Ira Cohen, Esquire, served as a Judge of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition’s regional oral argument competition for the North East Region in New York City, N.Y., at the U.S. Courthouse (U.S.D.C., E.D.N.Y.) in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz, whose entire distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law. The competition introduces 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. The competition is open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. Approximately 80 teams of law students participate in the competition each year.
Students are expected to: Write a brief reflecting the issues in the Fact Pattern/Problem. Argue the case in regional competitions before a panel of volunteer attorneys and, judges from various district and other courts, and two winning teams from each region argue the case in a national competition before members of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Regional Competition takes place in February in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Two teams from each of the regional competitions will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in March.
INTA is the preeminent global trademark and branding rights association in the world. It is comprised of 6,700 organizations and 30,000 trademark professionals from 190 countries.