The Intellectual Property Law & 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 Law Clinic, a project of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center. Clinic students provide intellectual property and related legal services to high tech startup companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping to move their ideas from concept to execution
The IP Clinic 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, 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.
Through a collaborative relationship with the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (“Mtech”), the IP Clinic has offices in the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) Incubator on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park. Our close relationship with the School of Engineering and Mtech’s TAP Incubator ensures that students are exposed to the excitement of the startup community and cutting edge technologies from Maryland.