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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.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.