Joanne Clifford

Joanne Clifford

Director, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law

Office: 1112 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-4015
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Jodi Clifford is the founding director of Notre Dame Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, where she teaches and practices intellectual property law. Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2011, she was a patent attorney at Thompson Hine, LLP and is admitted to practice in Indiana, Ohio and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

At Thompson Hine, her practice incorporated all aspects of intellectual property law, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, analysis of patent portfolio scope and value, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, and preparation and prosecution of federal trademark and copyright registrations. In addition, Clifford drafted and negotiated numerous intellectual property agreements, including technology development and patent licenses, joint developer agreements, enterprise resource program agreements, software development agreements, end user licenses and technology licenses. She also advised clients on privacy and data security issues related to web site development, e-commerce and corporate data retention. 

Clifford earned her B.S. from The Ohio State University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2001. Prior to law school, she was a software engineer at Lockheed Martin and IBM, where she designed, implemented and tested display and operator controls for a prototype active sonar system.

Courses Taught

LAW75724, IP & Entrepreneur Law Clinic I
LAW75728, IP & Entrepreneur Law Clinic II
LAW70907, Intellectual Property Licensing
LAW75910, Patent Drafting

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent Law