The competition, established in 1992, is named in tribute to the Honorable William C. Conner, a former president of the NYIPLA and federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the important contributions he made to the field of intellectual property.  A former patent lawyer and expert in intellectual property law, Judge Conner’s rulings involved first amendment rights, ASCAP licensing, and influenced how songwriters receive royalties.