From orientation to graduation, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law provides students with a solid foundation in legal writing, analysis and research. With five semesters of writing instruction, graduates like Jessica Watkins ’16 are prepared to meet the intense demands of the legal industry and often recognized for their hard work by the external legal community.
The Journal of Patent & Trademark Office Society (JPTOS) recently selected Watkins’ paper, "Garcia v. Google, Inc. and the Limited Rights of Motion Picture Actors Under American Copyright Law,” as the best paper submitted to the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Writing Competition. JPTOS—the oldest continuously published IP journal in the country—provides a forum dedicated to the discussion of legal and technical subjects related to patent, trademark and copyright laws.
“Winning this contest at the very end of my 3L year marks the end of an academic career and the beginning of a new chapter, where I will apply my knowledge of intellectual property to real-world issues once I join the workforce,” said Watkins. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to write about something I am truly interested in, and to have my enthusiasm for the subject recognized by professionals in my field.”
Watkins’ winning article will appear in the July issue of the journal, which boasts a broad and diverse readership that includes practicing attorneys, judges and law professors and has had many of its articles cited in the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court. By instituting a writing competition, JPTOS seeks to encourage innovative student scholarship on current topics in intellectual property law, increase student involvement and build stronger ties with Mid-Atlantic law schools.
“I was drawn to IP law because of its significance in everyday life,” said Watkins. “Particularly in today's world of ever-changing technology, the ownership issues inherent in IP are becoming even more important and scrutinized. Working in this field is perpetually exciting because it is linked to scientific and technological issues that are rapidly evolving and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”