Patent and Trademark Clinic

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The College of law announced the launch of its Patent and Trademark Clinic (PTC) in Fall 2017. A “hands-on” learning opportunity for students to practice IP law under the supervision of local IP attorneys, it will provide much needed legal assistance to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who otherwise could not afford the help needed to protect some of their most valuable assets.

The PTC is the first Ohio law school clinic to focus on both patents and trademarks, making it a particularly unique entity. It will complement the law school’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) while strengthening the school’s experiential learning curriculum and opportunities. Of the 178 small business clients served by the ECDC, PTCover 100 of them have needed intellectual property assistance, sometimes desiring to have their trademarks and inventions protected through trademark registration and/or patent prosecution. Although the ECDC has referred these clients to local trademark and patent lawyers, many have been unable to afford the associated legal costs. The PTC will meet an unmet legal need in Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Outcomes for students pursuing work in the IP field exceed the employment outcomes in other legal fields. In fact, the PTC would be the only law school clinic in Ohio offering assistance in both trademark registration and patent prosecution and one of the few in the Midwest.

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