QUT team makes moot quarter-finals

(From left) Associate Professor Lucy Cradduck, Laila Bowden and Marli Simpson at the Tangentem lecture, Pembroke College. Photos: Supplied

QUT’s mooting team of Marli Simpson and Laila Bowden (oralists) recently qualified for the quarter-finals in this year’s oral rounds of the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot.

Last month’s moot, held at Oxford Law School and Pembroke College, had teams arguing about the validity and infringement of a sneaker midsole patent and the unregistered design right of its lacing system.

The QUT team was one of only 28 invited to participate and supported Madeleine Goss (researcher) and coached by Associate Professor Lucy Cradduck.

Invitations are issued based on the quality of written memorials submitted in December 2023.

Laila and Marli before the quarter-final.

After four preliminary round moots (and three wins, including one over the University of New South Wales), Marli and Laila progressed to the quarter-finals.

After a 45-minute deliberation by the three bench judges, the team narrowly lost to the University of Technology Sydney. The ultimate winner of the competition was the University of Ottawa who beat UTS in the semi-finals.


The QUT team was kindly assisted in its preparation practice moots by various members of the profession and former mooters.

They also were privileged to have had separate practice appearances before President Debra Mullins of the Court of Appeal, Justice Peter Applegarth of the Supreme Court and Justice Sarah Derrington of the Federal Court.

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