IP Center Moot Court Opportunities
2012 Team from Left to Right: Kyle Galster, IP Center Coordinator; Jeff Gorham, Team Coach; Pervin Taleyarkhan, Advocate; Ross Lerch, Advocate; Prof. John Schaibley, Team Advisor
During the 2011-12 academic year, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law competed in the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition for the first time. This competition focuses on patent law and unlike most moot court competitions, teams in the Rich competition must write briefs for both sides of both issues presented. Teams first compete in one of four regional competitions. The top two teams from each region continue on to nationals.
The IU-McKinney team competed in the Chicago regional, a regional competition of 26 teams. The two issues this year involved declaratory judgment jurisdiction in patent infringement cases and willful blindness of induced patent infringement. Briefs were submitted in early February, and oral arguments occurred over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago. From the initial field of 26, this year’s team defeated the University of Chicago and advanced to the semifinal round of 8 teams, where it was eliminated by a team from DePaul that not only went on to win the regional competition, but was the runner-up at the national finals as well.
The entire experience proved invaluable for the students, who gained valuable, practical experience in substantive patent law, civil and appellate procedure, and both oral and written advocacy. Advocate Ross Lerch, a 2012 graduate of the law school, served as President of the Intellectual Property Student Association, Executive Articles Development Editor of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, and as an IP Center Associate. He also worked on an amicus curiae brief filed in the Microsoft v. i4i case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Advocate Pervin Taleyarkhan, now a 3L, is Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Health Law Review and Website Editor for the American Bar Association’s Cleantech and Climate Change Committee. The team benefited immensely from hard work of its outstanding student coach, Jeff Gorham, who provided tireless and insightful assistance throughout the entire process. Jeff Gorham, a 2012 graduate of the law school who has an M.S. in Music Technology, also worked on the amicus curiae brief filed in the Microsoft v. i4i case in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as serving as an SBA Representative and an Intellectual Property Student Association Executive Board Member.
The team is grateful to the professors and practitioners that provided valuable feedback in numerous practice arguments, Kyle Galster for her coordination work, Professor Schaibley for his guidance, and last, but not least, to alumnus Tony Figg, whose generous contribution provided the financial means for the team to compete in this competition.
Students interested in the 2013 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition should contact Professor Schaibley (email@example.com), and regularly check the competition’s web site for the release of the information and problem for the 2013 competition.