Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property Essay Competition, 2013; Submit by July 15; 45k Prize Money; Free Summer School at New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord USA in association with the School of Law, Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan, India is organising the Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property Law Essay Competition, 2013.

The objective of the Essay Competition is to encourage research in emerging areas in the field of intellectual property law, and accordingly, cutting edge areas have been selected for the competition.

Franklin Pierce Center for IP is a community of scholars dedicated to teaching the practice of law and empowering others to contribute productively to a global legal system. Students come to the United States, from around the world to engage in active, practice-based learning in a small cooperative interactive learning environment.

Franklin Pierce remains, by choice, one of the smallest independent law schools in the United States. It offer a close-knit and innovative learning experience and its Masters curriculum offers an intensive, practice-based learning approach, providing many opportunities for hands-on learning. Diversity is the foundation to effective, cooperative dialogue.

Franklin Pierce alumni live and work in 85 nations, many who are now global leaders in their countries.

The School of Law, Raffles University, India is an institution striving towards excellence in legal education. Raffles University was established in 2011 by an Act of the Rajasthan legislature. The serene and well laid out campus provides the best of countryside with necessary ambience for the advancement of learning, teaching, research and diffusion of knowledge in the field of law.

It caters to the needs of the society by developing professional skills of persons intending to make a career in advocacy, judicial service, law officer / managers and legislative drafting as their profession. The Law school attracts the best of talents from all over the country in terms of faculty and students


1.Participation is open to all students pursuing graduation in law in any University in the Indian subcontinent (i.e. in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan)

2.An essay can be authored by a maximum of two authors.

3.The essay should not be published / submitted elsewhere.


1.The antitrust and IP principles protect and encourage competition, innovation, and economic growth

2.Patent-Eligible Matter after Mayo v/s Prometheus Case in the U.S.

3.ITC-Tea Board “Darjeeling” Litigation: Geographical Indications v/s Trademarks.

4.Access to Information is a driver of Innovation.

5.Fair Use under Copyright Law and recent developments.


1.Prof. Shamnad Basheer

2.Dr. Manisha Shridhar

3.Prof. Stanley P. Kowalski

4.Prof. Jon R. Cavicchi


1.Maximum length of essay: 5,000 words

2.Font: Times New Roman, size 12 with 1.5 line spacing

3.Uniform style of citation must be employed (preferably in Harvard Bluebook style, 18thedition)

4.References must be cited by means of footnotes

5.The essay must mention the Author’s name and contact details

6.Submissions must be mailed to

7.Hardcopy submission is not required.

8.Last date of submission: July 15, 2013

9.Essays found plagiarised will not be considered for evaluation.


1.First Prize: Full tuition waiver for the Intellectual Property Summer Institute at Concord, New Hampshire and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 (INR)

2.Second Prize: Fifty percent tuition waiver for the Intellectual Property Summer Institute at Concord, New Hampshire & Cash Prize of Rs. 15,000 (INR)

3.Third Prize: Fifty percent tuition waiver for the Intellectual Property Summer Institute at Concord, New Hampshire & Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000 (INR)


Spicy IP India


Mr. Yuvraj Singh (+91-9784679198)


In case of any queries regarding the competition, please mail us at or call at any of the following contact numbers:

Sagar Luthra : +91- 9829720207

Ashima Sachdeva : +91-8107987104

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