University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Law Students Take Top Honors at Recent Moot Court Competitions

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March 19, 2013


Pitt Law students returned from two recent intellectual property moot court competitions having earned national recognition for both themselves and Pitt Law. Robert Lo and Dave Coogan competed for Pitt in the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court, earlier this month in New York City. Although the team did not make the final rounds, Dave Coogan was awarded with the competitions overall 2nd Place prize for oral advocacy. The Cardozo/BMI Moot Court focuses on copyright and entertainment law issues. This year’s problem echo’s the Kirtsang v. John Wiley case, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court in raising issues about whether copyright’s “first sale” doctrine applies to goods manufactured outside of the United States, and whether the doctrine of “laches” can apply to copyright infringement claims filed within the statute of limitations set by the Copyright Act.

Competing in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition on Patent Law, team members Matt Bedsole and Dan Klodowski beat out over 30 other law schools to finish in 2nd place in the recent regional competition in Boston, Massachusetts and will advance to next month’s national finals in Washington, DC. The Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Association and focuses on patent and related issues. This year’s problem involved complex substantive and procedural issues arising from a patented smartphone software applications. In advancing to the national finals, the Pitt Law Team will be one of only eight law school teams competing for a chance to appear in the final round before a panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Cardozo/BMI team was coached by Richard Rinaldo, a member of the Williams Coulson law firm here in Pittsburgh, and David Oberdick, Of Counsel to the firm of Meyer, Unkovic and Scott, LLP. The Giles Sutherland Rich team is coached by Adjunct Professor Lynn J. Alstadt, a shareholder in the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.

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