Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic - Trademark & Copyright

Students in the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (“IPEC”) will explore intellectual property needs with clients and will assist them in building various aspects of an IP portfolio. Students enrolled in the Trademark and Copyright Specialization will conduct trademark clearance searches, prepare written clearance opinions, and file trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). In addition, students consult with clients on copyright issues and file copyright registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office. On occasion, they may also be asked to counsel clients on protection of confidential and trade secret information, to draft nondisclosure agreements and IP licenses, and to assist with the formation of new business entities.

The clinic participates in the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program for Trademarks, giving students limited recognition to practice before the office for purposes of filing and prosecuting trademark applications while they are in the clinic and working under the supervision of a trademark attorney. All students are eligible to participate in the Trademark Specialization provided that they have completed their first year of law school, are in good standing, and meet the course pre-requisites. Unlike the Patent Specialization, there is no requirement that a student have a technical background in order to participate in the Trademark and Copyright Specialization.

The clinic includes a “classroom” component, consisting of weekly two-hour meetings at the Law School. During these meetings, students receive instruction on practical topics such as how to conduct a trademark clearance search, how to prepare a patent application, how to create a new business entity, and how to draft a nondisclosure agreement. Students may occasionally be asked to brief classmates on their projects and discuss strategy and work plans, as well as ethical challenges they are facing in their client representations.

Students are also required to attend regular office hours every Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, where they will meet with prospective clients to learn about their businesses and discuss their legal needs. Additional meetings with existing and prospective clients may be scheduled throughout the week.

P: Intellectual Property Law Survey (May be waived with written permission from the instructor, where the student has taken multiple relevant IP courses but has not taken the IP Survey).

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course