PTO Trademark Clinic


The PTO Trademark Clinic provides an unprecedented opportunity for  students to represent entrepreneurs who cannot afford counsel before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Clinic

As a participant in the Trademark Clinic, students will practice a variety of important skills, including:

  •  client interviewing
  • drafting letters of communication with a federal agency
  • providing informal business and legal counsel
  • and writing memoranda and appellate briefs. 

More specifically, the Trademark Clinic allows students interested in intellectual property to apply what they have learned in class:

  • students will evaluate trademarks for distinctiveness
  • conduct trademark searches
  • draft persuasive documents for trademark applications
  • and communicate with the PTO during the pendency of the application evaluation period

In addition to the case work, students will attend an hour-and-forty minute seminar once weekly.  The seminar will involve discussions about the cases, instruction on relevant law, procedure and evidence, as well as examination of policy issues related to intellectual property, trademarks, and entrepreneurship. 

Students should expect to devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the clinic, including the fieldwork and the seminar.

Students should take Intellectual Property or Trademarks & Unfair Competition before participating in this clinic. No technical background is required. 

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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Instructors: Adjunct Professor Jennifer Insley-Pruitt and Adjunct Professor Spencer Joffrion

Prerequisites: Intellectual Property or Trademarks & Unfair Competition

Course Description: PTO Trademark Clinic

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

Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding.

To Apply to this Clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page