Intellectual Property Entrepreneurship Clinic (2 credits)
This clinic will provide students with the opportunity to represent start-up companies as they develop their plans to commercialize their technology. The clinic will be based out of the Shaker LaunchHouse or other local incubator sites. In particular, students will focus on intellectual property issues that start-ups face, such as assistance in securing patent rights, which may include drafting patent applications; patent and know-how licensing and related transactional work; securing trademark rights; and general counseling related to building a strategic position in a given competitive space.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has selected Case Western Reserve University School of Law to participate in the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. The Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program provides law students the opportunity to practice patent law before the USPTO. Each of the 27 participating law school clinics provides services to clients on a pro bono basis.
Our School of Law will also participate in the newest component, the Patent Pilot Petition to Make Special Program, which allows the law school to designate a set number of patent applications per academic semester to be advanced out of turn, in order to provide the students with more immediate feedback. Each school must certify that they provide all patent clinic clients with patentability searches and opinions prior to qualifying for advancement out of turn.