Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic Accepting New Clients

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The Happy Valley LaunchBox Intellectual Property Clinic is accepting new clients statewide. With students from Penn State Law at University Park on staff, the IP Clinic provides advice to entrepreneurs, innovators

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The Happy Valley LaunchBox Intellectual Property Clinic is accepting new clients statewide. With students from Penn State Law at University Park on staff, the IP Clinic provides advice to entrepreneurs, innovators and small businesses, including patentability and trademark clearance searches and application writing to help the client to obtain the legal services he needs.

“The Intellectual Property Clinic provides a unique opportunity for Penn State entrepreneurs and law students,” said the retired Vice Admiral. James W. Houck, acting dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs. “Students gain invaluable experience by welcoming a client, identifying their needs and taking the necessary legal steps to assist the client.”

Law students working at the IP Clinic help real people with the legal side of their business, product or idea. Jonathan D’Silvaassistant professor of law clinic and director of the Intellectual Property Clinic, said, “The Clinic is an experiential learning opportunity for students who get first-hand experience of what it’s like to practice IP in a small business. This gives them the opportunity to deal with clients from initial interviews through to most IP issues they may encounter in practice. »

Third-year Penn State Law student Mohamed Ahmed said he plays an important role in guiding new clients through the intellectual property process — a process that can deter new entrepreneurs or small business owners. to take the next step with their new idea or product if they don’t get the help they need.

“I look forward to hearing clients talk about their ideas. Often inventors and artists think that IP law is a minefield and explaining to them the do’s and don’ts regarding their IP is rewarding,” Ahmed said.

Potential customers are invited to complete an admission form to start the process. D’Silva said, “The IP Clinic client will receive a basic introduction to intellectual property as it relates to their project and, where applicable, students will prepare and file patents, trademarks and copyright registrations. author for them and will sue those before the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office. Students also prepare simple intellectual property licenses and contracts and will perform prior art patent searches and trademark clearance searches. »

D’Silva said the IP Clinic offers these services at no cost for student or attorney time. Customers are responsible for expenses such as government filing fees and costs for preparing drawings or any supporting documentation needed. The IP clinic will also make presentations to economic development agencies and LaunchBox resources.

Penn State law students who work at the IP Clinic are ready to help myriad new clients get the expert support they need. “Meeting new clients is an exciting prospect,” said Penn State Law sophomore Adam Cook. “In a clinic that helps clients with intellectual property needs, anyone can walk through the door. The solo inventor needing help filing a patent for their latest innovation, the small business needing trademark registration, and the freelance artist looking for copyright advice are just a few. examples of what we cover each week. Additionally, the clinic’s students come from a range of STEM backgrounds that allow us to understand our highly technical patent clients while providing relevant advice on the law,” he said.

The Happy Valley LaunchBox IP Clinic provides law students with hands-on experience as IP lawyers working in a small firm. Students help clients protect their ideas, inventions, and businesses and are responsible for researching intellectual property, filing applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and providing advice to their clients.

Third-year Penn State Law student Sarah Rivaud is up for the challenge of helping new clients and learning all she can from the experience. “I love hearing about all the ideas people may have and I love helping them save money or doing what I can to help them achieve their goals. I also enjoy the experience of meeting new clients and providing advice. Every experience helps me be better prepared for a career, so I’m grateful for new clients,” she said.