Patent Law Clinic
The Patent Law Clinic is a year-long clinic, providing 2L and 3L students an opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and practice patent law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Students work with an experienced patent attorney to consult with clients, conduct prior art searches, draft patentability of inventions reports, determine patent application strategy, submit applications, respond to patent examiners, and provide related client counseling associated with patent applications and their prosecution. In addition to their casework, students attend an hour and 40-minute weekly seminar in which students learn the skills necessary to represent clients before the USPTO, discuss developing changes in patent law and how it affects Patent Law Clinic matters, as well as discussing broader policy issues associated with patent law in the United States when compared to other industrialized countries.
This upper-level clinical course provides doctrinal instruction in the field of patent law and a hands-on experience in representing entrepreneur clients with their inventions and ideas for new products. Students should expect to spend approximately 16 hours per week on their fieldwork and seminar.
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application and interview are required, and the application can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Co-requisite: Intellectual Property Law; or Patent Law
8 Credits: Full Year Course
Fall: 4 credits
Spring: 4 credits