Developing Legal Skills Through IP Moot Court

On the evening of January 16, 2018, four BYU Law students won during the local round of the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich IP Moot Court Competition hosted by Workman Nydegger. Students Peter Shiozawa and Michael Wunderli won best overall, and they will advance to the regional competition held March 23-25 in Palo Alto, California. Students Brandon Andersen and Mark Hammond won best team oralists, and Andersen won best oralist.

Students at BYU Law have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, like IP Moot Court, which allow them to gain and develop essential legal skills. “The moot court competition is a very valuable experience in developing legal research and writing skills,” Wunderli said. “I have seen my brief writing progress by leaps and bounds. In addition, the oral arguments get you comfortable fielding questions from judges and advocating articulately for your client.”

Participating in IP Moot Court allows students to gain insight and experience in different aspects of the law. Shiozawa said, “IP Moot court has been a great hands-on experience in patent litigation. While I plan on prosecuting (rather than litigating) patents, this has provided valuable insights into the process of enforcing one’s intellectual property.”

At the competition, four teams from BYU and four teams from the University of Utah competed for spots in the regional round. The case they presented was centered on a specific patent, and their task was to argue whether the patent was valid or not, and to argue the proper venue for the law suit.

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