American Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

American Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

The Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition of the American Intellectual Property Law Association is an annual competition presenting problems in intellectual property, such as patent appeals.

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Attorney Barry Berenberg (`07)

Students who are eligible
2L and 3L students only

Dates and timeline overview
Application packets come out in mid-October and will be due a month later.
The regional competition is usually held the third week in March. The team will choose one of the four regional locations – Houston, Chicago, Boston or Silicon Valley.

Try out details
The application will require writing a memo of no more than seven pages and then giving a five-minute presentation based on the memo. Selection will be made based on the combination of these items and will be complete by the end of November.

What to expect
Two teams of two people each will be selected for the competition. Both teams will prepare briefs based on the competition problem. They will meet once or twice a week in January, but students should plan to work on their briefs during December. Briefs must be substantially completed by the fourth Friday in January, when the Notice of Intent to Participate must be submitted to the competition organizers.

Final briefs will be due around the first of February. After the briefs are submitted, practice rounds will begin. Students should plan on at least two rounds per week, with more frequent practices as the competition approaches. Only one team may participate in oral arguments at the regional competition. The team members may decide among themselves who will participate, or the coach will pick a team around mid-February based on performance during the practice rounds.