For the sixth straight year, a team of William Mitchell students reached the final round of the annual Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Cup Competition. Third-year Mitchell students Rebekah Vite and Stephanie Hilstrom were awarded second place in the final round. Third-year Mitchell students Kristen Clark and Michael Tsoi also competed, finishing in third place, narrowly missing out on achieving an all William Mitchell final.
William Mitchell, which has won the MIPLA Cup three times, is the only Minnesota law school to have placed a team in the final round of the MIPLA competition each of the six 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, which held its Midwest Regional Competition March 15-17. In the Midwest Regional Competition, the Vite/Hilstrom team was one of the top eight teams out of 28 teams competing, advancing to the semi-final round. 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.