Outstanding Students Presented at Mid-South Intellectual Property Institute

OXFORD, Miss.–The first Intellectual Property Student Scholarship Symposium was held at the University of Mississippi School of Law on February 19th. The Symposium was sponsored by the Mid-south Intellectual Property Institute, which is a collaborative effort of the Law School and FNC, Inc.  Students and professionals came together to discuss and share knowledge on the latest developments in intellectual property.

The forum discussed a wide array of topics from collegiate licensing and trademark enforcement, to product design and more.  The scholarship included:

  • “Trade Dress:  An Unsuitable Fit for Product Design in the Fashion Industry” by Shayna Giles
  • “Why Can’t my Waiter Sing Happy Birthday to Me:  The Chilling Effect of Corporate Copyright Control” by Rachel Smith
  • “Alice’s Wonderland:  Patentable Subject Matter in the Wake of The Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. Decision” by Lindsey Sullivan
  • “Issues in Collegiate Licensing and Trademark Enforcement” by Katie Diem

Students who wrote papers on these topics made individual presentations that were followed by discussions on their topic with other students and lawyers.

“This symposium gave me the chance to discuss some concrete examples of how copyright protection allows corporations to restrict our free speech, rather than encouraging creative expression,” said Rachel Smith, current law student.  “Many of the audience members provided me with interesting questions and concerns with policies I addressed and proposed.”

“Overall, this experience was beneficial right now for my academic legal growth, but potentially in the long run as well considering it introduced me to people I may work with in the IP field one day.”

With help from the moderators Stacey Lantagne, assistant professor, and Will Wilkins, director of the Mississippi Law Research Institute, the students were able to receive positive academic critique and gain valuable experience throughout the process.

By: Meghan Burnett