Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic


Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic provides students with valuable experience in applying substantive intellectual property law to client problems, and offers assistance to local businesses and entrepreneurs with counsel on intellectual property related issues. Students work under the close supervision of the clinic Director, Jodi Clifford, a patent attorney who has substantial private practice experience.

The clinic is a participant in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program.

Information for Potential Clients

The clinic does not charge a fee for its services, but if there are any government fees required for a service, such as a patent application filing fee to the U.S. Patent and Trademark, the client is responsible for those government fees. While the clinic will assist clients on a variety of intellectual property related matters, it is focused on transactional matters and will not handle litigation or contested matters. Exemplary matters include patent searches and provisional patent preparation, trademark searches and registration, as well as intellectual property agreement and licensing issues.

If you are interested in becoming a client, please contact Professor Clifford.

Information for Students

The clinic provides students the opportunity to work directly with clients, develop practical skills, and gain experience counseling and advising clients on intellectual property issues. Under the close supervision of full-time faculty, students will take primary responsibility for the cases and clients to which they are assigned. Students receive five credit hours and are graded on the quality of their work and the amount of responsibility they assume for meeting client needs.

The clinic includes a classroom component focused on substantive intellectual property law and core lawyering skills, such as interviewing and counseling clients. The classroom component is a mixture of lecture, discussion, and simulations. Participation in the classroom component is required for the course.