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2020-2021 Competition News

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. 

Deadlines and Details

The 2020-2021 competition will take place virtually.
  • Priority deadline for submission of Notices of Intent to Compete is Friday, December 11, 2020 (11:00 pm local time).
  • All Notices of Intent to Compete must be submitted by the final deadline of Friday, January 15, 2021 (11:00 pm local time).
  • Briefs for Regional Rounds must be served by Monday, February 1, 2021 (11:00 pm local time).
  • All Regional Rounds will be held over three days from Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21, 2021.
  • Briefs for teams advancing to the National Rounds must be served by Friday, March 26, 2021 (11:00 pm local time).
  • The National Rounds will be held over three days from Wednesday, April 14 to Friday, April 16, 2021.

 

 

2019-2020 Competition Recap

The 2019-2020 AIPLA Giles S. Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition was a year like no other.  With the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, and people all over the US sheltered in place, the New Lawyers Committee, which coordinates the competition, swiftly pivoted to a virtual competition, providing the opportunity for more that 40 teams to still compete.

The top teams advanced to the national finals, which also for the first time, was conducted virtually.  The final round was heard by US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judges Raymond T. Chen, Todd M. Hughes, and Kara F. Stoll, who had a hard decision to make between finalists George Washington University Law School and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. 

In the end, the esteemed bench selected the team from George Washington University Law School (Kayvon Ghayoumi and Alexander Davis) as the winner, with the team from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law (Sarah Propst and Michael Schiller) coming in second place.

With special thanks to National Directors Will Freeman and Alex Pechette, and all of the Regional Director for making the (virtual) competition happen in such uncertain times!