(Registration by selection only)

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Level: Upper year

Class Schedule



Advanced practical skills training and peer mentoring in written advocacy, including preparation of factums or other written submissions, through participation in a second intellectual property moot competition.

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. CML 3184 (Written Advocacy in Intellectual Property) or the equivalent is a prerequisite for this advanced seminar.

Teaching Method:


Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this class:

Students enrolled in advanced IP advocacy will have previously participated in one or more of the following moot court competitions. In the advanced seminar, students participate at a more advanced level in a competition they have not previously participate in.

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:

Section F is for students enrolled in the seminar who are competing in the Oxford International IP Moot, the written submissions for which are due in December.

Section FJ is for students enrolled in the seminar who are competing in the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot or the Copyright Policymaking Moot, the written submissions for which are due in January or March respectively.

Students enrolled in section F or FJ must also enrol in CML 4185: Oral Advocacy in Intellectual Property in the Winter term.

The prerequisite for this seminar is CML 3184: 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

Exam duration: