Two VLS 2014 Alums Take Top Honors in IP Law Writing Competition

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Two recent graduates of Villanova University School of Law (VLS)—Leah Octavio ‘14 and Michael Haviland ’14—were announced as first and second place winners of the PA Bar IP Law Writing competition. Octavio placed first for her article, The Double-Edged Sword of Patent Protection:  How Courts Wielding the Subject Matter Exclusion Doctrine May Slash the Development of Personalized Medicine Technology. Haviland’s paper, Superman and Statutes:  The Case for Restructuring the U.S. Legal System and Awarding Copyrights to Authors Behind Works for Hire, earned him second place.

This marks the second consecutive year that a VLS student has been recognized in this competition. Daniel  McManus ’13 earned second place last year.

“It is a testament to our robust Legal Writing Program that our students continue to be recognized,” remarked Christine Mooney, Director of the Duane Morris LLP Legal Writing Program at Villanova .

The Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest was established in 2004 to provide an opportunity for second- and third-year law students to express in writing their insight and knowledge in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or trade dress. The competition is open to students from Pennsylvania’s eight law schools. Winners are selected by a panel of qualified judges based on content, quality and relevancy of their scholarship.