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IU Maurer IP clinic joins select U.S. Patent Office pilot program

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The intellectual property clinical program, established earlier this year at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, has been certified for pro bono practice before the U.S. Patent Office.

IU Maurer is part of a select group that has been asked to join the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program in the fall. Currently 19 law schools have been tapped to join the 28 law schools that already participate in the pilot program. Of the 19, only IU Maurer and four other law schools will join both the patent and trademark portions of the program.

Certification will enable Indiana students to practice patent and trademark law before the federal patent office as part of their pro bono representations of clients.

 “We are delighted to partner with the USPTO in this important effort to provide pro bono IP services to early-stage entrepreneurs in Indiana,” said Mark Janis, director of IU Maurer’s Center for Intellectual Property Research. “Our students will gain invaluable hands-on experience in intellectual property practice, and our clients will benefit from the technical advice they need in order to secure rights to their innovations.”

The IP clinic has represented several clients on patent matters since it opened its doors in January. Complemented by the general corporate counseling work of the law school’s Elmore Entrepreneurship Clinic, the intellectual property clinic expects to support innovators referred by Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., the Purdue Foundry, Rose-Hulman Ventures and the Naval Weapons Support Center Crane, among others.

Also, the clinic has received crucial seed funding from IU’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research and volunteer assistance from intellectual property attorneys at the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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