Law School Clinic Certification Program

2014 Expansion

The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") announced the expansion of the Law School Clinic Certification Program ("Program"). Nineteen additional law schools joined the Program in Fall 2014. Five law schools joined both the Patent and Trademark portions of the Program, four law schools joined the Patent portion of the Program, and ten law schools joined the Trademark portion of the Program. These law schools joined the 28 law schools that were already 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: lawschoolinformation@USPTO.GOV
Phone: 571-272-4097

What It Is

The Law School Clinic Certification 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.

 

Participating Law Schools

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

**ACCEPTANCE AS A CLIENT IS
SUBJECT TO THE LAW SCHOOL’S
REQUIREMENTS AND DISCRETION

Participating Law Schools

E-mail Address

IP Practice Area

Geographic Area**
(from which the law school may accept clients)
American University, Washington College of Law

ipclinic@wcl.american.edu

Trademarks

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Only
Arizona State University College of Law

patent_clinic@asu.edu (patents)

Trademark_clinic@asu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

All United States
Brooklyn Law School

BLIP@brooklaw.edu

Patents

All United States
California Western School of Law

TrademarkClinic@cwsl.edu

Trademarks

All United States
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

lawclinic@case.edu

Patents

Northern Ohio Only
Fordham University School of Law

IPILClinic@lsls.fordham.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Northeastern United States Only
Howard University School of Law

tmclinic@law.howard.edu

Trademarks

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Only
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

ipclinic@indiana.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Indiana Only
Lewis & Clark College School of Law

sblc@lclark.edu

Trademarks

Oregon Only
Lincoln Law School of San Jose

ipclinic@lincolnlawsj.edu

Patents and Trademarks

All United States
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

businesslaw@luc.edu

Trademarks

Chicago, Illinois Area Only
New York Law School

ptoclinic@nyls.edu

Patents

All United States
North Carolina Central University School of Law

ipclinic@nccu.edu

Patents and Trademarks

North Carolina Only
Northwestern University School of Law

elc@law.northwestern.edu

Trademarks

Illinois Only (preference to Chicago, Illinois Area)

Roger Williams University School of Law cedc@rwu.edu

Trademarks

Rhode Island and surrounding States Only
Rutgers Law School - Newark

jkettle@kinoy.rutgers.edu

Trademarks

All United States
Saint Louis University School of Law

LegalClinics@slu.edu

Trademarks

Missouri and Illinois Only
South Texas College Of Law

patent@stcl.edu (patents)

trademark@stcl.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

Texas and Louisiana Only  (Patents) All United States  (Trademarks)

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

patentclinic@smu.edu (patents)

trademarkclinic@smu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas and Northern Texas on a limited basis
Texas A&M University School of Law

patents@law.tamu.edu (patents)

trademarks@law.tamu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

All United States
The George Washington University School of Law

sbced_uspto_intake@law.gwu.edu

Trademarks

District of Columbia Only
The John Marshall Law School

patentclinic@jmls.edu (patents)

trademarkclinic@jmls.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

All United States (preference to Illinois and Midwest States) (Patents) All United States  (Trademarks)

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

PatentClinic@tjsl.edu (patents)

TrademarkClinic@tjsl.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

Southern California and Baja, California (Patents) San Diego County, California  (Trademarks)
University of Akron School of Law

trademarkclinic@uakron.edu

Trademarks

All United States
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

uspto@law.ucla.edu

Patents and Trademarks

All United States (preference to Southern California)
University of Colorado Law School

elawclin@colorado.edu

Patents

Colorado Only
University of Connecticut School of Law

iplawclinic@uconn.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Connecticut Only
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

IPClinic@udmercy.edu

Patents

All United States (preference to Michigan and Ohio) and Ontario, Canada
University of Idaho College of Law

trademarks@uidaho.edu

Trademarks

Idaho Only
University of Maryland School of Law

miplrc@law.umaryland.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Maryland and District of Columbia Metro Area Only
University of New Hampshire School of Law

ipclinic@law.unh.edu

Trademarks

All United States
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

whitede@email.unc.edu

Trademarks

All United States
University of Notre Dame Law School

ipclinic@nd.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Midwestern United States Only
University of Puerto Rico School of Law

ipclinic@ferraiuoli.com

Patents and Trademarks

Puerto Rico Only
University of San Francisco School of Law

lawclinic@usfca.edu

Trademarks

All United States
University of Tennessee College of Law

bkrumm@utk.edu

Trademarks

All United States
University of Washington School of Law

elcinfo@uw.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Washington Only
Vanderbilt Law School

legal.clinic@vanderbilt.edu

Trademarks

All United States
Wayne State University Law School

patentclinic@wayne.edu

Patents

All United States
West Virginia University School of Law

eilc-admin@wvulaw-eilc.net

Trademarks

All United States
Western New England University School of Law

marie.fletcher@law.wne.edu

Trademarks

Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut Only
William Mitchell College of Law

jean.backes@wmitchell.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Upper Midwestern United States Only

 

 

USPTO Law School Clinical Certification Program Participating School Map

 

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.

 

Additional Information

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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