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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 year-long, two-semester, six-credit clinic (3 fall, 3 spring) trains students to be creative and effective advocates on behalf of clients who need assistance with intellectual property matters in the areas of trademark, copyright, agreements, and licenses related to same.

The clinic’s docket offers students a mix of experiences in intellectual property laws. Much of the IP Clinic’s work will involve representing individuals, independent non-profits, educational institutions, and small businesses.

In addition to their direct client representation, students enrolled in the IP Clinic  participate in a mandatory weekly clinic meeting. The seminar meetings, scheduled by mutual agreement with the faculty supervisor, cover lawyering skills and federal and state laws that govern trademark rights.

The IP Clinic has two concentration areas:

  1. Trademark is a clinic certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which provides students with limited recognition to practice before the USPTO under the supervision of the clinic faculty supervisor. Concrete tasks include drafting search and opinion letters on the availability of a trademark for use in commerce and registration, as well as prosecuting trademark applications at the USPTO. Students may also assist clients with copyrighted works that are incidental to a trademark matter; and
  2. Agreements, Licensing, and Copyright provides students with the opportunity to represent clients on general IP matters, including trademark and copyright licenses and agreements, as well as copyright prosecution services. Under the supervision of the clinic faculty supervisor, students will assist individuals, independent non-profits, and small businesses with issue spotting for IP needs and drafting of various agreements necessary for the protection and commercialization of IP rights.   

Companion Course Requirement: none

Prerequisites: To participate in the IP Clinic, you must have taken at least one of the following three courses prior to the first semester in the clinic - Trademark Law, IP Survey, or Trademark Practice Seminar.

The IP Clinic is pass/fail.

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