New York Law School to Join the Prestigious United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Program

New York, NY (August 4, 2014) – New York Law School has been selected to join the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, in the patent portion of the Program. “We are honored to be on the select list of schools for this Program of the USPTO. New York Law School has created an outstanding intellectual property program, and this new opportunity is a perfect fit with our efforts to create a pipeline of talented, practice-ready lawyers who are prepared to serve the innovation economy, especially the high-growth areas of science and technology,” said Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of the Law School.

The USPTO program allows law students enrolled in a participating law school’s clinic program to practice intellectual property law before the USPTO under the supervision of an experienced attorney qualified to practice before the USPTO. NYLS students will gain experience drafting and filing patent applications for clients of the law school clinic. Further, as they will be authorized to practice before the USPTO, they will gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with patent examiners for the applications they have filed.

“It’s a wonderful and remarkable program,” said Ari Ezra Waldman, Associate Professor of Law and Director of NYLS’s Institute for Information Law and Policy. “And it will be a centerpiece of our intellectual property curriculum for years to come. We are so pleased and honored that New York Law School was one of just a handful of schools selected, primarily because this will be an unprecedented opportunity for our students. The real-world experience they will gain from this program is unmatched, and it will help all our students to be ready to practice on day one.”

“As New York’s law school, NYLS is leveraging its location in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers, and the enviable relationships that location makes possible,” said Dean Crowell. “The Law School is particularly focused on intellectual property, media, technology, and applied sciences — what it views as major areas of employment and growth in the next decade.”

Last year, New York Law School doubled its clinical and experiential programs from 13 to 26. In addition to the new USPTO clinic, the clinical and experiential program roster covers a diverse range of practice areas, including child welfare, civil rights, and education; criminal prosecution and post-conviction remedies; legislative and human rights advocacy; administrative enforcement and tort litigation defense on behalf of the City; pro bono business and tax counseling for not-for-profits and start-ups; and individual taxpayer assistance.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors nearly 125 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 17,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American Business Law and Tax Law. Learn more about New York’s law school at www.nyls.edu.