The Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic
Experiential education and development of practical skills is a major focus of the IP Program. The centerpiece of the program is the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic ("IPEC"), a project of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center. Clinic students provide intellectual property and business law services to high tech startup companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping to move their ideas from concept to execution
IPEC participates in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinical Certification Program. Students receive limited recognition to practice before the USPTO while they are enrolled in the clinic and working under the supervision of licensed attorneys, allowing them to file and prosecute trademark and patent applications on behalf of clinic clients. Students also provide advice on copyright matters and assist with filing copyright registrations; they help clients formulate a strategy for protecting trade secret and other confidential information; they draft intellectual property licenses, nondisclosure agreements, and other contracts; and they provide assistance with business entity selection and formation.
IPEC enjoys a close working relationship with UMB’s Graduate Research Innovation District (“The GRID”) and previously held weekly office hours at The GRID’s BioPark facility. Watch for our new location coming soon!