2018 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ESSAY COMPETITION

Deadline for Submissions: 30 September 2018

 

The Education and Training Committee of the Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA) invites all Law Students, Articled Clerks, Trainee Lawyers and Newly Qualified Lawyers residing in the Caribbean to take part in an essay writing competition focused on Intellectual Property. In order to compete for the chance to win, please write an essay on EITHER of the following topics:

How would you improve Intellectual Property law in the Caribbean?

-OR-

How would you improve Intellectual Property law in any particular Caribbean country?

                               To ensure that you qualify and find out how to enter, please read the Essay Competition Rules below:             


RULES              

  1. Submissions must be presented in Microsoft Word format and be no more than 5,000 words in length including all headers, references, footnotes and annexes. 
     
  2. Only one submission may be made per person.
     
  3. Submissions must be in English or accompanied by an English translation.
     
  4. The copyright in all submissions shall vest in IPCA and each applicant will need to provide a signed assignment of copyright which can be found here together with their submission.
     
  5. Submissions should be in the form of an essay on EITHER one of the following topics

     a)      How would you improve Intellectual Property law in the Caribbean?
     b)      How would you improve Intellectual Property law in any particular Caribbean country?
     
  6. Entries are only valid if written by a Law Student, an Articled Clerk, Trainee Lawyer or Newly Qualified Lawyer residing in the    Caribbean, in accordance with the following definitions: 

    a)      Law Students: Any Caribbean resident pursuing a law degree (full or part-time) within the Caribbean, or elsewhere, with the             intention of practicing as a qualified lawyer, attorney-at-law, barrister or solicitor (as defined in the country in which they         
             reside) within the Caribbean as at the deadline date of 30 September 2018. 

    b)      Articled Clerks/Trainee Lawyers: Any Caribbean resident who is training to become a qualified lawyer, attorney-at-law,                     barrister or solicitor (as defined in the country in which they reside) within the Caribbean via on-the-job training under               
             contract with a law firm, barristers’ chambers, legal department, corporate office or other organization where they may       
             obtain professional legal guidance and training as at the deadline date of 30 September 2018.

    c)      Newly Qualified Lawyers: A Caribbean resident, who is a qualified lawyer, attorney-at-law, barrister or solicitor (as defined in
             the country in which they reside) within the Caribbean and engaged in their first two years of professional practice in the
             Caribbean as at the deadline date of 30 September 2018                                                                                                                                  
    d)      Caribbean: Includes any country that borders the Caribbean Sea or country that is a member or associate member of   
             CARICOM.
  7. The essay must be an original work that has not been previously published elsewhere.
     
  8. To qualify, essays must be received by no later than 5 p.m. EST on 30 September 2018.
     
  9. Submissions should be sent to sdavies@hsmoffice.com and include “IPCA essay competition” in the subject line. Submissions should include the name and address of the candidate. Submissions should also indicate whether the entrant is a Law Student, an Articled Clerk, Trainee Lawyer or Newly Qualified Lawyer in accordance with Rule 6. Relevant supporting evidence should be provided to support that an entrant is a Law Student, an Articled Clerk, Trainee Lawyer or Newly Qualified Lawyer resident in the Caribbean.
     
  10. The Judges will be: Sophie Davies (Attorney, HSM IP), Elleson Fraenk (Schurman Advocaten), Jean-Frédéric Salès (Cabinet                Salès). The decision of the Judges shall be final.
     
  11. The winner and runner-up be notified by email on or before 30 December 2018.
     
  12. The winner shall win a cash prize of US$2,000.  The runner up will win a cash prize of US$1,000. The essays of both the                    winner and the runner-up will be published on the IPCA website at www.ipca.website.