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Previous Honorees

Previous recipients of AIPLA Honors and Awards


2017-2018
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 19, 2017 - Senator Patrick Leahy
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 20, 2017 - Senator Orrin Hatch
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 19, 2017 - Esther Kepplinger
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented October 19, 2017 - Nora Xu, Emory University for her paper: “TRIPS-PLUS Implications for Access to Generic Medicines”
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 19, 2017 - Matthew Prater, Sabic
  • Jan Jancin Award, presented October 19, 2017 - Alvin Carter, Northeastern University School of Law
  • AIPLA Past President's Award, presented October 19, 2017 - Jason Heidemann, George Washington University
  • Committee of the Year Award, presented October 19, 2017 - Copyright Law Committee​​

2016-2017
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 28, 2016 - Honorable Alan D. Lourie
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 27, 2016 - Kenneth N. Nigon
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented October 27, 2016 - Mary Catherine AmerineWilliam and Mary Law School, for her paper: “Wrestling Over Republican Rights: Who Owns the Copyright of Interviews?"
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 27,2016 - Garrett Quilla, Hypertherm, Inc.
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 27,2016 - William L. LaFuze, McKool Smith
  • Jan Jancin Award - Azadeh Morrison, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • AIPLA Past President's Award - Madeleine Laupheimer, Stanford Law School
  • Committee of the Year Award: Standards and Open Source Committee
  • 68th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair - TBD​

2015-2016
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 23, 2015 - Honorable Richard Linn
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 22, 2015 - Barbara Fiacco
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 22, 2015 - Hathaway Pease Russell
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 22, 2015 - Carol Thorstad-Forsyth
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 22, 2015 - Yelena Morozova
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented October 23, 2015 - Jordan Klimek, Harvard Law School, for his paper: “Patents as Regulations:  How the America Invents Act and the Seminole Rock Doctrine Could Change Claim Construction after Teva v. Sandoz."
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 22,2015 - Olivia Scheuer
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 23,2015 - Troy Grabow
  • Jan Jancin Award - Sarah Mizra, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • AIPLA Past President's Award - Charles Mitchell, The George Washington University School of Law
  • Committee of the Year Award: Trade Secret Law Committee
  • 67th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair - TBD

2014-2015
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 24, 2014 - Herbert C. Wamsley
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 23, 2014 - Samson Helfgott
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 23, 2014 - Kimberly Van Voorhis
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 23, 2014 - Georgann Grunebach
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented October 24, 2014 - Jordan Joachim, New York University School of Law for his paper: “Is the AIA the End of Grace? Examining the Effect of the America Invents Act on the Patent Grace Period"
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 23,2014 - Morgan Jones
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 24,2014 - Mitchell Weinstein
  • Jan Jancin Award - Abigail A. Rives, Emory University School of Law
  • AIPLA Past President's Award - Mao Wang, the George Washington University School of Law
  • Committee of the Year Award: ​Committee on Legislation ​and New Lawyers Committee
  • 66th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair - Sophia Nicole Korner, Diya Mathur, Arsh Shah Dibagi, Eusebio Almeida, Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Puneeth Meruva.

2013-2014
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 25, 2013 - David J. Kappos
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 24, 2013 - Alan J. Kasper
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 24, 2013 - David W. Hill
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 24, 2013 - Salvatore Anastasi
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 24, 2013 - Karen S. Canady
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 24, 2013 - Alan J. Kasper
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 24, 2013 - Rick D. Nydegger
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 24, 2013 - Michael B. Stewart
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented October 25, 2013 - Kevin Kantharia, University of San Diego School of Law for his paper "The Shrinking and Unpredictable Law of Willful Patent Infringement: Why the Federal Circuit Should Revisit En Banc the Issues in Bard Peripheral Vascular."
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 25,2013 - Jessica Ergmann
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 25,2013 - Amie Peele Carter
  • Committee of the Year Award: Biotechnology Committee
  • 65th Intel International Science and Engineering FairLeighton Braunstein, Timothy James Fossum Reiner, Petra Luna Grutzik, Ashley Maye Hamlin, Michelle Maria Marquez, Colin Norick, and Chloe Sherry.


2012-2013
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 26, 2012 - Honorable Pauline Newman
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 26, 2012 - Margaret A. Boulware
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 25, 2012 - Gregory D. Allen
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 25, 2012 - Herbert D. Hart
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 25, 2012 - Alan J. Kasper
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 25, 2012 - Michael K. Kirk
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 25, 2012 - Kenneth N. Nigon
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented February 1, 2013 - Samantak Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley School of Law for his paper "Punishing Prometheus: Taking the fire out of the
    Personalized Medicine Industry"
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 25,2012 - Jason Sosa
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 25,2012 - Tracy Corneau
  • 64th Intel International Science and Engine​ering Fair, May 12- 17, 2013 - Andy Tran, DanielleTheresa Mallabone,​ Erika Nicole Mueller​, and Tsimafei Malakhouski.

Click here to read the notice about the 2012 award winners

2011-2012

  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 21, 2011 - Donald R. Dunner
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 21, 2011 - John B. Pegram
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 20, 2011 - Ehab Samuel
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 20, 2011 - Patrick Coyne
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 20, 2011 - Michelle Herman
  • Robert C. Watson Award, presented October 20, 2011 - James Freedman, Stanford Law School
  • Maurice Klitzman Award, presented October 20,2011 - Sean Ricks
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 20,2011 - J. Michael Martinez de Andino
  • 63nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 13-18 in Pittsburg, PA - Jack Andraka, Allison Rose Martin, Toluwani Temilouwa Soares, Shyamsunder Raghavan, Daniel David White and William Randall Shipley.

2010-2011
  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 22, 2010 - The Honorable Paul R. Michel
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 22, 2010 - Sharon Israel
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 21, 2010 - Mark Guetlich
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 21, 2010 - Evelyn McConathy
  • Mentor of the Year Award, presented October 21,2010 - Georgann Grunebach
  • 38th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, April 13-15 in Washington DC- Joseph Vardner and Abbey Lauer
  • 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 8-13 in Los Angeles, CA - Arnab Dey and Michael Janner

 2009-2010

  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented October 24, 2009 - Tom Arnold (posthumously)
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, October 24, 2009 - Michael J. Pantuliano
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 23, 2009 - Bradley A. Forrest
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 23, 2009 - Manny Schecter
  • Mentor of the Year Award (inaugural award), presented October 23, 2009 - J. Alison Strickland
  • 37th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, April 2010- Joshua H. Lee and Stephen Adams from the University of Tennessee

 2008-2009

 2007-2008

  • AIPLA Excellence Award, presented posthumously October 19, 2007 - The Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich  (posthumously) 
  • AIPLA President's Outstanding Service Award, presented October 18, 2007 -  The Honorable Pauline Newman
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 19, 2007 - Isis Caulder, Noel A. Courage & Leon Radomsky
  • AIPLA Project Award, presented October 19, 2007 - Jonathan W. Richards
  • 35th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, April 2008 
  • 59th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 2008

 2006 - 2007

 2005 - 2006

 2004 - 2005

 2003 - 2004

 2002 - 2003

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