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Silicon Valley Patent Attorney To Receive NJIT’s Highest Honor

Patent attorney and Newark native George M. Newcombe, a resident now of Palo Alto, Calif., will receive the highest alumni honor from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) at NJIT’s annual convocation ceremony. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2005, in Kupfrian Hall on the NJIT campus.

Newcombe will receive the Weston Medal, NJIT’s highest honor recognizing Newcombe’s leadership in the field of corporate litigation and intellectual property. Eighteen other honors will also be awarded during the ceremony to NJIT professors and students. The public, as well as students and staff, are invited.

Joseph Bordogna, PhD, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and former deputy director of the National Science Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.

Since 1983, Newcombe has been a partner in the law firm of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP.  In 2000, Newcombe moved from the firm’s headquarters in New York City to head a Palo Alto division.  Today, that office specializes in Silicon Valley corporate finance and represents clients such as Intel, JDS Uniphase, WorldCom, Agilent Technologies, NEC Corporation and Avistar Communications.

Newcombe received his BS magna cum laude in chemical engineering from NJIT in 1969. As a student, he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. After graduation, Newcombe entered the Army Engineering Management Training program at the logistics management center in Texas. After his tour of duty, he developed air and water pollution control technology for industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In 1975, Newcombe received his JD from Columbia University School of Law where he was named a James Kent Scholar. While there, he founded the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Newcombe is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council, and the Defense Research Institute.

In 1999, Newcombe received the Alumni Achievement Award. Today, he serves on NJIT’s Board of Overseers. In 2000, he established the George M. Newcombe Endowed Scholarship Fund at NJIT.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.