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Stephen Selznick and Stephen Henderson Coach Successful Osgoode Hall Law School IP Mooting Team

Publish: 03/20/2017

Team Reaches Quarter-final Success and receives Allen & Overy Prize  at the 2017 Oxford International INTELLECTUAL Property Moot Competition

Competing against over 50 top teams from around the world including from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and the U.K., the Osgoode Hall Law School team brought home the hardware over the weekend winning the Allen & Overy Prize for the highest ranking team in the preliminary rounds (factum and preliminary knock-out oral competition rounds).

The Osgoode Hall Team lost out in the quarter-final oral eliminations by an infinitesimal mathematical margin to  the team from Bucerius Law School from Hamburg, Germany, who went on to finish first in the overall competition.  Much credit should go to the Osgoode Hall Law School team for dealing with a very difficult patent and extended passing-off problem having direct application to the issuance of a government sanctioned patent monopoly over an invention having significant public policy concerns either directly or by off-patent use, that is applicable to real life IP protection currently being sought by enterprising inventors for inventive cannabis and personalized medical apparatus, compositions of matter, processes and methods.  Remarkable is that that the Osgoode team was able to champion the European Union patent rules and methods of patent construction against teams like the ultimate winner from Germany who were playing with a home court advantage in this regard.  Even more remarkable was the fact that the Osgoode Hall Law School Team  faced a late-in-the-season replacement of a key team member – the replacement serving admirably with only a month to get up to speed on oral argument and answers in response to questions from the bench.

Thank you to Justices Abella and Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada and Justice Hughes of the Federal Court for their time in grilling the team from the  bench in preparation for the Moot Competition, as well as to Professors D’Agostino and Vaver from Osgoode Hall Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School Phd. candidate Aviv Gaon, for their insight and advice throughout.