For the third time in four years, University of Ottawa Common Law students have won the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot championship. The team, coached by Dr. Tracey Doyle and represented by Jeremy Baarbé, Laurent Paulin, Brandon Carter, Adam Soliman and Jenny Thistle, received the Harold G. Fox Cup for best mooting team and the Gordon F. Henderson prize for best appellant factum. The competition took place on February 24-25, 2017 at the Federal Court Office in Toronto.
These accolades further enhance the University’s reputation for mooting excellence, notably in the area of intellectual property law.
Laurent Paulin and Brandon Carter were the highest ranked Appellant team after the preliminary rounds where they and argued in front of federal and provincial court judges and IP practitioners.
During the final round, Laurent and Brandon answered questions from the esteemed bench with grace and confidence. The final round was presided by The Honourable Suzanne Côté, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, alongside Justice Gloria Epstein and Justice Kathryn Feldman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Justice Johanne Gauthier of the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Honourable Roger Hughes, recently retired from the Federal Court.
“It was incredible to have argued in front of a Supreme Court Justice while only in second year law school,” said Brandon Carter of his experience.
The team’s success is certainly attributed to their extensive preparation in the Ian G. Scott Courtroom, the Faculty’s fully-functioning courtroom and adjoining classroom.
The uOttawa Fox Moot team wishes to thank Rideout & Maybee for their sponsorship of the team, BLG for their continued support of the University of Ottawa’s IP moot program, and the lawyers from Osler and Gowling WLG, who provided feedback during team practices. The team also recognizes the support it received from students, clerks, and professors who helped during the countless practice sessions. Special thanks go to the Ottawa IP bench for their generous support of the program.
The team would like to congratulate the University of Alberta for winning the DLA Piper award for best mooter, and the University of Toronto respondent team for winning the Donald F. Sim award for best oral advocate.
The Fox Moot is sponsored by DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and administered by a committee of judges and practitioners. It is named in honour of the late Harold G. Fox, one of Canada’s leading intellectual property scholars and advocates.
Congratulations to everyone on their performances!