WMU-Cooley Law School Wins Bronze in Second Annual Midwest Region International Patent Drafting Competition


Pictured (left-right) WMU-Cooley Professor Gerald Tschura, WMU-Cooley students and third place recipients of the Midwest Region International Patent Drafting Competition Joyce Hill and Chris DeLucenay, and Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director Dr. Christal Sheppard.

WMU-Cooley Law School students Chris DeLucenay and Joyce Hill received third place honors during the recent Midwest Region International Patent Drafting Competition. The two-day competition, hosted through the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic in Detroit, Michigan provides students with the chance to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the field of Intellectual Property.

The competition began in November 2016. Applicants were given approximately two months to research and draft a patent application pertaining to a hypothetical invention. The field came down to nine teams who presented their patent applications along with their search and drafting strategies, on Feb. 11-12, before a panel of judges including patent examiners, patent office judges and experienced practitioners. The presentation portion of the competition was held at the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit.

WMU-Cooley Law School was preceded by St. Louis University, which took first place and York University, which took second.

“We could not be more proud of Chris DeLucenay and Joyce Hill for their outstanding performance in this competition,” said Gerald Tschura, WMU-Cooley Law School professor. “This was their second time participating in the event, and we’re thrilled to see that their hard work advanced them to the finals once again.”

WMU-Cooley Law School remains the only Michigan school to advance into finals. Other Michigan schools that participated included University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy and Michigan State University.  The bronze trophy will join a silver trophy won by WMU-Cooley Law School in last year’s event.

About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.



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