William Nix to serve as a "Supreme Court Justice" in Pepperdine Law School's 19th National Entertainment Law Moot Court CompetitionProtection Group
On November 30th, William Nix is serving as a "Supreme Court Justice" in the Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition takes place at Pepperdine University School of Law. Each team has the opportunity to argue novel entertainment law issues before some of the best entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles.
This year's hypothetical focuses on two issue centering on nominative fair-use, where the defendant has used the plaintiff's trademark to describe the plaintiff's product in connection with the marketing or sale of the defendant's product. The issues before the "Court" are: (1) whether the Supreme Court should adopt a nominative fair-use defense, even if there's a finding of a "likelihood of confusion;" and, (2) if yes, how should such a nominative fair-use defense be applied?
Each team, consists of two or three students, and has the opportunity to argue novel entertainment law issues before some of the best entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles. All teams argue three preliminary rounds. Advancement from the preliminary rounds to the elimination rounds is based on the teams' win/loss records, with point differentials used when necessary. Advancement during elimination rounds is single-elimination. A panel of judges will grade all of the briefs, and the average brief grades will count for 40% preliminary rounds, 20% quarter-finals, 10% semi-finals and 0% during the final round.
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