To participate in either the patent or the trademark clinic, a student will need to have completed at least one year of law school and the prerequisite course “Introduction to IP Strategy”. Trademark clinic participants do not have any further requirements. Patent clinic participants must have an undergraduate education that would qualify them to sit for the Patent Bar Exam. Please refer to the Patent Bar requirements here.
What to Expect
Students participating with the IP Clinic are expected to put in at least 80 hours of work each semester (40 hours per credit and the Clinic is 2 credit hours). This time is consumed by the following: classroom lecture and supervisor training, working on client matters, counseling clients, and providing public lectures, among other possible activities
Ready to Apply?
Applications are accepted year-round. The Clinic generally runs on Saturdays and goes from the end of August to the end of March.
What kind of work do students perform?
Students of the clinic will perform intake interviews, provide counseling in IP matters, evaluate invention or mark disclosures, determine patentability or registerability, counsel on intellectual property strategy, conduct prior art searches, draft patent or trademark applications, review Examiner Office Actions, and provide related counsel to clients on U.S. patent or trademark applications and prosecution. Our students have also assisted from time to time in providing free lectures to the public on intellectual property topics as well.