WRITING AWARD PROGRAM 2004-2005
$1,000 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW WRITING AWARD
The Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) is pleased to announce that it is currently seeking
submissions for the PIPLA 2004-2005 Writing Award. A cash prize in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the
best article submitted in accordance with the following guidelines. To be considered for the award, articles must
be submitted (as described below) no later than February 15, 2005.
To be eligible for the award, the author(s) of a submitted article must be currently attending an accredited law
school AND EITHER:
(a) The accredited law school must be within the federal judicial district of the District Court for the Western
District of Pennsylvania; OR
(b) The author(s) has/have/had a permanent residence within the federal judicial district of the District Court
for the Western District of Pennsylvania within the last ten years.
(a) Subject: The submitted article must be on a topic related to intellectual property.
(b) Length: At least ten pages, double-spaced, 8-1/2" by 11" paper, with a font size of 10-12 pts. and
1" margins. There is no maximum length, but a length of 25 pages or less is recommended.
(c) Media: Articles should be submitted electronically in any conventional
electronic format, unless permission for submission of the article in hard copy format is obtained from the contact
person identified in paragraph 6 (see below).
(a) The judging criteria include (a) pertinence of the submission to contemporary intellectual property issues;
(b) original and creative thought; and (c) scholarship.
(b) The winning article will be selected by the PIPLA Writing Award Committee or their appointees and approved
by the PIPLA Board of Managers. PIPLA reserves the right to decline selecting an article for the award, in the
event that no submitted article meets the judging criteria to the satisfaction of the PIPLA Board of Managers.
A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the author(s) of the winning article. The $1,000 award will be divided/distributed
equally among the authors, if the winning article has multiple authors.
5. Submission Content
Each submission must include the following information:
(a) An electronic copy of the article as described in the Specifications
(see above - paragraph 2); AND
(b) An electronic transmittal sheet containing the following information:
(1) Title of the article;
(2) Name of each author;
(3) Home address of each author;
(4) A telephone number or e-mail address for each author at which the author can be contacted through March 2005;
(5) Name of the law school attended by each author;
(6) The name and phone number/e-mail address of a faculty member of the law school attended by each author who
is to be used as a reference for the author;
(7) A statement which sets forth why each author believes he/she is eligible for the award according to the criteria
given above in paragraph 1;
(8) Any additional pertinent information which an author wishes to include; AND
(9) For each author, an authenticating mark (e.g., the author's typed name), that is designated as being the author's
6. Submission Address and Contact Person
Article submissions, as well as any questions regarding these guidelines, should be directed by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael D. Lazzara, Esq.
Chairperson, PIPLA Writing Award Committee
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP
Henry W. Oliver Building
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2312
(412) 355-8994 (voice)
7. Award Presentation
The author(s) of the winning submission will be notified by the first week of March 2005 regarding the outcome
of the judging of submissions. The author(s) of the winning submission will be invited to attend the March 16,
2005 PIPLA meeting in Pittsburgh to receive the award. If the author(s) is/are unable to attend, other arrangements
will be made to award the prize.
8. Publication Rights
By submitting an article to be considered for the PIPLA Writing Award, each author:
(a) Grants permission to PIPLA to publish the article on the Internet and/or to reproduce and distribute hard copies
of the article to its membership;
(b) Warrants to PIPLA that the author has obtained permission from any other party to whom publication rights or
distribution rights may have been granted for PIPLA to make publications/reproductions in accordance with section
(c) Agrees to indemnify PIPLA against any and all costs and liabilities that may arise from a charge of infringement
against PIPLA for publications/reproductions made in accordance with section 8(a).
9. Acknowledgment of Award
By submitting an article to be considered for the PIPLA Writing Award, each author agrees that, in the event that
the author's article is selected as the winning article, he/she will make a request to each publisher of any post-award
publication of the winning article to include a notice that the author is the recipient of the PIPLA Writing Award
ELECTRONIC TRANSMITTAL SHEET
(Note: for multiple authors, a separate sheet should be submitted for each author)
Title of the Article:
Name/address of author:
Phone number: E-mail:
Law School Attended:
Name and telephone number / e-mail address of faculty member of Law School Attended to be used
as a reference:
Statement which sets forth why the author believes he/she is eligible for the award according
to the criteria set forth in paragraph 1 (see above):
Any additional information that the author wishes to include:
An authenticating mark (e.g., the author's typed name) that is designated as the author's signature: