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Zhi-Xiang Oh
LAW P 590
Seattle Campus

Graduate Intellectual Property Law Tutorial

Focuses on a specialized area of intellectual property law. Limited to students in the graduate program in intellectual property law and policy. Tutorial must be approved by the program director.

Class description

This course is directed to preparing students to compete in the local, regional and national Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition which focuses on the specialized area of intellectual property law. The competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Both LLM students and 2L and 3L JD students are eligible to participate in the local Seattle IP moot court competition. However, only the JD students are eligible to advance to the regional and national competitions. Students who participate in this course will be required to write a brief and prepare oral arguments for participation in a local Giles Rich Moot Court Competition. Those JD students who do well in the local Seattle competition may be invited to compete in the Regional Giles Rich Moot Court competition in Silicon Valley during March, 2014, with the opportunity to advance to the National Giles Rich Moot Court competition in Washington, DC, during April, 2014.

The Giles Rich problem focuses on issues currently facing the Federal Circuit. Generally, these issues relate to patent law, although a trademark issue, trade secret issue or other intellectual property issue is often involved. Each student will be required to write a full brief for either the appellant or the appellee. Each brief should comply with the 2013 rules for the Giles Rich Moot Court competition. Students are to work in teams, and each member of the team is required to write a brief for the appellant or appellee. Therefore, each team will produce a pair of briefs, one brief for each side. Students should expect additional work in January to prepare for a local competition held in Seattle. Those students who are invited and accept an invitation to compete in the regional competition, should expect additional work in February and March to prepare for the regional competition in California. Students advancing to the national competition should expect additional work in April.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Zhi-Xiang Oh
Date: 09/25/2013