Scott Flage, a second-year student at Gonzaga Law School, was recently awarded the Technology Law Scholarship. This $2000 scholarship was established by Daniel R. Fratini, Vice President of Technical Services, Cleaver Associates, Inc.
The scholarship is awarded to a second-year law student who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of Intellectual Property and plans to practice in the field of Patent Law.
Scott received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, with an interdisciplinary science degree. He has noted that a degree in interdisciplinary science required him to study all of the sciences – physics, chemistry, biology, and geology – as well as math.
His interest in law developed when he took an AutoCad class. Scott and his lab partner developed and are in the process of patenting the design, leading to his interest in patent law, and ultimately bringing him to Gonzaga Law School.
This is the inaugural year of the Technology Law Scholarship. Its benefactor, Daniel Fratini, graduated from Bucknell University in 1980 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Since 1980, Mr. Fratini has worked for a number of companies, including Proctor & Gamble and Scott Paper, and for the last 10 years has been a principal in his own company, Cleaver Associates.
Over his years in business, Fratini has found himself increasingly enmeshed in patent-related technology matters. He sees patent law as a critical area of business law, one that has a huge impact on companies’ success or failure. He hopes that by funding the Technology Law Scholarship, he can encourage Gonzaga students to enter the Intellectual Property field and specialize in patent law.