The UMKC School of Law IP LawMeet team, comprised of David Adams, Blair Barbieri, and Weston Mills, performed in competition this weekend. The regional level of competition consists of receiving a problem and having two client communications, drafting an agreement or term sheet, marking up two other teams’ documents after an additional client call, and then undertaking four rounds of negotiations in one day. This year, the problem involved an agreement between the owner of a massive online game, Snowstorm, and a movie company, Joshua Tree, to possibly turn the game into a movie. The problem involved a great deal of copyright and trademark issues.
The team competed in the Western Regional IP LawMeet at Santa Clara Law School, representing Joshua Tree. The negotiations rounds were against Baylor, William & Mary, New Hampshire, and UC Davis. From the regional competition, two teams advance to the National Rounds, one that is the top team representing Joshua Tree and one for Snowstorm.
UMKC Law came out on top as the Joshua Tree winner, and will advance to the National competition in two weeks, where it is anticipated that they will face the Snowstorm winners from the Western Regional and the Eastern Regional.
Congratulations to the team both on their deep knowledge and skill in negotiations and their success in the competition. Thanks go out to Philip Krause, who graciously coached the students as a licensing/negotiating expert and also to to Rebecca Stroder for lending her expertise and Malika Simmons for judging a practice scrimmage round. The team also received help in strategizing and scrimmaging from Stephen Krogmeier (2L) and additional assistance from Mark Moore (2L).