The University of Texas School of Law swept the regional rounds of the 2008 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition held in Houston, Texas, March 14-16, 2008. This is the third time that UT has swept the region and the fourth time in the last five years that UT has won the Regional Championship. This year's Regional Champions, Christopher Mierzejewski ('09) and Siddartha Rao ('08), narrowly beat their team members Jared Hoggan ('08) and Alexis Steinberg ('09) in the final round. In addition, Mierzejewski and Rao also won awards for the Best Appellant Brief and Best Advocates. Four regional competitions are held each spring with the two top teams from each advancing to nationals. Both UT teams will now head to the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 16-18, 2008.
The UT Giles Sutherland Rich teams are coached by Jennifer Kuhn and 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 will be the fourth time they've taken their teams to the national competition. UT won the 2004, 2005 and 2006 National Championships under Jennifer's and Pierre's coaching.
The law firm of McKool Smith, P.C. generously sponsors 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.
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