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Excited Children in Science Class


The ILIPA is proud to support the Chicago Science Fair, providing access to patent attorneys and students who produce a provisional patent application for the First Place Winner.


The Illinois Intellectual Property Alliance is proud to give the Most Inventive Projects Awards to students at the Chicago Public Schools' 72nd Annual Exhibition of Student STEM Research.  We are currently looking for volunteers to help judge the students' projects and determine ILIPA's winners of the Most Inventive Project Awards.  All levels of technical and legal background are welcome.  

Judging is virtual this year and volunteer judges will have 24-7 access to their assigned projects from 8-15 March 2022.  We will have a short introductory call to discuss judging criteria and assign each judge's projects on 8 March 2022.  Judges will then review the assigned projects on their own during the next week.  We will have another call on 15 March to share our favorite projects and decide the winners.  

The students never fail to amaze with their dedication, hard work, and creativity.  Join us for this inspiring and fun event!  

Ken Matuszewski:   


On Friday, March 18 the Chicago IP Alliance (predecessor of Illinois IP Alliance) participated in the annual Chicago Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry. Attorneys, law students, and other volunteers came together to judge the projects presented by high school students in Chicago. As always, awards were given out to three students who showed remarkable creativity and effort.


This year’s first place award went to Nikolaos Koris from Mather High School for his “Machina Walk” project related to a mechanical apparatus that helps individuals with drop foot. Second place was awarded to Sofia Rogel from Von Steuben High School for her “The Big Sick” project related to specialized heating pads for individuals with arthritis. Third place was awarded to Charlotte Ericson and Caroline Rosen from Audubon Middle School for their “Helping Hands” project related to specialized gloves for individuals with trouble gripping objects.

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