For Our Students:
Penn State Law’s Intellectual Property Clinic (“IP Clinic”) will give you the opportunity to put legal theory you are learning to practice in IP matters for clients. As a 2L or 3L student in the IP Clinic, you will work pro bono directly with clients, the USPTO, and law faculty, under the supervision of the Clinic Director. You will practice and become more adept at your skills in research, advocacy, client contact and counseling, and administrative and transactional practice, while crafting strategies that advance your client’s goals and objectives. The Clinic’s clients will likewise advance their goals to secure their IP rights to help them build their businesses.
For Potential Clients:
The Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic provides pro bono (free) IP counseling services to individuals, start-ups and small businesses with limited financial resources and who are therefore considered to be in need of such services. Penn State Law IP Clinic students perform the services under the supervision of the clinic director. The director screens inquiries from potential clients who apply using the application attached to this webpage.
As a student-driven legal clinic we must be very selective in the matters we accept and can only handle a limited number of them. Accordingly acceptance as a client of the Clinic is not guaranteed, and is ultimately based upon availability of resources, educational value for our law students, absence of conflicts of interest, and financial need of the client.
The IP Clinic does not charge a fee for its services, but any government fees required for a service such as for example a patent application filing fee to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is the responsibility of the client at the time such fee is incurred. While the Clinic will assist clients on a range of IP matters, it concentrates on transactional matters and will not handle contested matters or litigation. Examples of the services provided by the Clinic are general IP counseling, patent searches and patentability advice and opinions, U.S. provisional and non-provisional patent application filings and prosecution, trademark and copyright matters, and IP agreement and licensing matters.
PLEASE NOTE: Completing and submitting an application or otherwise contacting the IP Clinic does not establish an attorney-client relationship between applicant and the IP Clinic. The IP Clinic will not begin doing applicant’s work until the applicant and IP Clinic both decide that the applicant will become an IP Clinic client and unless and until an engagement letter has been signed by both applicant and the IP Clinic. While the application for services is under review and until there is an engagement letter signed by both the applicant and the clinic, no attorney-client relationship exists (the applicant is not a client of the IP Clinic). The applicant of course has the right to continue to look for an attorney and decline legal services from the IP Clinic (if offered).