Mitchell Team Wins Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association Cup

Third-year Mitchell students Kyle Helgemoe and Dan Parrish won first prize in the 2014 Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Cup IP Moot Court Competition. 

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 Cup Competition each of the seven years in which it has taken place. This year’s competition included five teams from Minnesota’s four law schools.

Teams presented oral arguments in a simulated appeal of an intellectual property dispute to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The competition was judged by some of the state’s most distinguished intellectual property law practitioners. Helgemoe and Parrish received $3,000 scholarships for winning the competition.

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 21–23.

Mitchell teams did well in the Midwest Regional Competition, with the Helgemoe/Parrish team and a team of third-year Mitchell students Wendy Bratten and Ariel Howe finishing among the top eight teams out of 25. 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.