The Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic (IPEC)
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!
IP Students enjoy numerous opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities designed to enhance their academic experiences and introduce them to the legal profession.
- The Journal of Business and Technology Law explores issues at the intersection of business and intellectual property law. In addition to publishing two issues of the journal each year, the editorial board organizes an annual symposium on business and technology questions.
- The Maryland Intellectual Property Student Association (MIPSA) is dedicated to encouraging and developing student interest in intellectual property law. MIPSA organizes lectures by prominent scholars and practitioners, career panels and networking events, and visits to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.
- The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Association organizes law school events designed to encourage the academic and professional growth of its members, and it enjoys a close working relationship with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
- The Maryland State Bar Association and its Intellectual Property Section welcome participation by law students in the numerous events offered each year, including an annual career panel, Bright Ideas Baltimore, and frequent roundtable and networking events.
- Maryland Carey Law students are invited to participate in the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court as Law Student Pupils, allowing them to attend monthly programs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, network with practicing IP attorneys, and participate in a mentorship program.