Law School Clinic Certification Program

Update:  The USPTO has extended the deadline for submitting applications for participation in the Law School Clinic Certification Program to December 29, 2017.  For more information please see below.

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

Patents and Trademarks

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Only
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law

patent_clinic@asu.edu (patents)

Trademark_clinic@asu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

All United States
Baylor Law School

iplawclinic@baylor.edu

patents@baylor.edu (patents)

trademarks@baylor.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks Texas Only
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

Indiana University
McKinney School of Law

  Patents and Trademarks  
Lewis & Clark Law School

sblc@lclark.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Oregon Only
Lincoln Law School of San Jose

ipclinic@lincolnlawsj.edu

Patents and Trademarks

All United States
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

jean.backes@mitchellhamline.edu

Patents and Trademarks

Upper Midwestern United States Only

New York Law School

ptoclinic@nyls.edu (patents)

trademarkclinic@nyls.edu  (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

All United States
North Carolina Central University School of Law

ipclinic@nccu.edu
 

Patent and Trademarks

North Carolina and South Carolina Only
Northeastern University School of Law ipcolab@northeastern.edu Trademarks Massachusetts
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

elc@law.northwestern.edu

Trademarks

Illinois Only (preference to Chicago, Illinois Area)

Roger Williams University School of Law bsuc@rwu.edu

Trademarks

Rhode Island and surrounding States Only
Rutgers Law School

jkettle@kinoy.rutgers.edu

Trademarks

All United States
Saint Louis University School of Law

LegalClinics@slu.edu

Trademarks

Missouri and Illinois Only
Seattle University School of Law TMclinic@seattleu.edu Trademarks Washington, Alaska, Montana, Nevada,
Utah and Wyoming
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
Southern University Law Center sulctechclinic@gmail.com Patents and Trademarks Louisiana Only
Suffolk University Law School ldarden@suffolk.edu Patents and Trademarks Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island
Syracuse University College of Law trademarks-cdlc@syr.edu​ Trademarks New York Only
Texas A&M University School of Law

patc-info@law.tamu.edu (patents)

tmc-info@law.tamu.edu (trademarks)

Patents and Trademarks

Texas Only
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)
Tulane University Law School TLSIPLab@tulane.edu Patents and Trademarks Louisiana Only
University of Akron School of Law

trademarkclinic@uakron.edu

Trademarks

Northeast Ohio
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Law-IPClinic@list.arizona.edu

Patents Arizona Only
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 Nebraska College of Law eclinic@unl.edu Trademarks Nebraska 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 Richmond School of Law   ipclinic@richmond.edu Trademarks All United States
University of San Francisco School of Law

lawclinic@usfca.edu

Trademarks

All United States
University of St. Thomas School of Law Commencing participation
January 2018
Trademarks  
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

Washington University in
St. Louis School of Law

EIPAssistance@wulaw.wustl.edu

Patents Missouri and Illinois
Wayne State University Law School

patentclinic@wayne.edu

Patents

Michigan Only
Western New England University School of Law

marie.fletcher@law.wne.edu

Trademarks

Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut Only

USPTO Law School Clinical Certification Program Participating School Map

2016 EXPANSION

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has opened the Law School Clinic Certification Program to admit additional law schools to commence participation therein.  Complete application submissions from interested law school clinical programs will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The deadline for submitting an application has been extended from June 30, 2017 to December 29, 2017.  Applications from interested law school clinics will be examined for admission into the Program as they are received.

A copy of the application packet can be found at:

2016 Law School Application Packet

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 Program
P.O. BOX 1450
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450

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

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

2016 REPORT TO CONGRESS

As required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) Law School Clinic Certification Program Act (P.L. 113-227), the Office of Enrollment and Discipline of the USPTO submitted a report to Congress on behalf of the Director of the USPTO on December 14, 2016. This report fulfilled the requirements of the act by describing the number of law schools and law students participating in the Law School Clinic Certification Program (“Program”), the work done through the Program, the benefits of the Program, and any recommendations for modifications to the Program.

A copy of the Report to Congress can be found at:

2016 Law School Clinic Certification Program Report

WEBINAR

Request to Make Special Program

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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