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Moot Court Competition

The AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition is celebrating its 45th year in 2018. 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.



​Deadline Event/Task​
​Friday, December 15, 2017 Priority Registration Deadline
​Friday, January 19, 2018 ​Final Registration Deadline.
​Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, 2018 ​All Regional Rounds will be held over these three days.
Wednesday, April 18-Friday, April 20, 2018 ​The National Rounds will be held over these three days.
  • 2018 GSR Moot Court Problem (coming soon)
  • ​2018 Rules  (coming soon)
  • 2018 Reference Materials
    • Appendix - A
    • 2018 APPENDIX B C.PDF (coming soon)
    • 2018 Problem Errata Sheet (coming soon)

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

  • The 2018 Rules are new rules being piloted by AIPLA. As such, teams are asked to review the new rules carefully.


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.

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