?: How Tattoo Artists Can Claim And Protect Their Copyrights Against An Implied License Defense


Second Place, 2016

Daniel Taylor, University of Maine School of Law

Alice And The Case Of The Terrible Twos



First Place, 2015

John Carl Zwisler,Northeastern University School of Law

(Mis)appropriation Art: Transformation and Attribution in the Fair Use Doctrine



Second Place, 2015

Joseph Lingenfelter, Boston University School of Law

Putting The “Public” Back In “Public Use”: Interpreting The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act



First Place, 2014

Xue (Emma) Chen, Suffolk University Law School

How Should We Look At Trade Secrets Misappropriation From China's Economic Growth?



Second Place, 2014

Rajarshi Banerjee, Harvard University School of Law

The Success of, and Response to, India’s Law against Patent Layering



First Place, 2013

Booyong Lim, Suffolk University

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s Recent Expanded View of Liability for Induced Infringement under Section 271(b)



Second Place (tie), 2013

Elliott Williams, Harvard University School of Law

Equitable Discretion and the Patent Owner’s Delay



Second Place (tie), 2013

Kip L. Bodi, Suffolk University Law School

Processes as Patentable Subject Matter after Bilski: Recent Federal Circuit Case Law



First Place, 2012

Alex P. Garens, Boston University School of Law

Will Copyrights Expire in 2019?  Revisiting the Copyright Clause: "Limited Times" and Copyright Term Extensions in the Wake of Golan?

Originally published in the  Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law, Volume 13, Number 1, 2012.



Second Place, 2012

Daniel J. Klein, Northeastern University School of Law


First Place, 2011

Briana Erickson, Suffolk University Law School
Abstract Idea or Tangible Application?  Assn. for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO and the Future of Intellectual Property Protection for Diagnostic Methods



Second Place, 2011

Marcie Clark, Suffolk University Law School

The "Separate" Written Description Requirement and its Impact on Biotechnology Patent Law



First Place, 2010

Daniel Rose, Suffolk University Law School
Statutory Damages in Copyright Law:  When is Willful Infringement not Willful?



Second Place, 2010

Julie Gottselig, Ph.D., New England Law Boston
What is "Obvious to Try"?  The History, Meaning and Application of the Obvious-To-Try Test as a Means for Proving Obviousness of Patent Claims



First Place, 2009

Peter Ludwig, Franklin Pierce Law Center
How (Not) To Discourage the Unscrupulous Copyist



Second Place, 2009

Melissa Sikorski, Suffolk University Law School
Willy Wonka's Everlasting Gobstopper as a Never-ending Trade Secret:  The Importance of Cultivating an Effective Trade Secret Protection Program By Meeting a Client's Specific Needs



First Place, 2008

Lev Rosenblum, Boston University Law School
The Name of the Game is the Claim - Please Roll the Dice


 Second Place, 2008

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