NUS Law Awarded Powell Gilbert Prize at 14th Annual Oxford Intellectual Property Law Moot

Kelly Tseng ’16 and Sam Yi Ting ’16

NUS Law brought home the coveted Powell Gilbert Prize for the Best Written Submission, a feat last achieved in 2007, and emerged as quarter-finalists in the 14th Annual Oxford Intellectual Property Law Moot. This moot was organised by Oxford University and was held in Oxford, England from 17-20 March 2016. The team comprised of Sam Yi Ting ’16 and Kelly Tseng ’16, who was also ranked 5th in the Top Individual Speakers List.

Coached by Associate Professor Eleanor Wong and Ms Felicia Tan, the duo was selected from students who took the International Legal Process module at NUS Law in 2015.

This year’s moot problem revolved around ambush marketing of the fictitious Erewhon Community Games and complex questions of intellectual property law spanning all civil and common law jurisdictions. After receiving written submissions from universities around the world, the top 24 universities - including NUS - were invited to participate in the oral rounds. Four preliminary rounds were then held over 2 days, during which NUS emerged as one of the quarter-finalists, eventually bowing out to defending champions and eventual runner-up, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Ms Felicia Tan, Yi Ting, Kelly and Associate Professor Eleanor Wong (Photo credit: Edmund Blok)

The team would like to thank the following individuals for their invaluable guidance and support:

  • Coaches Associate Professor Eleanor Wong and Ms Felicia Tan

  • Professor Ng-Loy Wee Loon, Honorary S.C.

  • Ms Elaine Tan, Mr Jason Chan, and Mr Melvin Pang

  • Mr Adrian Chiew, Ms Diyanah Baharudin, and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

  • Oxford IP moot alumni: Ms Suegene Ang, Mr Ramesh Kumar, Mr Chang Qi-Yang, Mr Mathias Goh, Ms Valerie Goh, Mr Sim Bing Wen, and Ms Srruthi Ilankathir

  • Mr Matthew Hunter and Ms Elizabeth Maynard

  • Mr Lau Kok Keng and Mr Daniel Koh

Last but not least, the team wishes to thank NUS Law and the Dean’s Office for generous financial, material, publicity, and moral support.