PTAB Moot Court Competition

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) are hosting a new moot court competition for law school students. This new PTAB Law School Moot Court Competition will provide law school students a unique opportunity to develop written and oral advocacy skills in the context of an America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceeding.  

Competition scope   Coaching  Dates and logistics   Frequently asked questions

The 2024-2025 PTAB Moot Court Competition

The competition will launch in an introductory capacity in fall 2024, and the competition organizers will invite up to 10 teams to participate in the competition held during the 2024-2025 academic year. We intend to expand the competition to accommodate more teams for the 2025-2026 academic year.

The USPTO and PTAB invite law schools to express interest in participating in the 2024-2025 PTAB Moot Court Competition by submitting an interest form using the button below. Interest forms for the 2024-2025 academic year are due on March 31.

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Competition scope

Each team will prepare briefs on behalf of both the mock petitioner and patent owner in the proceeding. APJs will evaluate and score each team’s briefs. Additionally, APJs will provide written feedback about the advocacy and persuasiveness of each team’s briefs.

After completion of the briefs, each team will participate in a live oral hearing, conducted virtually, before a panel of three APJs. Each team will argue twice, once on behalf of the petitioner and a second time on behalf of the patent owner. Upon conclusion of each oral hearing, the APJ panel will provide feedback. 

To aid participating teams, PTAB judges (who are not coaching) will offer optional training sessions to educate students about the AIA trial process, written and oral advocacy best practices, and other practice tips. These optional sessions will be held virtually at select times over the course of the competition. For example, teams will have the option to attend a virtual training session about the AIA trial process at the start of the competition, then attend another virtual training session about effective written advocacy before written briefs are due, and finally attend the last virtual training session about effective oral advocacy before the oral hearings are held.

APJ coaching

Each team participating in the competition will be paired with a coach who is a current PTAB Administrative Patent Judge (APJ). Having current APJs as coaches will give teams the unique opportunity to learn directly from APJs. Teams can expect to gain practical tips and experience in best presenting a case before the PTAB.

Dates and logistics

Interest forms for the 2024-2025 academic year are due on March 31.

Schools will be selected for the competition by April 30 and will have until May 15 to accept and identify their team members.

Problem materials for the competition will be released in fall 2024. The written submissions will be due in early 2025. The oral hearings will take place in spring 2025. 

There is no entry fee for the competition.

More details on the competition, including rules, scoring criteria, and key dates, will be available soon.

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Frequently asked questions