IABA is proud to announce the inaugural IABA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Scholarship. This scholarship will be granted to one or more law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community and are specializing or plan to specialize in intellectual property. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-tine law students at an accredited law school (applications from UCI School of Law will be accepted) in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization. You may apply to both this scholarship and the IABA Law Student Scholarship.If you would like to apply to the IABA/Microsoft Scholarship, please submit the following materials to [email protected] by the application deadline:
(1) resume detailing your education, work, and community experience
(2) official law school and college transcripts
(3) A brief statement articulating why do you want to pursue a career in IP law? What have you done to demonstrate your commitment to a career in IP law? What are your plans to further your commitment to a career in IP law?

(4) this application.The deadline for applying for the inaugural 2014 IABA/Microsoft scholarship is March 31, 2014.


Sean Mahsoul (UC Hastings College of the Law)
He received his B.A. in Philosophy with highest honors and departmental honors from UCLA. During college, Sean served as the President of the Persian society, Sigma Pi Beta, and studied International Business Law and Taxation abroad in Paris and Geneva.

Sean has been active in the Iranian legal and startup community throughout law school. He was elected as President of the Iranian Law Students Association and served as External Vice President of the Intellectual Property Association. Sean has worked with a variety of startups throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley through the UC Hastings Startup Legal Garage. The startups include early-stage biotechnology companies from the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3).

Sean served as Judicial Extern for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles during his first summer in law school. He researched patent issues for Professor Robin Feldman and contributed to two publications regarding patent assertion entities and technology licensing. Sean is currently a member of both the Business Law Journal and the Science & Technology Law Journal.

Sean spent his second summer as a summer associate at Hogan Lovells in Silicon Valley working on corporate and intellectual property matters.