Mona Lisa’s smile keeps intriguing – so found the contestants in the second International Intellectual Property Moot, held at Worcester College in April. Hosted by the Intellectual Property Institute and the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, the event brought together students from universities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, who for one weekend had the opportunity to practise their advocacy skills in front of real life judges and Intellectual Property practitioners. Like the subject of Da Vinci’s famous painting, around which the moot problem revolved, the case that the mooters had to argue evoked questions to which no clear-cut answers were available.

The standard of mooting was impressive. The ultimate showcase was the final, contested before a Supreme Court consisting of Lord Justice Mummery, Lord Justice Jacob and Mr Justice Pumfrey. In front of this “dream team” Intellectual Property bench, a keenly contested and entertaining final took place, which saw Stephen O’Halloran and Mary Townsend of University College Dublin emerge as the overall winners of the Moot. Louise Aspinwall and Natsuko Sugihara of the University of Cambridge were declared runners-up and also won the prize for best written submission. The prize for best individual mooter went to Natsuko Sugihara of the Cambridge team.