- Apprentice Lawyer
The National Law University Delhi team of Sahil Malhotra, Romit Kohli, and Siddharth Kaushal, has won the 2021 Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot Competition.
This was the biggest Oxford IP moot ever organised. In this edition, 32 teams were selected from various reputed universities across the globe through the memorial rounds that were held twice, once in 2019 and then in 2020. The moot was also one of the longest moots as the problem was released in October 2019 and the moot culminated this year.
In this prestigious international moot competition, the final teams were National Law University Delhi and Osgoode Hall Law School.
The Grand Final (photo above) on March 20, 2021 was judged by Lord Kitchin (Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom), Lord Justice Christopher Floyd (recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales) and Lord Justice Birss (Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales).
NLU Delhi was not the only Indian law school to do well in the competition.
The team from NLIU (pictured above), comprising of Palak Kaushal (Batch of 2021), Utsav Garg (Batch of 2022), and Pravi Jain (Batch of 2022), were adjudged as the semi-finalists. Additionally, Utsav Garg was adjudged as the Third Best Speaker from the Preliminary Rounds.
NLIU had qualified for the world rounds via Memorial Rounds which was held in 2019-2020. Bhavik Shukla (Batch of 2020) was a part of the team during the memorial round qualification after which he graduated.
The moot problem revolved around grant of compulsory license for a medicine that treated a rare disease. Apart from that, the problem also dealt with trademark licensing and quotation exception to copyright infringement.