Moot Court Competition

About the Competition

The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The competition is an annual inter-law school event sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). There is no entry fee for the competition. The competition is made possible through the volunteer service of attorneys, judges, and AIPLA professionals. 

2023-2024 Competition


Welcome to the AIPLA 2023-2024 Giles S. Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition!  As always, our writing team has prepared a great problem for you this year.  Please read the competition rules thoroughly. If you have any questions about the rules for this competition, please contact the National Operations Director, Christopher Jeu

AIPLA plans to conduct the competition in person.  The Regional and National Directors will provide more guidance at the appropriate time should anything change.  

    Important Dates to Note:

    Priority deadline for submission of Notices of Intent to Compete is Friday, December 8, 2023 (11:00 pm local time).

    All Notices of Intent to Compete must be submitted by the final deadline of Friday, January 12, 2024 (11:00 pm local time).

    Briefs for Regional Rounds must be served by Monday, January 29, 2024 (11:00 pm local time).

    All Regional Rounds will be held over three days from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2024 

    Briefs for teams advancing to the National Rounds must be served by Friday, March 29, 2024 (11:00 pm local time).

    The National Rounds will be held over three days from Wednesday, April 17 to Friday, April 19, 2024


    2022-2023 Competition Recap


    The 2022-2023 Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition marked the first year back in person. Teams competed across the country culminating in nine schools competing in the regionals in Washington, DC. 

    We are pleased to congratulate this year’s first place winners- Abhinav Garg, Patrick Walters, and coach Matthew Dowd from George Washington University Law School. Second place went to Paige Welch, Elizabeth Elrod, and coach Peter McCabe of The University of Texas School of Law. 


    Judges Sharon Prost, Timothy Dyk, and Richard Taranto graciously presided over the finals, which took place at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 


    Thank you to all of the competitors, judges, organizers, and other volunteers who made this competition such a success!