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Law School Clinic Certification Pilot

2014 Expansion Notice

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is opening the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit a limited number of additional law schools to commence participation in the upcoming fall 2014 academic semester.  Complete application submissions from interested law school clinical programs will be accepted on a rolling basis from March 3, 2014 through June 2, 2014.

 

Complete applications and requested materials should be sent to:

    MAIL STOP OED
    Office of Enrollment and Discipline
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
    ATTN: Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program
    P.O. BOX 1450
    Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450


Questions regarding the Program, requirements, or the application may be directed to OED:

    Jennifer A. Harchick, Staff Attorney, OED
    James M. Silbermann, Staff Attorney, OED
    Email:  lawschoolpilotinformation@USPTO.GOV
    Phone:  571-272-4097

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What It Is

The Law School Clinic Certification Pilot program allows law students enrolled in a participating law school’s clinic program to practice Intellectual Property Law before the USPTO under the strict guidance of a Law School Faculty Clinic Supervisor.  The program currently consists of students practicing in both patent and trademark law before the USPTO.  The program is administered by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.  The Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline grants the law students limited recognition to practice before the Office.

Students gain experience drafting and filing either patent applications or trademark applications for clients of the law school clinic.  Further, as they are authorized to practice before the USPTO, they gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with either patent examiners or trademark examining attorneys for the applications they have filed.

 

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Participating Law Schools

The law schools listed below participate in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program.  Please contact the school at the listed e-mail address if you wish to make general inquiries or request legal services.

 

Participating Law Schools

E-mail Address

IP Practice Area

American University, Washington College of Law

 ipclinic@wcl.american.edu

Trademarks

Arizona State University College of Law

 patent_clinic@asu.edu (patents)

Trademark_clinic@asu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

California Western School of Law

 TrademarkClinic@cwsl.edu

Trademarks

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

 lawclinic@case.edu

Patents

Fordham University School of Law

IPILClinic@lsls.fordham.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Howard University School of Law

tmclinic@law.howard.edu

Trademarks

North Carolina Central University School of Law

ipclinic@nccu.edu 

Patents and Trademarks

Rutgers Law School – Newark

 jkettle@kinoy.rutgers.edu

Trademarks

South Texas College Of Law

 trademark@stcl.edu

Trademarks

The George Washington University School of Law

 sbced_uspto_intake@law.gwu.edu

Trademarks

The John Marshall School of Law

 patentclinic@jmls.edu

Patents

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

 PatentClinic@tjsl.edu (patents)

TrademarkClinic@tjsl.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

University of Akron School of Law

 trademarkclinic@uakron.edu

Trademarks

University of Colorado Law School

 elawclin@colorado.edu

Patents

University of Connecticut School of Law

 iplawclinic@law.uconn.edu

Patents and Trademarks

University of Maine School of Law

mainepatent@maine.edu

Patents and Trademarks

University of Maryland School of Law

 miplrc@law.umaryland.edu

Patents and Trademarks

University of New Hampshire School of Law

 ipclinic@law.unh.edu

Trademarks

University of Notre Dame Law School

ipclinic@nd.edu

Patents and Trademarks

University of Puerto Rico School of Law

 ipclinic@ferraiuoli.com

Patents and Trademarks

University of Richmond School of Law

 ipclinic@richmond.edu

Trademarks

University of San Francisco School of Law

lawclinic@usfca.edu 

Trademarks

University of Washington School of Law

elcinfo@uw.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Vanderbilt Law School

 legal.clinic@vanderbilt.edu

Trademarks

Wayne State University Law School

 patentclinic@wayne.edu

Patents

West Virginia University College of Law

 eilc-admin@wvulaw-eilc.net

Trademarks

William Mitchell College of Law

 jean.backes@wmitchell.edu 

Patents and Trademarks

 

Map for the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

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Request to Make Special Program 2012

The Request to Make Special Program provides law students with the practical experience answering Office Actions and communicating directly with the USPTO as they will be more likely to receive substantive examination of applications that they file within the school year.

 

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Additional Information

Law Schools interested in participating should continue to monitor this website for announcements of an expansion. 
Questions regarding the pilot program may be directed to the Office of Enrollment and Discipline:

    Phone: 571-272-4097
    E-mail: lawschoolpilotinformation@uspto.gov 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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