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2013 AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

Aipla Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

For the third consecutive year, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law competed in the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition during the 2013-14 academic year.   This competition focuses on patent and intellectual property 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 two IU-McKinney teams competed in the Chicago regional, a regional competition of 26 teams, including teams from Northwestern University School of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and University of Wisconsin School of Law. The two issues this year involved subject matter jurisdiction in patent infringement cases and whether a claim for cDNA patentable eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §101 where a naturally occurring processed pseudogene was found to be chemically, structurally, and functionally identical to the claimed cDNA.  Briefs were submitted in late January, and oral arguments occurred over spring break from March 21st -23rd in Chicago.  From the initial field of 26, this year’s two teams defeated their respective opposing law schools, and advanced to the semifinal round of 8 teams. 

The entire experience proved invaluable for the students, who gained practical experience in substantive patent law, civil and appellate procedure, and both oral and written advocacy.  Our Advocates were Tyler Droste, 2L, Stephen Abanise, 3L, Andrew Podgorny, 2L and Audrey Wessel, 2L. The team benefited immensely from the hard work of its outstanding student coach, Drake Land, 3L, who provided tireless and insightful assistance throughout the entire process.  Drake Land is also an Editor on the International & Comparative Law Review, and serves as a law clerk at Wilson, Kehoe, Winingham LLC.

The team is grateful to the professors and practitioners that provided valuable feedback in numerous practice arguments, Kyle Galster for her coordination of team preparations, and to Professor Schaibley for his guidance.   


Students interested in the 2014-15 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition should contact Kyle Galster (kgalster@iupui.edu) and regularly check the competition’s web site for the release of the information and problem for the 2014-15 competition.