The Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center provides services from its locations at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to offering academic courses for law students at the University of Maryland School of Law, the Center also presents workshops and lectures on intellectual property issues of relevance to high technology and biotechnology start-up companies. The Center was designed to have three distinct components: an academic program, a clinical program, and a public policy and ethics program.
- Through its academic component, the Center offers academic courses for credit to law students, as well as presenting workshops and lectures on intellectual property issues of interest to start-up companies. In the future, the MIPLRC may develop academic offerings for local attorneys, entrepreneurs and scientists, and it may also provide in-house training programs for employees and management of emerging companies.
- Through the Center’s clinical component, law students provide intellectual property and related legal services to high tech start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs. All services are provided free of charge. Since July 2002, approximately 300 clients have received legal services provided by more than 90 student attorneys.
- The Center’s public policy component is still evolving. The MIPLRC plans to provide a forum for discussion of ethical and public policy issues relating to the biotech industry, such as gene patenting and licensing, privacy of genetic information, and use of human tissue and human subjects for research. We seek to accomplish this goal by sponsoring seminars and roundtable discussions on relevant topics and by providing information to local companies on relevant legislation pending at the state and national levels.