Students Stephanie Krasnov and Travis Hinman give a presentation to the UNC Department of Dramatic Art about copyright protections for costume designers.
This two-semester, six-credit
clinic (3 fall, 3 spring) will train students to be creative and effective
advocates on behalf of clients who need to protect the words, symbols, names,
images or designs that allow consumers to easily identify and authenticate the
source of a service or product. Much of the clinic’s work will involve
representing independent non-profits, educational institutions, and small
businesses before the USPTO.
The clinic’s docket will offer
students a mix of experiences in intellectual property law. Concrete
tasks will include drafting search and opinion letters on the availability of a
trademark for use in commerce and registration at the USPTO as well as
reviewing commercial search reports provided by leading trademark search
companies on clients’ proposed trademarks.
In addition to their direct client
representation, students enrolled in the clinic will participate in a mandatory
weekly seminar meeting for which they will not earn extra credit. The
seminar meetings, scheduled by mutual agreement with the faculty supervisor,
will cover lawyering skills and federal and state laws that govern trademark
The clinic will be graded and
Trademark Law is a prerequisite.