IP Law Clinic students represent individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in a broad range of intellectual property (patent, trademark, and copyright) and related business law issues. The clinical experience provides intensive training in both the relevant law and practical skills relevant to intellectual property law practice.
Students will spend three hours per week in class and approximately eight hours per week working on client matters. Class topics fall into four general segments relating to intellectual property:
- Nuts and Bolts (basic lawyering skills and legal ethics)
- Other topics (antitrust, due diligence).
The clinic's law students are involved in all aspects of client matters, including but not limited to conducting interviews, legal research, and drafting documents. Under the guidance of supervising attorneys, they have advised clients regarding numerous legal issues including patent, trademark and copyright searches/clearances and applications; licenses and related contract drafting; nondisclosure and employee confidentiality agreements, and business entity formation.
A scientific or engineering background may be helpful but is not required. Prerequisite: Intellectual Property (LAW 7715) or Patent Law (LAW 7716) or Trademark Law (LAW 7939).