The Suffolk University Law School's patent moot court team took second place at the national finals of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Patent Law Moot Court competition April 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

Suffolk Law’s loss in the final round is the furthest the school has ever gone in this prestigious, notoriously difficult competition.

Christina Mott and Scott Chappell

Third-year student Christina Mott and second-year Scott Chappell competed against teams from the Iowa College of Law, Columbia, the University of Washington, the University of Utah, the University of Houston, and Michigan State. They argued before federal Judges Lourie, Tarranto, and Chen. This year’s problem involved issues of subject matter eligibility of claims relating to DNA and of subject matter jurisdiction over a licensing dispute.

The Suffolk team won $1,000.

Mott and Chappell advanced to the national finals after winning first place in the Northeast regional competition hosted by Suffolk Law School in March. Sixteen teams competed in the regional round, but only Suffolk and Columbia made it to the finals, with Suffolk taking first place and winning the award for Best Appellate Brief.

IP Clinic Director Eve Brown, professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, and alum Ralph Trementozzi coached and mentored the team.