Student Team Wins Regional Patent Application Drafting Competition, Advances to Nationals

March 7, 2021

A team of four Minnesota Law students emerged as Midwest Region champions in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) National Patent Application Drafting Competition.

The team defeated Notre Dame Law School in the final round to take the championship. As a result of the win, the Minnesota Law team advances to the National Finals, which will be held at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. on April 9.

The Minnesota Law team consisted of two Master of Science in Patent Law degree-seeking students (Jordan Marsh and Timothy Brennhofer) and two J.D-degree seeking students (Carlton Hemphill, 2L, and Jack Graves 2L). The team worked together to draft a patent application and defend it before a panel of distinguished judges.

USPTO Midwest Regional Director Damian Porcari congratulated the team on “a terrific job.” 

Professor Christopher M. Turoski ‘98 coached the Minnesota Law team, with assistance from Jason Harp ‘98 and Bernad Cryan, 3L.

Related Video:

Team members M.S.P.L. student Timothy Brennhofer, Carlton Hemphill, 2L, and Jack Graves, 2L  and M.S.P.L. Jordan Marsh
Team members (Top row, center) M.S.P.L. student Timothy Brennhofer; (Top row, right) Carlton Hemphill, 2L, and Jack Graves, 2L; and (middle row, left) M.S.P.L. student Jordan Marsh

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