PTO Patent Clinic


The PTO Patent Clinic provides patent prosecution services to underserved individuals and entities allowing them to assess the value of their inventions and the potential of obtaining patent protection.

The Clinic

The PTO Patent Clinic is a full year clinic and provides an opportunity for second and third year students to practice patent prosecution in front of the Patent and Trademark Office, the government agency that issues patents. Students will work with an experienced patent attorney to consult with clients, determine patentability of inventions, determine patent application strategy, conduct prior art searches, submit applications, respond to Patent Examiners, and provide related counsel services associated with patent applications and prosecution. In addition to their casework, students will attend a 1 hour and 40 minute weekly seminar in which students will learn the skills necessary to represent clients in front of the PTO, discuss ongoing cases and developing case law in patent law, and discuss policy issues associated with patents and the new America Invents Act. Students should expect to spend approximately 16 hours per week on their fieldwork and seminar.

Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution

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Instructor: Adjunct Professor Michael Marcin

Pre/co-requisite Intellectual Property or Patent Law (Patent Law may be a co-requisite with permission of the instructor but must be completed in the Fall semester)

Fall: 4 Credits; Spring 4 Credits (Full Year Course)

Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement.
Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding.
Course Description
To Apply to this clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page

Note: Students applying to the PTO Patent Clinic must also fulfill the associated technical requirements of the Patent Trademark Office to be accepted into the clinic. After provisional acceptance to the clinic, students must also be accepted by the Patent Trademark Office. Instructions on these requirements here: