Coach Rob McCord sent the following report about the University of Baltimore Trademark Law Moot Court Team of Michael Brook and Katherine Bloom:
Arriving even sharper than they were at their second-place finish at regionals in New York City, the University of Baltimore Trademark Law Moot Court team of Michael Brook and Katherine Bloom took the Best Oralist Team Award in the national finals of the Saul Lefkowitz Competition held at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The East Region put in a good showing as the other East Region winning team from Georgetown University, which at the regional level won Best Brief, Best Oralist and First Place, placed third at nationals and took home Second Place Oralist Team. The UB team argued in front of panels consisting of administrative trademark judges from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and interlocutory attorneys from the USPTO. During critiques, the UB team was complimented for its level of preparation, knowledge of the record and use of the law. The two were also praised for their ability to answer questions and return to their argument, to stand their ground under extensive questioning from a five-judge panel, and to use examples from case law to illustrate the main points of their arguments. The judges further remarked on the team members’ ability to present policy considerations and distinctive examples that a court could use to rule in favor of their clients. The team is grateful to Professors Will Hubbard, Byron Warnken and John Bessler for taking the time to moot them and to provide valuable feedback as they prepared for nationals.
Wrote McCord: “I was once again very happy to be associated with such hard-working students and appreciate everyone’s assistance in achieving their success.”