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First-ever IP moot held

|Written By Robert Todd

Future stars of the intellectual property bar now have a place to hone their skills as students thanks to the country’s first-ever IP moot, the Harold G. Fox Moot.

The event was founded by Windsor Law Prof. Emir Mohammed and Prof. Mohamed Hashim, and sponsored by Toronto IP boutique firm Dimmock Stratton LLP. Mohammed and Dimmock Stratton partner Angela Furlanetto acted as co-chairs for the inaugural event.

Last month’s moot brought together eight teams of law students from the University of Western Ontario, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, McGill University, Windsor University, University of Alberta, and Osgoode Hall Law School. Judges attended from the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court, and the Ontario Superior Court. Several lawyers also acted as panelists.

Western Law students Shane Gonsalves and Adriana Morrison took top honours at the moot. Adrian Howard of the University of Ottawa took best oralist honours, while Tavengwa Runyowa and Matthew Paik of the University of Ottawa received the award for best factum.

The moot is named after Fox, who was one of Canada’s top intellectual property scholars and advocates.

Click below for a video on the event.