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
Singapore Management University
Swinburne University of Technology
The City Law School
The University of Law
University College London
University of Cambridge
University of Delhi
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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
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  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.
Invitations to December 2020 teams have been issued, and we are delighted to report that in 2021, we shall have a record-breaking 32 teams competing. Successful teams are listed above, and we have also updated the moot rules. Additional information will be added regularly to the moot website. In the meantime, the OIPCR would like to provide an update in relation to the format of the competition.
Given ongoing issues with the pandemic – including recent announcements from the UK government – our approach will be as follows:
- The competition will be wholly online.
- The Grand Final will take place on Saturday 20 March (the same date as had the moot been in-person). It will be livestreamed.
- Rather than attempting to run the online competition in the usual compressed format (in which the moot is held over three days), we plan to run all the earlier rounds in the two weeks leading up to that date.
- For the preliminary rounds, the draw will be constructed so that we avoid, as far as possible, teams having to moot in the middle of the night. That said, it will be necessary for some teams to moot outside of standard office hours of 9am to 5pm. For the later rounds, it may be more difficult to avoid some early starts and late finishes, as the draw at this point is based on ranking.
- The schedule will be provided well in advance, so that teams can make the necessary arrangements for IT support, time away from study or work, etc. The schedule will be developed by the Moot Committee, in consultation with teams. Teams will not be asked to arrange their own moots.
- Guidance will be given in relation to online advocacy, including in relation to the creation and use of bundles. A revised set of moot rules will be released.
- There will be a discounted registration fee and no observer fees.
We know that many mooters will be disappointed that they cannot compete in Oxford. As such, we are considering ways to foster a sense of community among mooters and help them feel closer to Oxford. We also want to emphasise that although we would have loved to run an in-person competition, this will be 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.
If you have any questions about the above, please contact the Moot Secretary.The 2021 moot concerns Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals Erewhon and Hotenhoffer Lilliput v Republic of Erewhon  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.
To keep apprised of announcements and news in relation to the moot (#OxIPMoot), please follow us on Twitter: @OxIPMoot or the Moot website.