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    08.29.12 Brooklyn Law School Appoints Three New Trade Secrets Fellows
    TSI fellows 2012

    Brooklyn Law School’s Trade Secrets Institute (TSI), a pioneering new intellectual property initiative, appointed Jeremy Apple ’13, Robert Levine ’13, and Stephen Popernik ’13 to serve as TSI Fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    As fellows they are witnessing exciting changes in the terrain of trade secrets law. Under the guidance of Adjunct Professor of Law Alexander Kaplan ’00 an attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP, the fellows identify key cases and materials to add to the TSI’s comprehensive database and write briefs about these cases. David Mitnick ’00, a co-founder of the TSI, notes that the fellows’ work on the database is creating a meaningful resource for practitioners in the field.

    Jeremy Apple

    Jeremy Apple, a part-time student, currently works full time as the Senior Cybercrime Analyst in the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He is pursuing a JD and an IP Certificate. In the DA’s office, Apple participates in large-scale financial fraud and cybercrime related investigations. His interest in trade secret law stemmed from his work on several cybercrime cases involving theft of proprietary data and information by employees and former employees of New York-based companies. After enrolling in the Trade Secrets Workshop, Apple had the opportunity to pair his educational and professional experiences, assisting in utilizing comparable New York penal statutes to enforce trade secret misappropriation at the state level. He is an honors graduate of Union College in New York. “As a fellow, I hope to further my understanding of trade secrets law and the interplay between civil and criminal enforcement,” said Apple.

    Robert Levine

    Robert Levine majored in Business Administration at the University of Delaware. After college, he developed an interest in intellectual property law while working at a Manhattan-based digital advertising agency. After entering law school, Robert researched emerging issues in trade secrets, including the challenges that companies face when performing public beta testing of confidential Smartphone technology. While interning at the New York City Council, Levine analyzed proposed legislation to determine whether it presented any conflicts with New York State trade secret law. This year, in addition to serving as a fellow for the Trade Secrets Institute, Levine will be the Associate Managing Editor of the Journal of Law & Policy and a clinician for Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic. “We all hope to add to the Law School's distinguished work in Intellectual Property law,” said Levine. “The TSI is an exciting initiative unique to the Brooklyn Law School experience.”

    Stephen Popernik

    Prior to law school, Stephen Popernik worked for six years in the film and television production industry. He came to BLS to pursue a new career in media and intellectual property law. During his second year, he was an intern at Sony Corporation of America, where he assisted with technology licensing and regulatory compliance, and at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, a law firm specializing in media and entertainment. This past summer, Popernik was a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he focused on trademark, patent and trade secrets litigation matters. He plans to join the firm in 2013 as an associate in the IP Litigation Group. Popernik is a graduate of Harvard College and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

    “It is exciting to be part of an initiative that brings scholars and practitioners together to focus on an underserved field of law,” Popernik said. “It is especially rewarding to know that if we do our job well, BLS will be at the center of the conversation as trade secrets law continues to evolve in New York and at the federal level.”

    In March 2012, Levine and Popernik won the American Intellectual Property Law Association Northeast Regional Moot Court Competition. They went on to argue in the courthouse for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where they finished as national semi-finalists. Levine has been selected to represent Brooklyn Law School in the 2013 ABA National Moot Court Competition.