The American Bar Association Section of Litigation sponsors the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) for diverse students to participate in a full-time summer internship program with judges in the state and federal judiciary. One facet of JIOP includes placing students in internships with an Intellectual Property Law focus.
IP Clinic alum, Eric Levi, interned for the Honorable Pauline Newman at the CAFC. While in chambers, Eric researched and drafted opinions and prepared bench memoranda. According to Eric, “The experience demystified the inner-workings of the court. Listening to Judge Newman’s descriptions of why the court was established and how the law has evolved provided context to current judicial decisions. And being surrounded by such intelligent, enthusiastic law clerks further reinforced my passion for intellectual property law.”
JIOP also hosts receptions and networking events throughout the summer. Internships are available across the United States and applications must be submitted by the first week of January.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted students and faculty participating in its Law School Clinic Certification Program on April 10, 2017. IP Clinic Student Eric Levi and patent faculty supervisor David Grossman represented the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic at the event. Faculty and students from law school clinics from across the country attended this full day of presentations and discussions with USPTO administrators, examiners and judges. Participants also attended a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board hearing where General Mills argued in favor of obtaining a trademark for a yellow box containing wheat based toroidal shaped cereal (Think Cheerios). Finally, students and faculty had the opportunity to network with participants from other schools. The IP Clinic has participated in the USPTO student practice program since it was established as a pilot program more than ten years ago.
From the start of the academic year, the IP clinic set out to develop a useful contribution to the ever growing industry of tech start-ups. In addition to client matters—which ranged from trademark oppositions and registrations to documentary fair use analyses to discrete copyright duration and registration issues—the IP clinic students worked as a team to launch a toolkit on IP-related issues for start-up companies, with a focus on the tech industry. They customized and built an online questionnaire that future IP clinic students will use to capture essential information that will be used to structure the forthcoming tool kit.
And in true clinic fashion, the IP clinic students then put the knowledge and experience they harnessed throughout the year into action in WCL’s first ever “IP Tips and Tricks for Startups” presentation, which took place on the law school’s state-of-the-art Tenleytown campus. For this event, the clinic hosted five start-up companies from American University’s on-campus incubator and provided them with tailored, high-level lessons on four areas of IP law: trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secrets. The start-up entrepreneurs were energized and engaged in the presentations and Q&A sessions, and afterwards the IP clinic students were able to mingle with the individual business owners and set up follow-up meetings to discuss their IP issues in further detail. Overall, this event was a huge success that resulted in peace of mind for the business owners and unparalleled hands-on learning for the IP clinic students.
-Dima Budron ’17
For seven years, United States biologist Ryan Killackey researched and filmed the 1,500 kilometer Yasuni biosphere reserve in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. The resulting documentary explores “the impact of oil development on the biodiversity of the forest and its people,” and effectively “tells the story of the conflict in Yasuni that has pitted biodiversity and human rights against extractive industries and human consumption.”
This 90-minute film has already won 3 awards and several official selections so far on the film festival circuit. The Glushko-Samuelson Clinic, along with its student attorneys Aaron Wicker, Aurelie Mathieu, David Najera, and Joanna Scleidorovich, are credited at the end of the film.
Tickets are now on sale for the Yasuni Man DC Premiere at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival on Sunday, March 19th from 7-9pm at the Landmark E Street Cinema.
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David Najera (17′) and Joanna Scleidorovich (17′), student-attorneys in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, competed in the regional round of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in New York City. The tournament was organized by the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) and was held on February 11, 2017 at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
The team, coached by Professor Christine Farley, won the award for best brief, and placed 3rd in overall competition making this the first year that WCL wins the best brief award in the competition.
The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court competition is one of the most prestigious Intellectual Property events for students and focuses on issues related to U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students are required to write a brief and argue the case before a panel of volunteer attorneys, jurists from the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and Trademark Trail & Appeal Board of the USPTO, as well as judges from various districts and other courts.
This year’s competition brought teams from various states including: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
IP Clinic Information sessions will follow on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9th at noon in Y115 and Feb 16th at 1PM in YT14.
See WCL clinic website for more details and application. information.
On February 21st, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) will again partner with the WCL Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and GW Small Business Clinic for their fourth annual “Pop-Up” Legal Clinic. This amazing opportunity for Washington’s creative community provides artists and entrepreneurs to receive free legal consultation in intellectual property and business development.
Assisted by WCL and GW professors, the IP Law Clinic students will assist in copyright, patent, trademark and related intellectual property fields, while Small Business Clinic students will provide corporate assistance for start-ups. This collaboration creates a valuable learning opportunity for both students and artists.
The Clinic will be held from 5-7 PM at the offices of the GW Law School’s Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at 2000 G Street NW, Washington, DC.
For more information: http://waladc.org
Through the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program, more than 2,700 law school clinic students have been able to practice patent and/or trademark law before the USPTO under the guidance of a Faculty Clinic Supervisor. Not only has this provided superior legal training and invaluable experience to these students, but by providing their IP services to the public pro bono, this has also increased access to legal representation for the public.
The program came about as a result of a 2006 request for student practice in the agency by faculty of the American University Glushko-Samuelson IP Law Clinic. The AU faculty suggested the creation of a student practice rule in the agency modeled on the many student practice rules in state and federal courts across the country. The clinic’s students were appearing in federal court under such rules in IP matters, but were unable to participate in IP rights acquisition at the USPTO on their own.
By expanding education about patents, trademarks, and the patents and trademarks system at the law school level, independent inventors and entrepreneurs that have otherwise not been able to obtain quality legal services, have been afforded access to the competent legal representation necessary to succeed and compete in today’s economy.
This first annual report fulfills the requirements of the Law School Clinic Certification Program Act (P.L. 113-227) by describing the number of law schools and law students participating in the Law School Clinic Certification Program, the work done through the Program, the benefits of the Program, and any recommendations for modifications to the Program. A copy of the Report to Congress is available here.
On November 17th over 50 IP Clinic alums (representing the classes of 2002-2016) and all the former clinic faculty returned to campus to hear clinic founder Professor Peter Jaszi deliver the annual Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property. Peter’s lecture was “Cultural practice and copyright justice: Confessions of a semi-reconstructed auteurist”
At the celebratory reception clinic alums, faculty and current clinic students had the chance to mingle and toast the man who started it all!
This Wednesday, November 16th, at 6 PM, the National Press Club will host an exclusive D.C. screening of I Voted?, a non-partisan documentary examining the United States voting system.
Director Jason Grant Smith and television personality Katie Couric teamed up to investigate threats posed by the rise of internet voting. During the six years of research and production, IP Clinic student attorneys provided counseling on pertinent intellectual property matters.
Viewers interested in catching this 2016 Tribeca Film Festival favorite are asked to please RSVP to the screening here.
I Voted? from I Voted? on Vimeo.