The Patent and Trademark Clinics at UCLA School of Law teach students how to file applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The clinics offer such limited legal services on a pro bono basis to entrepreneurs, small business, and non-profits that do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them.
Students will have primary responsibility for their cases but will be guided and supervised by a licensed California attorney. Students who participate in the Trademark Clinic will take initial client interviews to determine marks and the actual or intended market usages of the marks, conduct a preliminary search of the USPTO trademark records for conflict and examine the mark for eligibility for registration, render a trademark eligibility opinion to the client, if justified prepare a use-based on intent-to-use trademark application, review and finalize the application with the client, and file the application in the USPTO.
Clinic participation requires enrollment and participation in weekly class meetings that focus on the lawyering skills and substantive law necessary to effectively represent clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling techniques, students will also focus on substantive and procedural areas of law that are relevant to students’ cases and to patent and trademarks in general, including issues of professional responsibility.