April 6, 2017
Fitch Even partner Joseph T. Nabor served as National Committee Vice Chair of the 26th annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, presented by the International Trademark Association (INTA). Joe has been a member of this committee since 2006, and will serve as its Chair for 2017–18. The National Finals were held on March 18, 2017, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. This year, 71 teams from 55 law schools nationwide participated in this year’s competition, with 10 teams advancing to the finals.
Partner Alisa C. Simmons served as Vice Chair of the Midwest Regional Competition Committee, helping to plan and host the regional oral argument competition that took place on February 11 in Chicago, with 14 teams of students participating from 10 law schools located in the Midwest. Alisa has worked on this committee since 2009. Fitch Even partner John E. Lyhus once again served as a brief-reading judge for the Midwest Regional Competition, a role he has held since 2008.
This annual competition was established in 1990 in honor of Saul Lefkowitz, past chair of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is the only moot court competition in the U.S. with a focus on trademark and unfair competition law. Dolores Hanna, former Fitch Even partner and past INTA president, was fundamental in the creation of this competition. Its objective is to introduce law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Law students who participate in the competition have the opportunity to develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.
Founded in 1878 and now serving professionals from 190 countries worldwide, INTA is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.