2020 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

All 2L and 3L students are invited to participate in the 2020 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. The competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the most prestigious intellectual property organization in the country. Auditions for the Competition will be held at the Law School on November 5 and 7, 2019, from 2:30–5:30 pm. If you cannot make it on one of the scheduled dates, please contact Peter McCabe at pmccabe0922@gmail.com to schedule a makeup date.

Specific details have yet to be announced, but the regional competition will most likely occur in Houston during mid–late March. The teams that finish first and second in the regionals will move on to the nationals held in April in Washington, D.C., and will have the opportunity to argue before a panel of judges on the Federal Circuit.

To qualify for the team, you must complete a brief application, provide a writing sample and résumé, and attend a tryout. The material for the tryout is the problem from the 2018 GSR Competition. The full problem and the briefs for both appellant and appellee are available below. In preparation for the tryout, you should address only the prior user defense. You may argue for either the appellant or appellee. You do not need to do any further research outside of the attached briefs in preparation for the tryout.

To apply:

Drop off your application, writing sample, and résumé to the locked dropbox outside of TNH 4.110. There is a signup sheet for tryout times posted at the lockbox. The deadline to submit your materials and schedule your tryout time is 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Tryout Schedule:

Tryouts will be held from 2:30–5:30 pm on each of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – CCJ 3.336
  • Thursday, November 7, 2010 – CCJ 3.336