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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."


  • 2017 Reference Materials
  • NOTICE OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE FORM - Fillable.pdfNotice of Intent To Participate Form​

  • The 2017 Rules are new rules being piloted by AIPLA. As such, teams are asked to review the new Rules carefully. The National Giles Rich Chairs, Ryan Alley and Allison Gaul, will be holding a dial-in teleconference on Friday, December 9  to go over the new pilot Rules for all interested. Dial-in details below:

December 9, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm ET
ial in number: 5712677500
Access Code: 0165474


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.​​​