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AIPLA Bestows Awards During 2014 Annual Meeting

 

10/30/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2014 – Arlington, VA – The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) bestowed its highest awards on professionals in the IP industry during the 2014 Annual Meeting, October 23-25 in Washington, DC. The following awards were presented:
   
AIPLA Board of Director's Excellence Award. This is AIPLA's highest award, and is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions fostering intellectual property law.
 
Herbert C. Wamsley, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) , Washington, DC received the Board of Director's Excellence Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and service to the intellectual property community, and a distinguished career marked by intellect, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to the administration of justice.
 
President's Outstanding Achievement Award for Fostering AIPLA's Mission and Goals
 
Samson Helfgott, KattenMuchinRosenman LLP, New York, NY, received the President's Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of, and with gratitude for, his years of service to AIPLA, including Chair of the AIPLA Patent Harmonization Task Force, and particularly for his work on the Industry Trilateral Substantive Harmonization project, Global Dossier, and IP5 procedural harmonization.
  
Project Awards, recognition for extraordinary effort on a project for AIPLA
 
Kimberly Van Voorhis, Nike, Inc., Beaverton, OR, received a project award in recognition of her outstanding service to AIPLA, particularly her leadership in organizing the AIPLA Committee Expo that took place during the 2014 Mid-Winter Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
 
Georgeann S. Grunebach, Fox Group Legal, Los Angeles, CA, received a project award In recognition of her outstanding service to AIPLA, particularly her leadership in organizing the AIPLA Committee Expo that took place during the 2014 Mid-Winter Institute in Phoenix, AZ.   
 
 Mentor of the Year for Excellence in Serving as a Mentor
  
Mitchel Weinstein, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC., Chicago, IL was recognized as Mentor of the Year.
 
Maurice Klitzman Award
 
Morgan Jones, Shamrock Technologies, Inc., Newark, NJ received the Maurice Klitzman Award, recognizing a junior corporate attorney or patent agent.
 
Robert C. Watson Award
 
Jordan Joachim, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, won the Robert C. Watson Award, recognizing a student for a paper on an IP issue. Joachim won for his paper entitled, "Is the AIA the End of Grace?  Examining the Effect of the America Invents Act on the Patent Grace Period."
 
Past Presidents Award, the second place award in the Jan Jancin Competition. The Jan Jancin Competition recognizes law students, nominated by their schools, who have excelled in the study of intellectual property law.
 
Abigail A. Rives, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA received the Jan Jancin Award.   
 
Mao Wang, The George Washington University Law School, Falls Church, VA, received the Past Presidents Award.
   
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AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  
  

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