Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic students represent individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in a broad range of intellectual property (patent, trademark, and copyright) and related business law issues. The clinical experience provides intensive training in both the relevant law and practical skills relevant to intellectual property law practice.
The clinic's law students are involved in all aspects of client matters, including but not limited to conducting interviews, legal research, and drafting documents. Under the guidance of supervising attorneys, they have advised clients regarding numerous legal issues including patent, trademark and copyright searches/clearances and applications; licenses and related contract drafting; nondisclosure and employee confidentiality agreements, and business entity formation. A scientific or engineering background is not required. The seminar class is held on the law school campus, however, students will be required to spend to work out of the clinic's office in East Hartford. Prerequisite: Patent Law (Law 7716) is a pre-requisite for students with science or technology backgrounds who will be doing patent work while enrolled in the clinic, but it may be taken as a co-requisite if the student has already completed Intellectual Property (LAW 7715). For students who will not be doing patent work while enrolled in the clinic, either one of the following pre-requisites is sufficient: Intellectual Property (LAW 7715) or Trademark Law (LAW 7939).