Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot
The Intellectual Property Moot is held annually in Oxford over a weekend in March. It is hosted by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and organised by a committee of DPhil and FHS students with an interest in intellectual property. The competition invites teams from universities around the world to prepare written submissions and present oral argument on each side of a hypothetical intellectual property law problem set by experts in the field.
Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot 2013
The annual Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot was held at the Faculty of Law and Pembroke College from 14 to 16 March 2013. Teams enjoyed a busy three days, with not only the moot competition itself, but a variety of related events, including the IP Conversazione and Grand Final Dinner.
The 2013 problem related to an attempt by a pharmaceutical manufacturer to rely on trade mark rights to continue intellectual property protection to a pharmaceutical whose patent had recently expired. Teams were invited to compete at the oral proceedings in Oxford on the basis of written submissions submitted in December 2012. Marking of the submissions was conducted by Lorna Brazell and her team at Bird & Bird LLP. The highest score for the submissions (and the winner of the Best Written Submissions award) was the University of Cambridge.
Following short-listing, twenty teams from Australia, Canada, China, India, Germany, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom competed in Oxford. In a change from previous years, teams competed in four preliminary rounds (up from two). The eight highest-ranked teams progressed to the quarter-finals, with Queensland University of Technology placing first after the preliminary rounds. QUT team member Lucy Munt also won the Sir Nicholas Pumfrey Best Individual Mooter award for her performance in the rounds.
Following a busy day of finals mooting, the grand finalists, University of Ottawa and National Law University, Delhi, competed at Pembroke College in front of a panel comprised of Lord Justice Mummery, Mr Justice Floyd and Judge Birss QC. The final was won by the University of Ottawa. A new prize based on the vote of competing teams – the Professor David Vaver Spirit of the Moot Award – was won by the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and presented by Professor Vaver.
The Organising Committee would like to thank all those involved in making the moot a success, including the judges of the written and oral aspects of the competition, the moots sponsors (Powell Gilbert, 8 New Square, Oxford University Press and Hart Publishing), His Honour Michael Fysh QC SC, Professor Timothy Endicott, Huw Edmunds and his team from Pembroke College, and Ellen Moilanen and Jenny Hassan from the Faculty of Law.
Dr Emily Hudson, St Peter’s College, Oxford
The problem for the Intellectual Property Moot is released in October; written submissions are due in December; and the oral phase of the competition takes place in Oxford in March. For the 2012 - 13 edition, the written submissions for the Moot are due on Friday 14 December 2012, with the oral proceedings taking place on Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 March 2013. The Faculty is now accepting applications to be part of the Oxford team for the 2012 - 13 edition of the moot. A CV and a covering email is to be sent to Dr. Emily Hudson (email@example.com) by 5.00pm on Monday 5 November 2012. Please check your emails for detailed information.
- This competition is open to undergraduate students.
- This competition is open to postgraduate students.
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