Have questions about joining IPLS? Contact our President, Wes Margeson!

What Are IP Moot Court Competitions?

In an IP Moot Court competition, teams from law schools around the country brief and argue simulated appellate cases that hinge on the interpretation of IP laws.  Often, the cases raise controversial current legal issues. This year, MSU plans to send teams to three competitions: Giles Rich (patent), Saul Lefkowitz (trademark), and BMI (copyright).  The problems generally come out in the middle of Fall semester, briefs are due early in the Spring semester, and oral argument competitions occur in the middle of Spring semester.

Why Should I Participate?

  • Build valuable lawyering skills
  • Increase your knowledge of IP law
  • Make valuable contacts
  • Have fun

Do I Need To Take Particular Courses First?

The skills needed to compete are taught in your 1L Advocacy or RWA classes. No other classes are required, although that policy could change. The Moot Court Competition class is recommended because it provides an opportunity to further refine your advocacy skills. Of course, knowledge of the substantive law is needed. Taking the corresponding class (Patent Law, Trademark Law, or Copyright Law) is the preferred way, but not the only way, of obtaining this knowledge.

How Time Consuming Is It?

Competing effectively, which is expected, requires a time commitment comparable to RWA or Advocacy class.  This time commitment begins when the team is formed in the fall and continues through the oral arguments in the spring.  With planning, you will be able to reduce the time commitment during your fall semester final exam preparations.

How Do I Get Involved?

IPLS holds an informational meeting each fall, with teams selected for each competition soon thereafter. Contact Vani Gujuluva for more information. If you have not registered for the Moot Court Competition class and can fit it in your schedule, consider adding it.

Saul Lefkowitz Giles Rich BMI
Area of Law




Important Dates

Entry deadline: October

Briefs due: January

Regional oral arguments: February

Entry deadline: January

Briefs due: February

Regional oral arguments: March

Entry deadline: TBD

Briefs due: February

Oral arguments: February - March










sample brief 1 (2011)

sample brief 2 (2011)

sample brief 3 (2011)

sample brief 4 (2011)

sample brief 5 (2012)

sample brief 6 (2012)