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Law School Clinic Certification Pilot

2014 Expansion

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announces the expansion of the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program (“Program”).  Nineteen law schools join the Program this fall. Five law schools join both the Patent and Trademark portions of the Program, four law schools join the Patent portion of the Program, and ten law schools join the Trademark portion of the Program.  These law schools join the 28 law schools currently participating in the Program.

 
Questions regarding the Program 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

Brooklyn Law School

BLIP@brooklaw.edu

Patents

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

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

ipclinic@indiana.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Lewis & Clark College School of Law

sblc@lclark.edu

Trademarks

Lincoln Law School of San Jose

ipclinic@lincolnlawsj.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

businesslaw@luc.edu

Trademarks

New York Law School

ocel@nyls.edu  or 

ClinicalExperientialLearning@nyls.edu

Patents

North Carolina Central University School of Law

ipclinic@nccu.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Northwestern University School of Law

elc@law.northwestern.edu

Trademarks

Roger Williams University School of Law

TBD

Trademarks

Rutgers Law School – Newark

 jkettle@kinoy.rutgers.edu

Trademarks

Saint Louis University School of Law

LegalClinics@slu.edu

Trademarks

South Texas College Of Law

patent@stcl.edu (patents)

trademark@stcl.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

patentclinic@smu.edu (patents)

trademarkclinic@smu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

Texas A&M University School of Law

patents@law.tamu.edu (patents)

trademarks@law.tamu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

The George Washington University School of Law

sbced_uspto_intake@law.gwu.edu

Trademarks

The John Marshall Law School

 patentclinic@jmls.edu (patents)

trademarkclinic@jmls.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

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 California, Los Angeles School of Law

uspto@law.ucla.edu

Patents and Trademarks

University of Colorado Law School

 elawclin@colorado.edu

Patents

University of Connecticut School of Law

 iplawclinic@uconn.edu

Patents and Trademarks

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

IPClinic@udmercy.edu

Patents

University of Idaho College of Law

ekempton@uidaho.edu

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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

Birckhead@unc.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 San Francisco School of Law

lawclinic@usfca.edu 

Trademarks

University of Tennessee College of Law

bkrumm@utk.edu

Trademarks

University of Washington School of Law

elcinfo@uw.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Vanderbilt College of Law

 legal.clinic@vanderbilt.edu

Trademarks

Wayne State University Law School

 patentclinic@wayne.edu

Patents

West Virginia University School of Law

 eilc-admin@wvulaw-eilc.net

Trademarks

Western New England University School of Law

marie.fletcher@law.wne.edu

Trademarks

William Mitchell College of Law

 jean.backes@wmitchell.edu 

Patents and Trademarks

 

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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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