USD Law Alumnus Kevin Kantharia ’13 (JD) Wins 2013 AIPLA Award

San Diego (September 24, 2013) – The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) has awarded University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Kevin Kantharia, ’13 (JD), the annual Robert C. Watson Award for his paper, "The Shrinking and Unpredictable Law of Willful Patent Infringement: Why the Federal Circuit Should Revisit En Banc the Issues in Bard Peripheral Vascular."

Bestowed annually by AIPLA, the Robert C. Watson award recognizes the author of the best student article in intellectual property law. Sponsored since 2002 by AIPLA, student members of the organization are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property. Judges consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by an author. The award is presented each October at the AIPLA annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Kantharia is currently a law clerk at the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson P.C., working in the patent litigation group. He was a recipient of the firm's Diversity Fellowship in 2011 and a summer associate with the firm in 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, he was a senior electrical engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, where he worked on boundary-scan technology to test radar electronics on the F-15 and F/A-18 aircrafts. Kantharia also collaborated with engineers across multiple disciplines to design the hardware and software to test the electro-optics on the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod.

About the American Intellectual Property Law Association

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a membership organization dedicate to the advancement of intellectual property law-related issues. AIPLA fosters the professional and leadership development of its members, helping nurture and mentor them as they advance within the profession, informing them in an ever-evolving legal environment, and enriching the diversity of the profession. The organization also serves public policy leaders, assisting them with objective and unbiased analysis, and helping establish and maintain fair and effective global laws and policies that stimulate and reward innovation and creative works in keeping with the public interest. AIPLA serves the public, providing education as to the daily value and benefits of a strong intellectual property system that fosters incentives for creativity and innovation, while balancing the public’s interest in healthy competition, reasonable costs and basic fairness.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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Kevin Kantharia '13 (JD)

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