Intellectual Property Clinic


Law 502

3

Upper-Level

None

Yes

No

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.

The course will provide a capstone experience for students interested in providing comprehensive legal counsel to trademark clients referred by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as well as by other sources. The clinic will be of particular interest to students who have taken Copyright Law; Intellectual Property; Media Law; Patent Law; or Trademark Law.

Trademark Law
Recommended: Intellectual Property and Copyright Law

D. Gerhardt, D. White (Adjunct)

Fall, Spring
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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