Intellectual Property Moot Court furthers students’ research, writing, and oral advocacy skills using case problems based primarily on patent, copyright, and trademark issues. Case problems also may involve computer law and antitrust issues.
The 20 second-year students do a warm-up assignment in September and October based on one of these areas of law. Students then present oral argument on the first assignment. This is followed by the first draft of an appellate brief, due toward the end of the fall semester. After critique by the directors, students rewrite the briefs. Students do extensive oral argument work, based on the problem addressed in the briefs, during spring semester. Final oral arguments are presented in courtrooms to attorneys practicing in intellectual property law.
Three third-year student directors and two practicing attorney directors run the program. Directors are selected based on their overall performance during their second year as well as on a written statement. Two student directors also are chosen to participate in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court competition. They write the team briefs, and attend the regional competition, usually in the third week of March.
The Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition:
The competition, now in its 34th year, is named for a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who was the world’s most distinguished jurist in the field of patent law. The competition includes a written brief on a specific topic and an oral argument in front of judges.
Four regional competitions take place in March. The top two teams from each region the compete in the national championship in Washington, D.C.
University of Minnesota Law students Michelle Dawson and Seth Skiles won the 2007 regional championship in Boston and advanced to win the 2007 national championship in Washington, D.C.
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