Richmond Law has long been known for excellence in the study of contemporary intellectual property issues. Ranked amongst the top 50 IP law programs in the Country, Richmond is also home to the Intellectual Property Institute and the IP & Transactional Law Clinic, and host of the annual Evil Twin Debate on IP law. 

Most recently, two Richmond Law alumni received recognition for their scholarly excellence in the field. Justin Jorgensen and Maite Teresa Salido Gusi, both 2018 graduates, were back-to-back winners of the Virginia State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition for 2017 and 2018. 

Jorgensen’s 2017 article, “Jurisdictional Splits and Timid Copyright Licensing,” looks at regional inconsistencies in the application of copyright laws in music. “I enjoyed the entire writing process, especially the end result,” said Jorgensen. Both students worked with Professor James Gibson as part of an independent study. “I’m glad that the University of Richmond gave me the resources to get published in the areas of the law that I find interesting,” said Jorgensen.

Salido Gusi’s 2018 article, “Traditional Products in Developing Countries: Maximizing Competitive Advantage through Geographical Indications,” examines how generational differences have an impact in the protection of international food production techniques. “Professor Gibson's support and a methodical approach to writing were key in having a good work product,” said Salido Gusi. 

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