This full-year clinic will be offered for the fourteenth year in 2015-2016. It will be staffed by Director Prof. Victoria Phillips as well as by Prof. Peter Jaszi and Practitioner-in-Residence Brandon Butler. The clinic concentrates on client representation that helps student attorneys better understand the concept of the public interest in copyright, patent, trademark, and allied fields.
Student attorneys in the clinic will participate in both individual client matters and policy matters advocating change in the law. Individual matters will involve advising creative artists, non-profit organizations, small inventors and entrepreneurs, scholars, traditional communities, and others who otherwise would not have access to high-quality intellectual property law services, as well as representing them before various agencies (Copyright Office, Patent and Trademark Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, etc.). Policy projects will be designed to promote intellectual property law reform, and may include filing amicus briefs in high-profile legal cases and administrative proceedings, preparing reports on current issues, and conducting legislative advocacy.
The clinic calls on student attorneys’ resourcefulness and intellectual flexibility and rewards participants with practical exposure to a wide array of lawyering skills and issues. Applicants for this clinic should have taken (or be intending to take in the fall semester) at least one intellectual property course as well as Evidence. Applicants with more extensive academic/practical experience in intellectual property law may be given preference in admission to the clinic. Those who designate this clinic as a first choice are encouraged to discuss their interest in intellectual property as part of the applicant essay.