The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced five law schools that will join the Oatent and Trademark portions of its Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall, and IU Maurer School of Law is among those selected.
Schools were chosen based on their solid IP curricula, pro bono services to the public, and community networking and outreach. As a member of the program, students will be able to practice patent and trademark law before the USPTO under the guidance of an approved faculty clinic supervisor.
The participating law school clinical programs provide patent and trademark legal services to independent inventors and small businesses on a pro bono basis. Clinic clients can expect to receive searches and opinions, advice from clinic law students regarding their intellectual property needs under the supervision of a faculty practitioner, drafting and filing of applications, and representation before the USPTO.
The law school clinical programs possess solid Intellectual Property curricula supporting a participating student’s hands-on learning in the Program, a commitment to networking in the community, comprehensive pro bono services and excellent case management systems. Students in the patent and trademark portions of the Program can expect to draft and file applications and respond to Office Actions. Each law school clinic must meet and maintain the requirements for USPTO certification in order for student practitioners to practice before the USPTO.
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