September 09
Registration for the 2015–2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Opens Next Week!

lefkowitz_winners.jpgNow in its 25th year, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event designed to introduce law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.

In the 2014–2015 nationwide competition, 81 teams from 59 schools participated. This year we hope to exceed that number! 

This year’s challenging (fictional) problem involves TabaCuba, a Cuban tobacco company that has begun importing Cuban CONTRAMAESTRE cigars to the United States following the hypothetical lifting of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. TabaCuba subsequently sued ExpaTabac, which has been importing CONSTRAMAESTREAN COLORADO MADURO cigars to the United States from the Dominican Republic since 2004, for unfair competition and cancellation of ExpaTabac’s corresponding trademark registration. 

The district court found a likelihood of confusion and priority for TabaCuba and granted summary judgment to TabaCuba. The district court also cancelled ExpaTabac’s trademark registration on the ground of primary geographic misdescriptiveness. ExpaTabac appealed, and students are now asked to represent the parties.

Teams interested in entering the competition must complete an online registration form. Registration goes live on Monday, September 14.

Important Dates:

•Week of September 14 – Registration opens

•October 16, 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time – Registration closes

•January 4, 2016, 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time – Briefs and substitution of team members due

•February 6 – Regional Oral Argument Competitions (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco)

•March 12 – National Finals in Washington, D.C.

Please e-mail with any questions you may have. We look forward to your school’s participation.



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