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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 a case which involves an appeal from a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
in an Inter Partes Review proceeding captioned Billary v. Shrub."


Each participating school may enter as many as 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 on or before February 1.

To enter, written intention to participate must be submitted to one of our regional directors no later than January 15.

Note: You may enter in a region other than that in which your school is located.

The 2017 award documents will be posted here by November 1, 2016. Until that time, please refer to the 2016 award documents for your team's planning purposes:


The National First Place winners of the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Award will receive $2,000. These awards are sponsored by the AIPLA Fellows.

The National Second Place winners of the Irving Marcus Award will receive $1,000.

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