The Fourth Annual International Intellectual Property Moot at Oxford took place at Oriel College over the weekend of 1 and 2 April 2006. Hosted by the Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) and the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC), the event brought together students from universities across the world, with teams from the National University of Singapore, Lithuania, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka all competing for the first time.

The facts this year once again proved to be highly topical and at the forefront of IP, concerning the downloading and reproduction of music and associated rights. They provided ample fuel for students with each of the rounds being closely contested. The final between the National University of Singapore and the home team Oxford took place in a packed lecture theatre, before what has been described as a ‘dream intellectual property panel’ consisting of Lord Justice Mummery, Lord Justice Jacob and Mr Justice Pumfrey. The final was quite possibly the closest yet with Natalie Brown and Nikita Alatorsev of Oxford losing to Suegene Ang and Felicity Tan from the National University of Singapore.

The moot is now in its fourth year, and it goes from strength to strength. Its inclusive ethos enables mooters of various abilities to present arguments in a highly competitive environment, which it is hoped will inspire students throughout the world to further their study of Intellectual Property law for the foreseeable future. The moot could not go ahead without the generous sponsorship of a number of law firms, patent attorneys and chambers and without the invaluable support of IP practitioners who give up their time to judge the event. Thanks are also owed to members of the Organising Committee 2006.

Sophie Palmer
Chair of the Organising Committee
Keble College