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Fitch Even Partner Steve Parmelee Serves as Co-Chair and Judge for the CIPA Science Fair Committee

April 1, 2014

On March 21, 2014, Fitch Even partner Steven G. Parmelee once again served as a special judge at the 64th Annual Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Steve joined other patent practitioners and several local law students to review the exhibits and select the recipients of special awards sponsored by the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA). For the eleventh 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. 

A few hundred middle-school and high-school students had been previously selected from a field of thousands of 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. Steve noted, "As always, it was gratifying to see these young students creating these amazing projects, and there were many worthy candidates for CIPA’s awards. Once again, the participants were highly diverse in age and ethnicity, with at least as many (perhaps more?) girls as boys. The Chicago Public Schools and the many private sector science fair supporters deserve high praise and congratulations for this marvelous event."

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

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