Patent Office launches clinical certification program with six law schools

More from the National Law Journal on this program:

Patent Office launches clinical certification program with six law schools

Lynne Marek / Staff reporter
July 29, 2008

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a two-year law school clinical certification program that will give students from six selected U.S. law schools experience in practicing intellectual property law before the agency.

The six schools selected to participate in the pilot program that will begin this fall are American University, William Mitchell College of Law, Washington College of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, the John Marshall Law School, the University of Maine School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School, the office said in a press release. Law school clinical faculty will serve as supervisors.

“We look forward to providing a real-world experience for the students so they will be well prepared to tackle the complexities of intellectual property law that are so important in today’s economy,” said Jon Dudas, the U.S. Commerce Department under secretary for intellectual property.

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