US Patent & Trademark office Selects UW School of Law for Pilot program

The University of Washington School of Law, through the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), has been selected to join the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, starting this fall. This program will allow ELC students to practice directly before the USPTO under supervision of C4C’s Director of Intellectual Property Management (IPM), Jesse Kindra, who is an attorney with a patent background. Signe Naeve, Associate Director of the UW Law, Technology & Arts Group, will be overseeing the the trademark law pilot program, and Jennifer Fan, Managing Director of the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, will be the liaison between C4C and the ELC.

The UW law school is among 11 additional schools selected for the program in July 2012. Students will gain experience drafting and filing either patent applications or trademark applications for clients of the law school clinic. Further, as they are authorized to practice before the USPTO, they will gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with either patent examiners or trademark examining attorneys for the applications they have filed.

“Our selection committee chose these eleven schools because of their exemplary intellectual property curricula, their effective outreach to inventor communities, and their comprehensive client services,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos.

Kindra cites reasons for UW’s selection include the patent experience of C4C’s Patent Portfolio Managers and their experience in mentoring students on the sometimes complex aspects of patent law.