The following is a list of services we may be able to offer through the clinic. Actual availability of each service depends on clinic capacity and student attorney expertise at the time you apply to become a client. To apply to become a client of the clinic, please submit the online application available under the "Information for Client" tab.
Incorporation and Choice of Entity
Short and Long-Term IP Strategy
IP AuditsIP Forms, Including NDAs and Non-Compete Agreements
IP and Privacy Policies
Terms of Service and EULAs
Licensing Agreements and Negotiations
Trademark Oppositions and Cancellations
Cease and Desist Letters
Each year, 8 law students in their last year of law school enroll in the clinic and work at least 15 hours per week on real client matters. Each student typically handles 6-10 cases throughout the year. The clinic director meets with each student individually once a week to talk about each case and provide one-on-one training.Students in the clinic also meet as a group every week to talk about cases, share best practices and discuss ethical issues that arise, reflect on what they are learning, and discuss practical lawyering skills.
Students in the clinic counsel real clients on an extensive range of IP and related business issues. Some of the clients of the clinic include:
Clinic students take primary responsibility for all client matters. In addition to responsibilities like interviewing clients and legal research, students can expect to gain hands-on experience in mediating disputes, drafting transactional and litigation documents, interacting with the U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, counseling clients on strategies for identifying and safeguarding protectable information, registering copyrights and trademarks, negotiating licenses, drafting nondisclosure agreements, prosecuting and defending infringement claims, representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and incorporating and advising start-ups.
Just as with lawyers in the real world, clinic students are required to maintain case files for all cases and projects. Students learn how to organize and maintain both electronic and hard copy files, and to keep track of overlapping dockets and deadlines.
What sets our clinic students apart is that they learn not only black letter law, but also how the law works and applies in the complicated real world contexts in which their clients operate. This practical, hands-on experience helps our graduates to become true competitive assets in the legal market place.
The Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic at Suffolk University Law School offers free legal services to protect artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial efforts.
If you are an artist, author, designer, musician, filmmaker, photographer, inventor, entrepreneur, or innovator who wants to protect, acquire, license, or simply learn more about your legal rights, our clinic may be the perfect resource.
Clients are accepted into the clinic between September and April, based on clinic capacity. To apply for clinic services, please e-mail the clinic director during those months.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLINIC IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING CLIENTS FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR. PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS SHOULD CONTACT THE CLINIC DIRECTOR IN SEPTEMBER 2015.