Law students from Chicago Kent and Loyola law schools teamed with attorneys from other CIPA founders to judge Chicago Science Fair entries for the CIPA “Most Inventive” awards April 1-3 at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Mike Harlin, CIPA Science Fair Committee Co-Chair and intellectual property attorney with McAndrews Held & Molloy Ltd., on the right in the picture, instructs the law student and attorney judges on the procedures for judging the Chicago Public Schools Science Fair projects. The law students from Chicago Kent College of Law and Loyola University School of Law expressed amazement at the high level of the projects.
“It was a great experience for all the law students,” said Chicago-Kent student Scott Turk. “We found our interaction with the high school students very rewarding.”
The teams of students and attorneys representing founders of CIPA examined more than 300 entries and talked with the participants about their projects.
The three student winners showed remarkable creativity and effort. Jerome Gilson, CIPA vice-president and trademark attorney with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, is pictured presenting the plaque and $500 first prize award to Shaun Humes, a freshman at Walter Payton. Shaun’s entry is entitled, “The Turbine-Controlled RAM Air Intake” and he has already investigated the possibility of patenting his invention. CIPA Science Fair Co-Chair, and intellectual property attorney with McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd., Michael Harlin is shown presiding at the podium during the ceremony.
The $300 prize for second place was awarded to Midori Maeda for “Alternative Mosquito Control with a Crustacean,” a project conceived by the seventh grader at Inter-American when she encountered a swarm of irritating mosquitoes. Ameen Abdulrasool of Lane Tech won third prize and $200 for his project entitled, “GPS Navigation Means of Travel for the Blind,” an invention designed to help the visually impaired navigate city streets and other areas new to them.