On Friday, April 10, 2015, we held the Fourth Annual University of Missouri Patent Law Moot Court Competition. Law students wrote briefs and presented oral arguments on legal and procedural questions surrounding the patenting of compounds derived from human genes. [Discussion of the Problem]. The McKool Smith firm has sponsored the event and funded a $1,000 prize to the winning student for each of the next four years. This event is also now linked with our developing Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.
Overall winner of the competition based upon both is Paul Jacobson who will receive the $1,000 McKool Smith prize. Honorable mention goes to Mary Albert, Micah Uptegrove, Peter Bruntrager, Justin Moody,Bhandana Katoch, Mitchell Terry, John Clizer, and Joe Morrey who each received at least one first place vote. I want to especially thank our set of excellent IP-attorney-judges who gave up their day and evening for this event as well as my Teaching Assistant and future patent attorney Marriam Lin.
The next competition will be held in the Fall of 2015.