Friday, September 14, 2012
SAN DIEGO (August 31, 2012)—Today, the University of San Diego School of Law launched a new Intellectual Property (IP) Law Clinic. The clinic gives students the opportunity to provide free legal services while gaining real-world experience. Working under the supervision of a local law firm, IP Clinic students provide legal services to San Diego companies on a variety of intellectual property issues including trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets.
“Our IP program teaches students how IP rights work as part of business models, in addition to teaching them IP law,” said CIPLM Director and Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law David McGowan. “Our new clinic adds a hands-on element to this education, from which both students and companies will benefit.”
Clients participating in the IP Clinic range from San Diego-based small business owners and new start-ups, to seasoned entrepreneurs and even university professors who want to protect their intellectual property. Clients must demonstrate financial need and present an intellectual property issue that is meritorious.
The type of work students provide varies from filing trademark applications and replying to responses, registering copyrights and conducting prior art searches with respect to patents. Students gain experience with demand letters and responses, as well as litigation. Other clients may need a global intellectual property evaluation for new businesses (i.e., what do I do in order to protect my intellectual property rights?).
The IP Clinic program is led by USD School of Law Professor Ted Sichelman, who also heads the law school’s Tech Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, and USD School of Law Adjunct Professor Dana Robinson, a practicing San Diego IP attorney with deep entrepreneurial roots. Both clinics work in conjunction with the law school's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Markets. Led by McGowan, this center trains students in the fundamentals of intellectual property laws and in the ways clients use intellectual property (IP) rights to compete in real-world markets. USD’s focus on the role of IP rights in markets distinguishes it from other, more traditional IP centers.
The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Markets trains students in the fundamentals of intellectual property laws and in the ways clients use intellectual property (IP) rights to compete in real-world markets. USD’s focus on the role of IP rights in markets distinguishes it from other, more traditional IP centers. It also provides a forum where lawyers, clients, judges and policymakers can share ideas about IP doctrines and policies. The center’s policy workshops also provide opportunities for students and community members to engage in discussions about current IP policy issues, focusing on the intersection between economic analysis and IP policy.
About USD School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 1000 JD and graduate students from around the United States and throughout the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of tax, intellectual property, international law, public interest, and business and corporate law. USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to The Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.