Intellectual Property Law Moot Court

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA) and centers around issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students write a brief and argue the case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and jurists from the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board of the USPTO, as well as judges from various districts and other courts. [view website]

In its 20th year, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz, an attorney and trademark examiner who became a member of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, serving finally as its Chair. His distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law. The competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience. The competition is open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. Approximately 60 teams of law students participate in the competition each year.

Students are expected to: (1) Write a brief; and (2) Argue the case in regional and national competitions before a panel of volunteer attorneys, judges from various district and other courts, members of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and jurists from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Regional Competition takes place in February in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. The winning team from each of the regions advances to the National Final Competition, which takes place in March in Washington, D.C.

Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition

The Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, which primarily focuses on issues in patent law. In its 37th year, the competition is named for a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who was the most distinguished jurist in the field of patent law in the world. [view website]

The competition is divided into four regional competitions, held in Houston, Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Boston, followed by a national competition among the top two teams from each region in Washington, D.C. Each participating school may enter two teams of two students each, chosen in any manner satisfactory to the school. The team will be required to submit thirteen copies of each brief that will be served on the regional director and one copy of each brief that will be served on each other team in the region. 

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