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Randall Wins Virginia State Bar IP Section Law Student Writing Competition

May 2013 law school graduate Thomas R. Randall has won the Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section award for its Law Student Writing Competition. The event is an annual writing competition for law students studying in Virginia or who reside in Virginia even if they attend an out-of-state law school, and it features a prize of $4000 for the winner.

Randall received the award for his student submission entitled, "Patent Harmonization in the 21st Century: Narrowing the Issues."

Randall's paper argues that in the past twenty years, U.S. patent law has changed dramatically as globalization has driven pressure for lawmakers to bring U.S. law more in line with international norms and that further harmonizing patent law across borders would provide benefit for U.S. companies and patent applicants. 

"From what I can tell, I'm the first GMU student (and first non-GWU or UVa student) to win the award," says Randall, who is currently working at King & Spalding LLP in New York.