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Moot Court Competition

The AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition is celebrating its 44th year in 2017. 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.   

The competition is divided into five regional competitions followed by a national competition among the top two teams from each region.

 "Presenting an appeal from a District Court judgment of design patent infringement and IP contract breach in a case captioned “Syrus v. SQUARE."


​Deadline Event/Task​
​Friday, January 27, 2017 ​Notices of Intent to Compete must be submitted.
​Monday, February 6, 2017 ​Briefs for Regional ROunds must be served.
​Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19, 2017 ​All Regional Rounds will be held over these three days.
​Friday, March 24, 2017 ​Briefs for teams advancing to the National Rounds must be served.
​Wednesday, April 19-Friday, April 21, 2017 ​The National Rounds will be held over these three days.


The National First Place winners of the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Award will receive $2,000. This award is sponsored by AIPLA.

The National Second Place winners will receive $1,000. This award is sponsored by the AIPLA Fellows. 

Awards are presented at the AIPLA National Meeting in Washington, D.C. each October.​​​​