For the fifth time in the last seven, the University of Texas came home with the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition national title. UT team members, Jared Hoggan ('08) and Alexis Steinberg ('09), beat Loyola in the final round of the competition to win the National Championship. The national rounds were held April 17-18th in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, The University of Texas swept the regional competition and both UT teams advanced to the national competition. UT team members, Christopher Mierzejewski ('09) and Siddartha Rao ('08) won the Regional Championship, narrowly beating Hoggan and Steinberg in final round of the regional competition. In addition, Mierzejewski and Rao won regional awards for Best Advocate and Best Brief.
The UT Giles Sutherland Rich teams are coached by Jennifer Kuhn and her husband, Pierre Hubert. Jennifer, a graduate of Cornell Law School, is a solo practitioner in Austin, Texas. Pierre is a Principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith. He completed the graduate program in engineering at the University of Texas in 1993 before heading to NYU for law school. This is the fifth year Jennifer and Pierre have coached the intellectual property moot court teams and the fourth time they've won the national competition. UT won the 2004, 2005 and 2006 National Championships under Jennifer's and Pierre's coaching.
The law firm McKool Smith, P.C. generously sponsor the intellectual property moot court teams at UT. McKool Smith is a Dallas-based law firm engaged exclusively in commercial, civil trial and appellate litigation throughout the nation. McKool's practice areas include intellectual property, antitrust, technology, class action, contract, environmental, securities and business tort litigation.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association hosts the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, one of the largest national moot court competitions in the nation. Each year the competition problem focuses on issues in intellectual property law, primarily patent 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. Judge Rich was a prominent Federal Circuit judge responsible for shaping much of the current U.S. patent law.