Ten teams competed in the East Coast Regional Round of the 3rd annual Intellectual Property LawMeet held at Suffolk Law School on Friday, Nov. 1.
The competition asked law students to represent one of two sides in drafting and negotiating a joint development agreement for a promising new 3D printing technology.
Teams representing Wayne State, University of Pennsylvania, Charlotte College of Law, American University College of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, William and Mary Law School, Temple University School of Law and New York Law School participated in the eastern semi-finals.
Law professors Rebecca Curtin and Jessica Silbey, along with Eve Brown who is director of Suffolk’s IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic, coached the Suffolk Law student team: Christina Mott and Charles Naggar.
The competition topic was a negotiation between a research group developing the ink and a printer manufacturer over a 3D printing joint venture. The teams had to consider shared intellectual property out of the joint development, trade-secret protection, seconded employees, continuing research and business past the joint-development stage, and protection of prior intellectual property.
Teams worked for two months before the competition drafting agreements, interviewing “clients” and marking up the other side’s proposed agreements.
Teams sat face to face for the first time at Suffolk Law School to hammer out the final details of the proposed deal.
Judges in the competition included lawyers from the Boston and Cambridge area, including those from Goodwin Procter, Ropes and Gray, the Berkman Center at Harvard, Wolf Greenfield and Lando Anastasi.
Finalists at Suffolk Law earned spots in the national round held virtually a week later, with the four competing teams negotiating by videoconference.
LawMeet is the premier interscholastic competition for law students interested in transactional practice with a focus on intellectual property law.