Announcing the winners of the 18th Annual Oxford IP Moot 2021
 

Allen & Overy Winner, Oral Proceedings - National Law University, Delhi
​8 New Square Winner Best Written Submissions 2020 - Swinburne Law School
8 New Square Winner Best Written Submissions 2021 - The City Law School

Details of other prize winners can be found here.

Grand Final teams:

Osgoode Hall Law School
National Law University, Delhi

The Grand Final Judges

Lord Kitchin, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
The Right Honourable Sir Christopher Floyd PC, Recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Birss, Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales

Preliminary Round, Quarter-final & Semi-final Judges 2021

Given ongoing issues with the pandemic – including recent announcements from the UK government – the IP Moot competition was year wholly online. The earlier rounds (preliminary, Quarter Final and Semi Final) were held over a two-week period (commencing 8 March, 2021) and the Grand Final took place on Saturday 20 March at 11.30am (UK time). It was live streamed on the Moot website and also on The Law Faculty YouTube.

18th Annual Oxford IP Moot - participating Teams for 2021
 
Goethe University of Frankfurt 
Government Law College (India)
Gujarat National Law University 
Hidayatullah National Law University
ILS Law College
Jindal Global Law School 
King's College London 
NALSAR University of Law 
National Law Institute University, Bhopal 
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
National Law University, Delhi
National University of Advanced Legal Studies,  NUALS
Osgoode Hall Law School 
Queensland University of Technology 
SciencesPo Paris
Singapore Management University 
Swinburne University of Technology 
The City Law School 
The University of Law 
Tsinghua University 
University College London
University of Cambridge
University of Delhi 
University of Edinburgh
University of Hong Kong
University of New South Wales
University of Ottawa
University of Oxford 
University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas 
University of Technology Sydney 
University of Toronto 
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
 
On 9 March 2020, the OIPRC made the difficult decision to cancel the oral rounds of the 18th annual Oxford IP Moot, scheduled to take place on 19-21 March 2020.

As noted in an announcement released in August 2020, the OIPRC decided that it would run a moot in March 2021 and that this moot would use the existing moot problem, Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals Erewhon and Hotenhoffer Lilliput v Republic of Erewhon [2019] HCE 46. It was also decided that teams competing in March 2021 would comprise teams invited to the March 2020 rounds and teams that made submissions in a written round in December 2020.

This year we had a record-breaking 32 teams competing. Successful teams are listed above, and we also updated the moot rules. 

Given ongoing issues with the pandemic – including recent announcements from the UK government – our approach was as follows:

  • The competition was wholly online.
  • The Grand Final took place on Saturday 20 March (the same date as had the moot been in-person) and was livestreamed.
  • Rather than attempting to run the online competition in the usual compressed format (in which the moot is held over three days), the 2021 IP Moot earlier rounds were held over the two weeks leading up to that date.
  • For the preliminary rounds, the draw was constructed to avoid, as far as possible, teams having to moot in the middle of the night. That said, it was necessary for some teams to moot outside of standard office hours of 9am to 5pm. For the later rounds, there may have been some early starts and late finishes, as the draw at this point is based on ranking.
  • The schedule was provided well in advance, so that teams could make the necessary arrangements for IT support, time away from study or work, etc. The schedule was developed by the Moot Committee, in consultation with teams. Teams were not asked to arrange their own moots.
  • Guidance was given in relation to online advocacy, including in relation to the creation and use of bundles. A revised set of moot rules was released.
  • There was a discounted registration fee and no observer fees.

We knew that many mooters would be disappointed that they could not compete in Oxford. As such, we considered ways to foster a sense of community among mooters and help them feel closer to Oxford. We also wanted to emphasise that although we would have loved to run an in-person competition, this was an excellent opportunity for mooters to develop their skills at online advocacy – which we anticipate will be the way of the future for court proceedings.

The moot problem is available on this website. The new moot rules are available on this website.

The 2021 moot concerns Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals Erewhon and Hotenhoffer Lilliput v Republic of Erewhon [2019] HCE 46. This year, the moot covers all three of the main IP regimes, with the appeal grounds relating to: (1) the issuing of a compulsory licence in relation to a pharmaceutical patent; (2) an application to cancel of a company's trade mark portfolio on the basis that the marks have become deceptive; and (3) whether the release of documents by the government – being a selection of documents supplied by a corporate whistleblower – is caught by the quotation exception or a general public interest defence to copyright infringement. The moot problem draws from topical matters in IP law, and covers important questions of policy and doctrine.

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