The Catholic University of America

L-R: Professor Megan La Belle, Wade Cowart, Kelly Hightower and Nida Hasan.

CUA Moot Court Team Shines in Intellectual Property's
Version of March Madness

On a basketball court, they would have cut down the nets when it was over. Catholic University law school students Kelly Hightower (2D) and Wade Cowart (3E) bested 17 other teams to win the Northeast Regional at the 36th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, hosted on March 20-22 by Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

The annual competition is organized by the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Four regional competitions held in Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Silicon Valley. This year's competition centered on patent exhaustion and joint-inventorship. Students also addressed other issues relating to implied license and standing.

In the first round, the Columbus School of Law team successfully argued against Temple University and the University of Virginia. The following day, Saturday, the duo was pitted against George Mason University in the semifinals, prevailing to advance to the championship round.

On Sunday Hightower and Cowart came out on top again, outscoring George Washington University's team to win the regional championship. Both schools qualify to move on to the national championship rounds, to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 22-24.

The CUA team received generous praise for their oral arguments from judges in all three rounds of the competition.

"This was a great experience," said Cowart. "I'd like to thank my extraordinarily gifted co-counsel Kelly, and acknowledge the dedication and wise counsel of IP Vice-Chancellor Nida Hasan and our coach and faculty advisor, Professor Megan La Belle."


Echoing Cowart's thanks to the team's supporters, Hightower said, "It is a great honor to be able to represent Catholic in this competition. I am grateful for all the support from my colleagues, friends and family."

The victorious team also extended special thanks to Professors Lisa Everhart, Elizabeth Winston and A.G. Harmon for the significant roles they played in teaching intellectual property law and preparing them for the competition.