Law students place third in national competition

May 22, 2023

An all-female team of Detroit Mercy Law students won third place in the National Patent Application Drafting Competition.

The team was one of just five teams out of 55 who competed regionally, to move on to the final round in Washington, D.C. to present to a board of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office judges.

“Being an all-female team competing in a very male dominated industry was empowering. I think it brought us, as a team, closer together,” said team member Yasmeen Moradshahi.

“In addition to gaining practical experience they will use in their future careers, the students had the opportunity to interact with leaders in the intellectual property community,” said Damian Pocari ’84, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO, which was the host of the regional competition.

In addition to Moradshahi, the team included Megz Kubis, Caley McCarthy and Michelle Hudson; they were coached by alumna patent attorney Shannon Smith ’13, and supported by student Mark Adamaszek.