Intellectual Property Clinic

OUR clinic

Lincoln Law School of San Jose


We are unique.

The IP Clinic is a first in many regards. It is the first patent clinic in Northern California and Silicon Valley, the first trademark clinic in Silicon Valley (the second in Northern California), and the first (and only) non-ABA school to ever be admitted into the USTPO clinic program.

Lincoln Law School of San Jose is distinguished in its offering of intellectual property (I.P.) coursework and focus coupled with an opportunity to interact directly with the USPTO because it is one of only a limited number of patent and trademark clinics nationally.

We invite you to learn more about the Clinic and look forward to potentially providing you with services.

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Earn hands-on experience.

The IP Clinic allows students to have “hand’s on” experience in working with professors, inventors, businesses, and other local entities. Under the direction of a supervising attorney or licensed patent agent, students work with clients in areas of trademarks and patents. Students interact directly with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to file and prosecute patent and trademark applications. The Law School provides many courses relating to IP and has many faculty members with a background specifically focused on patents, copyrights, or trademarks.

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose continues more than a 100-year tradition of seeking to provide California with lawyers who possess practical skills and superior ability. The Law School is an opportunity school--a school that seeks a student body as diverse as the population of our state and provides quality legal education to individuals who are qualified to study and practice law but who, because of prior economic or social circumstances, might not otherwise be able to do so.

Our distinguished faculty is composed of judges and practicing attorneys, who not only know their subject areas but, as a rule, have practical legal experience in the area of the law they teach. The faculty is dedicated to the mission of providing an equal opportunity to those seeking to become California lawyers. It is a hallmark of our faculty that they are here primarily because of their love of the law, their love of teaching, and a fervent desire to impart their legal knowledge to the next generation of attorneys. A union of spirited faculty and students, seeking to quench their thirst for knowledge, creates an elixir conducive to a cooperative learning process. While this process is demanding, it is also rewarding for both professor and student.

Our Team


Britten Sessions

Associate Dean of IP

About Britten

Britten Sessions is a patent attorney at Zilka-Kotab, PC. He has years of experience in working in every stage of the patent process, including early-stage IP opportunities, strategic preparation, and procurement of patents, and alignment of patent portfolios with business strategies. Additionally, Professor Sessions is Associate Dean of IP and directs the Clinic program. He teaches several classes relating to intellectual property, patent practice, and IP portfolio strategies. He has authored many publications, including a 600-page textbook, and several peer-reviewed articles.

Mr. Sessions grew up in Orange County, California, received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University, and then received his J.D. from Santa Clara University. 

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Christine Orich

Patent Attorney

About Christine

Christine Orich is a adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Law School of San Jose, where she directs the Saturday sessions and mentors students in the IP Clinic. She facilitates and teaches classes relating to IP, with a focus on patent prosecution. Christine has over 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law, as in-house counsel and in private practice. Christine’s current practice focuses on providing IP-related legal counsel to a wide range of innovators and technology companies based in Silicon Valley and worldwide. Christine has been ranked by Best Lawyers in Americain the fields of Patent Law and Information Technology Law.


Iryna Vyshynska

Trademark Attorney

About Iryna

Iryna Vyshynska is an attorney, with international background and law firm experience, counseling clients on all aspects of trademark filing, prosecution, post-registration management and enforcement activities, domestically as well as internationally, across technical, business and marketing units. Ms. Vyshynska also provides legal advice on copyright matters, handles domain name disputes under a UDRP proceeding, and negotiates settlement agreements.

Due to her varied background, both in academia and through work experience, Ms. Vyshynska possesses a strong understanding of different legal systems, providing her ability to intelligently articulate complex legal issues and rules of foreign jurisdictions and interact with culturally and geographically diverse foreign legal teams.

Ms. Vyshynska is an active member of INTA, and she has served on the “Indigenous Rights” committee, International Initiatives and Policy Analysis sub-committee, for two consecutive terms. Ms. Vyshynska holds a JD, with honors, from National University Odessa  Law Academy, Ukraine, and an LL.M., Dean’s Honors List, from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Vyshynska is licensed to practice law in the State of California, New York and Ukraine, and she is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, and proficient in Polish.  

In her spare time, Ms. Vyshynska enjoys hiking, practicing yoga/Pilates, doing puzzles and playing piano. Ms. Vyshynska is a strong supporter of education, especially for underprivileged children.  

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Richard Bridgeman

Patent Agent

About Richard

Richard Bridgeman spent 25 years in various computer engineering, physics and other technical disciplines before founding his patent boutique. Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Richard has drafted and prosecuted many hundreds of patent applications for clients such as Oracle, NVIDIA, Yahoo, NetLogic, Philips LumiLEDS, and other Global/Fortune 100 companies. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patents, Richard's patent practice includes portfolio management for several well established Silicon Valley startups.

Richard loves living in the "really big cities" and hails from Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo and San Francisco Bay Area. He holds BSEE and an MSS degrees, with a focus on computer software/hardware and chemical physics.

Our Support

Because we are a pro bono clinic, we exist based on partners, donations, and the generous time of others.