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Intellectual Property Clinic
Student Presentation

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 rights.

The clinic will be graded and Trademark Law is a prerequisite.

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106


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