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Competitions & Awards

AIPLA provides a major award and competition throughout the year.

Both programs - (1) The Robert C. Watson Award; and (2) The Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, are designed to give students further experience with the concepts and realities of a career in IP Law.

I. Robert C. Watson Award

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) has sponsored this competition for many years to encourage interest in intellectual property issues. We present the award each October at our annual meeting in Washington, DC


To be eligible for consideration, articles must be:

  • Written solely by a full-time law student(s)
  • Postmarked to AIPLA on or before June 30, 2011
  • Approximately 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 typed pages)
  • Submitted with 20 copies
  • Accompanied by the writer’s name, current address, phone number, e-mail address and employment information if appropriate.

2010 Winner- Matthew Kellogg, Stanford Law School

Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to
July 1, 2010.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the Watson Award on October 21, 2011. Send articles to:

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Watson Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-415-0780

Click here to download 2011 Robert C. Watson Award Poster  (PDF)


II. The Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition — Presenting Problems in Intellectual Property Law


The American Intellectual Property Law Association is pleased to announce the 37th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. The competition is 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 2011 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition is divided into four regional competitions followed by a national competition among the top two teams from each region. The regional competitions will be held in Houston, Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Boston on the weekend of March 11-13, 2011. The National Finals will take place in Washington, DC on April 13-15, 2011.

Each participating school may enter as many as two teams of two students each, chosen in any manner satisfactory to the school. (See Rule 4 for applicable restrictions where a school has multiple teams.) The team will be required to submit thirteen copies of each brief that will be served on the regional director and one copy of each brief that will be served on each other team in the region on or before January 28, 2011.

If your school intends to participate in the competition, you must notify one of our regional directors in writing no later than January 21, 2011 (see Rule 6). You may enter in a region other than that in which your school is located. The regional directors are listed in Appendix A.

The National Director of the competition is Diana Luo; Chad Pannell and Samuel Ehab are co-chairs of the Young Lawyers Committee.

Click here to download 2011 Moot Court Competition Poster (PDF)

Click here to download the materials for the 2011 Moot Court Competition


AIPLA Fellows Award

This award is presented by the AIPLA Fellows. There is no competition planned for 2009. To learn more about the competition in general, click here.

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2011 Watson Poster (PDF File)
2011 Moot Poster (PDF File)
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