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Patent and Trademark Clinic Fellows

Students will receive practical, hands-on experience while working at the on-site clinic. They will work individually or in two-person teams representing local businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, and inventors to help them protect their intellectual property. Such representation will include analysis and opinions on patent and trademark registrability; completion of patent applications (provisional and non-provisional), federal trademark registrations, and copyright registrations; infringement analyses; assistance in responding to USPTO office actions; and preparation, negotiation and review of intellectual property licenses. Students will be expected to work approximately 8-12 hours a week on clinical matters, with 3 of those hours spent in the clinic office at pre-assigned times. During those office hours, students will receive weekly individual supervision.

In the in-class component, students will attend a weekly class of two hours in length to discuss some of the intellectual property concepts relevant to the client matters assigned to them, to share experiences, challenges, and accomplishments in working with their clients, and to work on skills important to the effective practice of law (e.g. client interviewing and counseling, effective oral and written communication, file maintenance, and legal ethics/professionalism).

What will students learn?
Students will experience what it’s like to engage in an attorney-client relationship, to assume primary responsibility for meeting a client’s legal needs, and, hopefully, in that process, come to realize their value as an attorney and to gain confidence in their abilities. In addition, students will learn about:

  • steps in the patent/trademark application and prosecution process
  • managing a client relationship and client interactions, including the handling of potential ethical issues
  • issues relating to IP licensing and litigation
  • how a small law office operates , including procedures for client intake, file maintenance, project tracking, timekeeping, and scheduling
  • the importance of pro bono service.