The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre will host the 15th Annual Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot on March 16th – 18th, 2017.

This year’s moot had another record number of entrants. A total of 59 submissions were received from twenty-one countries around the world, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, the USA, and throughout the United Kingdom.  Twenty-four teams have been invited to participate in the oral phase of the competition. This year’s moot problem revolves around the issue of (1) the validity of the claimant Whispering Gums Winery’s patent on a bottle that enhances the effervescence of sparkling wines, and (2) whether use of the word “Erewine” by the defendant Loddon River Vineyards to describe its elderflower, non-alcoholic, drink constitutes extended passing off. Teams will be arguing in front of the Supreme Court of Erewhon, the apex court of a fictional jurisdiction. All teams will be required to participate in four preliminary rounds over two days where they will make submissions as both the Appellant and Respondents.  Eight teams will progress to the knock-out rounds.  The panel for the Grand Final is traditionally composed of three eminent judges, known for their work in the field of Intellectual Property Law.  Lord Justice Kitchin, Lord Justice Floyd, and Mr. Justice Birss have once again accepted our invitations to judge the Grand Final this year.

At the close of the preliminary rounds on Friday 17th March 2017, we will hold our annual IP Conversazione: an interactive speaker and dining event. This year’s Conversazione theme is “Wine and Sweet Words: IP and Identifying Drinks”.  A panel of diverse speakers from within and outside the law will explore issues raised by the Moot problem.  At dinner, speakers, panellists, mooters, moot judges, coaches, sponsors and other guests intermingle at assigned tables, and between courses representatives of the tables pose questions to the panel speakers.

We would like to thank all teams who made a submission this year.   Due to the large number of submissions received, the competition had never been tougher. 

We would like to congratulate the following teams who will be competing in the oral phase of the moot at Oxford:

Boston University School of Law, USA

Bucerius Law School, Germany

City University of London, UK

DePaul University College of Law, USA

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Jindal Global Law School, India

Monash University, Australia

National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU), India

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Singapore Management University, Singapore

Tsinghua University, China

University College London, UK

University of British Columbia, Canada

University of Cambridge, UK

University of Malaya, Malaysia

University of New South Wales, Australia

University of Otago, New Zealand

University of Oxford, UK

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

University of Toronto, Canada

University of Windsor, Canada

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India