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Tulane Law Student Wins National Legal Writing Competition

September 17, 2004

A research paper written by a Tulane 3L was selected among thirty-three competing papers to win a national legal writing competition.  Randy Boyer will receive the Robert C. Watson award for excellence in writing in the field of intellectual property law. The national competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

His winning paper was entitled “Schering Corporation v. Geneva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:  Requiem for the Recognition Requirement in the Law of Inherent Anticipation” about the patent law doctrine of inherent anticipation.  It was the subject of a directed research project he conducted under the guidance of Tulane Law Professor Christopher Cotropia. 

“I chose the topic because I have a strong interest in patent law and hope to practice in this area upon graduation,” Randy says. “Since my background is in chemical engineering, I also wanted to research and write about something that was particularly relevant to the chemical arts.”

He will accept the award, plus a $2,000 check, at the Association’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. in October.


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