The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) is delighted to announce arrangements for the 2018 Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot, and invites universities from around the world to enter the competition. The IP Moot will be held over three days (15 March - 17 March 2018) at the Law Faculty and Pembroke College.

The problem for the 2018 Moot relates to copyright and performers’ rights, with the fact pattern involving a fireworks display and a dance and spoken word presentation by three cockatoos. The case before the Supreme Court of Erewhon has been narrowed to four questions in relation to the meaning of “dramatic work”, the test for authorship, assessment of non-literal infringement, and whether an animal-only presentation can constitute a performance.

The Competition invites teams from universities around the world to prepare written submissions and present oral argument on each side of a hypothetical intellectual property law problem set by experts in the field.  For more information, please refer to this website.  To keep apprised of announcements and news in relation to the moot (#OxIPMoot), please follow us on Twitter: @OxIPMoot or the website. If you would like further information about the Moot, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact the Moot Secretary: [moot@oiprc.ox.ac.uk].