By Jason Rantanen
The regional round of the AIPLA Giles S. Rich Patent Moot Court competition took place last weekend. I know how much work goes into these competitions–merits briefs on both sides plus preparation to argue both sides–so kudos to all competitors. Particular congratulations go to the winners and runners-up, who will be competing at the Federal Courts Building in Washington D.C. on April 18-20. The final round will be heard by Judges Prost, Reyna and Chen.
Spoiler alert: the names of the competitors and schools are listed on the next page.
1st – Columbia (Caitri Feddeler & Brandon Zamudio)
2nd – Columbia (Johanna-Sophie Dikkers & Eric Speckhand
Best briefs – Boston University (Philip Chen & Autumn Wu)
1st – University of Virginia (Ronald Pantalena and Laura Toulme)
2nd – George Washington University (Emma Frank and Samuel Cockriel)
Best briefs – Washington and Lee (Lauren Bond & Daniele San Roman)
1st – University of Iowa (Tyler Latcham & Brandon Pakkebier)
1st, best briefs – University of St. Thomas (Jaskaran Singh & Lee Bennin)
1st, best briefs – University of Texas at Austin (Thomas Lemens, John Williams)
2nd, best briefs – University of Houston (Jorge Amor & Jaime Stark)
1st – Santa Clara University (Marinna Radloff & Monica De Lazzari)
2nd, best briefs – University of California at Berkeley (Rachna Vyas & Nathan Theobald)
Anyone interested in assisting or attending the competition or associated receptions should contact Alison Gaul at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who are interested, this year’s problem can be found here.
Also, while it’s not patent-related, congratulations to the University of Iowa College of Law team of Kassandra Ricklefs and Emily Asp, who won the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court competition this year. (With Oracle v. Google, it’s copyright week after all.)
Edit: I initially had the wrong names listed for the first-place team from Columbia. The names are now correct.