For the seventh straight year, William Mitchell students reached the final round of the annual Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Cup Competition. The team of Kyle Helgemoe and Dan Parrish were awarded first prize in the final round. In addition, third-year Mitchell students Wendy Bratten and Ariel Howe also competed.
William Mitchell, which has won the MIPLA Cup four times, is the only Minnesota law school to have placed a team in the final round of the MIPLA competition each of the seven years in which it has taken place. Teams present oral arguments before competition judges, who are among the state’s most distinguished intellectual property law practitioners.
MIPLA sponsors the MIPLA Cup Competition to help Minnesota law schools prepare their teams for the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. Mitchell’s teams were coached by Jim Baker ’03, senior intellectual property counsel at 3M.
MIPLA is a non-profit organization formed to promote intellectual property law and enhance members’ professionalism. MIPLA members include attorneys practicing in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law, patent agents, paralegals, and students interested in the practice of intellectual property.
MIPLA is more involved with local law schools than any other state intellectual property association in the country. MIPLA members generously give their time and scholarship dollars to help Minnesota law schools excel in educating future IP attorneys.