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IP Moot Court 3Ls Robert Pittelkow, Wesley Schwie Advance to National Finals

APRIL 13, 2012—When the national finals of the annual Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition get under way April 18-20, 2012, in Washington, D.C., Robert Pittelkow (’12) and Wesley Schwie (’12) will be there, representing the Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court. If they advance to the final round of the single-elimination tournament, they will argue before a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Four regional competitions were held across the country March 16-18, and the top two teams from each region make up the national finals competitors. Pittelkow and Schwie bested teams from Columbia University, Concord Online Law School, and Georgetown University in the Boston regional to advance to the finals, along with a team from Brooklyn Law School.

The Law School's IP Moot Court teams were coached by adjunct attorney instructors Eric Chad (’08) and Christopher C. Davis, intellectual property and patent attorneys with Merchant & Gould.

This is at least the fifth Law School team to travel to the national IP finals. The 2007 and 1996 teams won the national championship, and the 2005 and 2006 teams took the runner-up spot.

The competition's namesake, Giles Sutherland Rich, was a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a judge on the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, and a co-author of the 1953 full revision of U.S. patent law. The American Intellectual Property Law Association has sponsored the moot court competition in his honor since 1973.


IP Moot Court

From left, Wesley Schwie (’12) and Robert Pittelkow (’12)