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Moot Court - Competition Teams : Sutherland/Patents

A research refresher and other "things to know" for those upper level students who are representing UNH Law in the national Moot Court competitions.


The AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition is celebrating its 47th year in 2020. Named for a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit who was the most distinguished jurist in the field of patent law in the world.   

The competition is divided into five regional competitions followed by a national competition among the top two teams from each region.

  • Priority deadline for submission of Notices of Intent to Compete is Friday, December 13, 2019 (11:00 pm local time).
  • All Notices of Intent to Compete must be submitted by the final deadline of Friday, January 17, 2020 (11:00 pm local time).
  • Briefs for Regional Rounds must be served by Monday, February 3, 2020 (11:00 pm local time).
  • All Regional Rounds will be held over three days from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2020.
  • Briefs for teams advancing to the National Rounds must be served by Friday, March 27, 2020 (11:00 pm local time).
  • The National Rounds will be held over three days from Wednesday, April 15 to Friday, April 17, 2020.

2020 Program:




Applicable Court Rules for Briefs

The Official Rules of the competition proscribe that the brief conform to both the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Federal Circuit Rules.

"Briefs shall be formal Appellant and Appellee briefs that conform to Rules 28, 32, and 32.1 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) as modified by Rules 28, 32, and 32.1 of the Federal Circuit Rules (Fed. Cir. R.), with the following exceptions: i. FRAP / Fed. Cir. R. 28(b) and FRAP / Fed. Cir. R. 28(c) shall not apply. Both Appellant and Appellee shall include a jurisdictional statement, statement of issues, statement of case, and statement of standard of review in each brief. No Reply Brief is permitted"

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has posted these rules at

Please read them carefully.


Patent Law Resources - Electronic

Beyond Lexis and Westlaw

Take a look a the variety of resources that the Law Library licenses for Intellectual Property which include some of the following general IP and Patent materials.  

You might also find some helpful things in the IP Mall


Click on the "Practice Area" tab and go to the Patent Law link.  This page includes databases to research cases, statutes, administrative materials as well as case settlements, dockets, and news.  Includes many major treatises

All Patent Law Treatises, Practice Guides & Jurisprudence 

such as:



Available by looking under "Secondary Sources" and then clicking in the Topical menu (scroll down) under Intellectual Property.  You'll find targeted ALR's as well as well known treatises

All Intellectual Property Texts & Treatises

Also, check out the Practice Pages Tab and go to the Intellectual Property link.  This starting page provides IP news with links to research sources on the right-hand side of the page.  Don't overlook the Patents & Applications specific area under "Tools and Resources".  


Look at the Patents Law topic page (got to the home page, then to the "Law School Success" section, click on "upper-level resources" and then click on "Patents".

Includes Patent cases, laws and regulation, regulatory agencies (domestic and international) and books and treatises such as: 

UNH Law Library

Use the UNH School of Law Library's catalog to find print and electronic primary and secondary legal resources, treatises, journals, databases, government documents, and other materials owned or licensed by the Law Library. It also has a newer collection of Ebooks on many topics. Check out the Advanced Search to filter to the content you want..