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Firm Partners Serve as Science Fair Judges for the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance

March 26, 2013

On March 22, 2013, Fitch Even partners Steven G. Parmelee and Nicholas T. Peters served as special judges at the 63rd Annual Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry.

These attorneys, along with other area legal professionals and several local law students, helped to select the recipients of special awards sponsored by the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA). For the tenth consecutive year, CIPA awarded cash prizes for the three “Most Inventive” entries, as well as assistance with the preparation and filing of a patent application to one of the winning students.

Approximately 300 middle-school and high-school students had been previously selected from a field of 12,000 local participants to present their projects and accompanying papers at the citywide science fair. The CIPA judges sought out the most innovative projects among these, interviewing many of the student exhibitors as part of the judging process. The attorneys also provided students with written materials on the patent process and the importance of intellectual property law.

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP is a co-founder of CIPA. Steve Parmelee has served as co-chair of CIPA’s Science Fair Committee for several years, and many Fitch Even attorneys have also been involved with this initiative over the years. Four-time judge Nick Peters remarked, “This is one of the events I really enjoy because you see the obvious enthusiasm for technology and science that these students have. It’s an honor to be able to interact with these young people and be a part of their education regarding intellectual property rights.”

For more information on the event, please visit the Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair website at

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