Pitblado Lawyers support Robson Hall Students preparing for Fox Moot competition

Posted: April 04, 2019 | Last Updated: May 17, 2019

This year, Pitblado lawyers Robert Watchman, Kelsey Desjardine, Eric Blouw, and Julia Ryckman donated their time and talents to act as practice judges for Robson Hall Law students who were sharpening their advocacy skills in preparation for the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot which was held on February 22rd and 23rd, 2019 in Toronto.

This competition allows second and third-year law students to argue an intellectual property appeal, based on fictional facts. The Fox Moot promotes the furtherance of education in the field of intellectual property, and provides participants with the opportunity to interact with jurists of the Supreme, Ontario, and Federal Courts and experienced practitioners of intellectual property law. It is named in honour of the late Harold G. Fox, one of Canada’s leading intellectual property scholars and advocates.

Four Robson Hall Law students, along with Pitblado Intellectual Property Lawyer Kelsey Desjardine, travelled to Toronto to compete against other Canadian Universities, and represented Manitoba well. Along with the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba students were the only Western Canadian representatives at this year’s event.

Pitblado Law’s Articling Student-at-Law Elizabeth Czyrnyj attended last year’s competition in Toronto and had this to say about her experience, “Participating in the Fox Moot allowed me to hone my advocacy skills and increase my confidence while competing against other Canadian law schools by presenting arguments before various Federal Court judges and Intellectual Property subject matter experts and lawyers.”

To learn more about the Fox Moot, click here.


Robert Watchman is a Partner and the Firm’s senior intellectual property lawyer, providing advice and representation with respect to trade-marks, copyright, patent, industrial design and plant-breeders rights.

Kelsey Desjardine advises clients on intellectual property and entertainment law issues including trade-marks, copyright, contracting and domain name disputes. Kelsey is also the Co-chair of the Technology & Intellectual Property Section of the Manitoba Bar Association.

Eric Blouw practices in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, and has appeared at all levels of court in Manitoba.

Julia Ryckman practices in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Business, Labour and Employment and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She is also Sessional Instructor of Copyright Law at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law.