WHAT WE DO
South Texas College of Law has two distinct clinics addressing Intellectual Property matters: the Trademark Clinic and the experimental Patent Clinic. Both programs are part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Pilot Certification Program, which grants law students limited recognition to practice before the Office under faculty supervision.

Students gain experience drafting and filing either patent applications or trademark applications for clinic clients. Further, because they are authorized to practice before the USPTO, students gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with either patent examiners or trademark examining attorneys for the applications they have filed.

South Texas College of Law is one of only 18 law schools in the country offering both a Trademark and Patent Clinic under this program.

Clinic students hone their skills interviewing, investigating, drafting, and counseling in the context of federal agency practice.

WHY WE SELECTED THIS CLINIC
This experimental clinic grew out of a pilot certification program hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The law school is one of a handful of American law schools in which students serve as trademark agents. The law school had been looking for an opportunity to expand its clinical offerings into the transactional arena. A strong student interest in intellectual property and an increasingly deep intellectual property curriculum led to the creation of this new clinic in Fall 2012.

WHO’S INVOLVED


   
Philliip E. Page
Professor of Law
   
Tim Shen
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Coodinator


ORGANIZATIONS / PARTNERS: United States Patent and Trademark Office.

FUTURE PLANS
The Trademark Clinic will be in its experimental phase for the next two years, after which the faculty will consider making it a permanent clinic. At that point, and owing to the strong student interest, the law school will consider other intellectual property-related clinics, possibly building on its collaboration with USPTO.

SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • During the Spring 2014 semester, Trademark Clinic students prepared and filed 17 applications before the USPTO