IP Advocacy

The IP Advocacy course allows a small number of elite students to obtain the practical skills and experience they need to be outstanding intellectual property lawyers. Students are rigorously trained in written and oral advocacy, and acquire first-hand experience in the art of winning arguments.

University of Ottawa Law students have the opportunity to participate in two intellectual property moots, the Harold G. Fox Canadian Intellectual Property Moot, and the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, and the new Canadian Intellectual Property Policy Moot.

The Faculty of Law’s mooting program has garnered increasing prestige and attention in recent years due to its exceptional performances in national and international competitions; our success at these IP moots has been particularly extraordinary. Our students have won both Harold G. Fox Canadian Intellectual Property Moot and the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot several times and gather numerous awards over the years.

Moot tryouts occur annually in the fall.

Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot

The Fox Intellectual Property Moot focuses on practical problems of Canadian domestic intellectual property. It is perhaps the single best opportunity you’ll have during law school to network with and impress the who’s who of Canada’s IP bar and judiciary. Competition typically involves about a half-dozen teams representing law schools primarily in Ontario but potentially from across Canada.

The University of Ottawa team may be comprised of up to 4 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 (by Dimock Stratton, LLP) to compete in the Oxford Moot the following year. The Fox IP Moot is also ideally suited to second-year students because it presents an incredible, practical opportunity to enhance your job prospects.

Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot

The Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot involves a combination of international and comparative domestic and foreign law. Competing and succeeding against the world’s most prestigious schools, in the historic environment of Oxford, can’t be beat. 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 3 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.

Canadian Intellectual Property Policy Moot

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is participating in new policy moot created by Heritage Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

More information to come.

IP Advocacy course - Non-competing students

The IP Advocacy course offers some spots for students who want the benefits of top-notch advocacy training, but can’t commit to the workload of full participation in a moot court competition

The non-competing students will hone their written and oral advocacy skills through the lens of the same intellectual property problems that their peers are working on. And they will do the same readings on how to be a better advocate. Instead of submitting a factum for the official moot competitions, they will instead submit to me a bench memo (in November/December) and a draft judgement (in January/February). The bench memo letter helps students understand the differences between making an argument to win in court and the advice judges might be receiving about the case from their clerks. The draft judgement is an opportunity to see how judges may perceive the arguments they’re hearing, and to translate that into a concrete outcome in the case.

Students will learn oral advocacy skills from the other side of the bench. Instead of rehearsing arguments, these non-competing students will hear their peers make arguments. Watching this exercise will reinforce to students what works well and what doesn’t. They’ll see a variety of styles in action, and then appreciate the best approaches that they can implement when the time comes.

Importantly, these students will be “firewalled” from the competition students, in strict accordance with the rules of Fox and Oxford moot competitions. Like the coach (i.e. me) and other external resource persons, these students will not provide any research, editorial or other additional assistance to competing mooters. Rather, they will work in parallel, reporting directly to me.

Their relationship with the competing students will not go beyond a general discussion of the issues, suggestions as to research sources and consultations regarding oral advocacy technique. Assistance shall be limited to general commentary on argument organization and structure, the flow of arguments, and format. They may not make any substantive contribution to the preparation of written submissions, or engage in behaviour that is considered contrary to the spirit of the mooting competition.


To apply for one of these positions, you may but do not need to audition.

Application and Tryouts

In mid-September, you must submit to the Common Law Secretariat office a hard-copy application package addressed to Professors Jeremy deBeer and Daimsis, including:

  • A brief cover letter indicating and ranking the moots you are applying for;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Your most recent law school transcript (unofficial copies);
  • A 2-page excerpt from a writing sample; and
  • Your current course schedule.

For more information

Prof. Jeremy de Beer
Coordinator, Moots in Intellectual Property

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