The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) is delighted to announce arrangements for the 2020 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 (19 March - 21 March 2020) at the Law Faculty and Pembroke College.

The 2020 moot concerns Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals Erewhon and Hotenhoffer Lilliput v Republic of Erewhon [2019] 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.

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, please contact the Moot Secretary.