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Level: Upper year

Class Schedule



Advanced practical skills training and peer mentoring in oral advocacy, including strategies and techniques for oral submissions, through participation in a second intellectual property moot competition.

Intellectual Property Advocacy is an experiential learning opportunity that gives students the practical skills and experiences they need to become successful intellectual property advocates—especially in administrative, trial or appellate courtrooms, but also in national legislative processes, international lawmaking forums, and even media or other public debates.

The course runs in two parts. Part I focusses on written advocacy (3 credits in the Fall or January term). Part II focusses on oral advocacy (3 credits in the Winter term). All students must enroll in both parts of the course, for a total of 6 credits.

Participation is by application only, with requirements and administrative details to be released in early September.

Teaching Method:


Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this class:

IP Advocacy is built upon, but not limited to, closely supervised participation in three competitive moots. In effect, the moot problems serve as the dynamic, substantive content around which lessons are structured, as well as the method of evaluation.

Experiences are enhanced with organized seminars and workshops on specialized legal research, advocacy skills, procedural rules and strategies, and presentation techniques. The course also develops students’ collaboration and mentorship skills through extensive interaction with peers and builds professional relationships through the involvement of members of the intellectual property bar and judiciary. Students will learn from invited lecturers, both on- and off-campus, as well as site visits to watch leading litigators in action.

The Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot focuses on problems of Canadian domestic intellectual property. The University of Ottawa team may be comprised of up to five students. In making selections, strong preference will be given to 2nd year students, because one of the Fox Moot prizes is guaranteed entry and paid travel to the Oxford Moot the following year.

The Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot involves a combination of international and comparative domestic and foreign law. Participants must find, synthesize and cite law from throughout the world, but especially the European Union, United States, United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. Teams from universities including some of the world’s most prestigious institutions in many different countries compete in the Oxford Moot. The University of Ottawa team may include up to three participants. In making selections, strong preference will be given to 3rd year students from the previous year’s Fox Moot team. As part of their work on the Oxford Moot, these 3rd year students will be expected to mentor and support the Fox Moot team of 2nd year students.

The policymaking competition is unlike any other course or moot. Rather than preparing a factum, we’ll teach you the art of a different sort of persuasive writing: the “Memorandum to Cabinet”. And instead of arguing before judges, you’ll be trained to persuade Cabinet Ministers and other senior policymakers that your ideas should become law. This component of the course stems from a collaboration between the Departments of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), and the faculties of law at leading Canadian law schools. It has been conceived as a way for students to gain instruction and experience in public policy thinking, drafting and briefing.

Additional Requirements or Recommendations:

The prerequisites for this seminar are CML 3185 (Oral Advocacy in Intellectual Property) and CML 4184 (Advanced Written Advocacy in Intellectual Property).

Materials Used:

Open access reading materials made available online.

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

Evaluation is based upon participation, teamwork, leadership, professionalism, and quality of written outputs.


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

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