For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

August 22, 2008

Law School Professor Secures Academic Award from Intellectual Property Organization

UW School of Law Associate Professor of Law Sean O'Connor won the $10,000 International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Academic Award for a paper he wrote for UW Law Professor Toshiko Takenakas comparative patent law book, "Patent Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Research". O'Connor will travel to Boston in September to accept the award at a gala dinner during the 2008 AIPPI Congress. His papers title is "Enabling Research or Unfair Competition? De Jure and De Facto Research Use Exceptions in Major Technology Countries". AIPPI is the World's leading non-government organization for research into, and formulation of policy for, the law relating to the protection of intellectual property.

O'Connor has also recently secured a promotion, joining Professor Bob Gomulkiewicz as a Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law & Policy Graduate Program.

"Adding Sean to our IP Program leadership team will allow us to capitalize on those opportunities while at the same time maintaining the high quality of our present program," said Interim Dean Greg Hicks. In his role as Associate Director, Sean has contributed to the success of the IP Program, including the founding of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and initiating numerous collaborations across campus and in the community.