2022 National Patent Drafting Competition award winners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with the support of several collegiate law school programs, hosted five virtual regional rounds of the competition on March 5. Five regional finalists from 39 teams moved on to compete virtually in the national competition on April 8.

Congratulations to all of the student teams who qualified for the national competition; their coaches deserve appreciation for their time and effort.

First place: Georgia State University College of Law (Texas Regional Champion) - Coached by Brandon Reed

  • Laura Bloodworth 
  • Kristine Chillura 
  • Mary Kennedy 
  • Yaou Ren 

Second place: Santa Clara University School of Law (Silicon Valley Regional Champion)  - Coached by Girish Basarkar

  • Janelle Barbier 
  • Sarah Royer 
  • Bronson Wu

Third place: Osgoode Hall Law School (Midwest Regional Champion) - Coached by Denver Bandstra

  • Claire La Mantia 
  • Gurbir Singh Sidhu 
  • J Emily Zbroinski 

Rocky Mountain Regional Champion: University of Nebraska College of Law - Coached by Matthew Poulsen

  • Jonah Clark 
  • Halle Hayhurst 
  • Jeanne Kelley 
  • Kathryn Zieno

Eastern Regional Champion:  Northeastern University School of Law - Coached by John Lanza 

  • Yuxiang Chen
  • Erin Gannon 
  • John Mosley 
  • Simone Yhap

The National Patent Drafting Competition introduces law students to issues arising in United States patent law and seeks to develop student teams’ patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Each team was presented a hypothetical invention statement to research.

During the regional rounds, each student team member took part in describing their strategy and contribution to a patent application. They searched the invention, identified classes, identified relevant references, determined patentable subject matter, constructed claims, created drawings, and described the invention, all according to USPTO regulations.

Watch a recording of the event. 

For more information, visit the National Patent Drafting Competition webpage.