2014 National IP LawMeet®

The 2014 National IP LawMeet® is the premier lawyering competition for students contemplating a transactional practice focused on Intellectual Property (IP). The 2014 National IP LawMeet® is part of the LawMeets® family of live, interactive educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience to develop and hone their transactional lawyering skills.

2014 National IP LawMeet® Topic

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About the 2014 National IP LawMeet®

The 2014 National IP LawMeet® will take place in the fall of 2014. There will be an East Coast Meet hosted by University of Pennsylvania Law School and a West Coast Regional Meet hosted by Santa Clara University School of Law. The top two performing teams (one from each side) of each Regional Meet will participate in a National Meet at BakerHostetler on Friday, November 14th, 2014.



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The primary goal of the 2014 National IP LawMeet® is to provide each participant a meaningful and engaging simulation of transactional IP practice. The Meet involves three distinct phases. First, students work in teams to draft a transactional agreement in which IP rights constitute a key element. Second, each team completes a mark-up of one of the opposing team's drafts. Finally, opposing teams negotiate the contours of the deal. Each team will represent one of two parties to a proposed transaction involving the transfer of IP (i.e., the owner or the transferee). While participating students should have a basic knowledge of IP law, students need not have technical knowledge of any particular field. Even though IP will form the backbone of the agreements being drafted, these are the very type of deals that all transactional lawyers at law firms or in-house counsel at corporations draft on a daily basis. Although the specific deal being drafted will change from year to year, each agreement will represent a typical paradigm for the IP transactional legal practice. Examples of such deals could include an IP licensing deal, a corporate acquisition of IP assets, an employment agreement where the services rendered include the production of IP, a theatrical pick-up distribution agreement or a partnership agreement for the exploitation of IP in new media outlets.

Expert Judges

A panel of experts from private practice will evaluate each team's success in achieving the goals of the parties to the transaction. The winning team will be the one that adeptly combines its lawyering skills, drafting, and negotiating techniques with their knowledge of contract, corporate and IP law. Teams will also be evaluated for their business acumen and ability to structure innovative and creative solutions for modern IP problems within the transactional setting.

Teams

Participating teams are endorsed by their respective law school. Up to 24 teams will be invited to participate in the 2014 National IP LawMeet®.


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Logistics

Phase I: Drafting Stage

Each participating team will be provided with 1) a statement of the context of the transaction; 2) facts specific to their client's situation, including a video recording of a meeting with the client to discuss the proposed transaction; and 3) a precedent form of agreement.

Each team will prepare and submit a proposed agreement outlining the significant terms for the deal by Friday, September 26, 2014. Teams have an opportunity to ask questions of their client during a client conference call on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Phase II: Mark-Up

Each team will receive the proposed agreement of one of the two teams it will face during the Meet's two rounds of negotiations. Each team will then prepare a mark-up of this draft agreement. All mark-ups are due on Friday Oct. 10, 2014. Like the drafting stage, teams have an opportunity to ask questions of their client on a conference call on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

Phase III: Negotiations

For negotiations, teams will gather at the West Coast Regional Meet (hosted by Santa Clara University School of Law) or the East Coast Regional Meet (hosted by University of Pennsylvania Law School) on Friday, October 17, 2014. Every team will participate in two negotiation rounds. During the rounds, teams will encounter the teams whose draft agreement they previously marked-up.

Based on the teams' performances during the rounds, the top performing team from each side of West Coast Meet and East Coast Meet will be selected to advance to the finals to compete for the IP LawMeet® National Championship.



A panel discussion will immediately follow the final round of the West and East Coast Meets. The final round panel, the teams and the audience will discuss the transaction, the draft agreements and the team performances.

The National LawMeet will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at BakerHostetler. Specific details to follow.

Awards

In addition to the awards for the West and East Coast Finalists, awards for the two best draft agreements in each region will be presented at the conclusion of the panel discussion. National Championship titles will be awarded at the conclusion of the National Meet.

Particulars

To secure a place at the 2014 National IP LawMeet®, a team must pay a $500 non-refundable fee. You can register and pay on the registration page. Teams must provide their own transportation and lodging. Certain meals at the Meet will be provided. Arrangements for discount hotel accommodations will be made. Details regarding hotel arrangements and local transportation can be found here. For further information, please email contact@lawmeets.com.