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 here.
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs and Business
Intellectual Property Audits
IP Strategy Protections
Choice of Entity and Business Formation
Policies and Documents for Internal Protections of IP Assets
Non-Disclosure and Non-Compete Agreements
Drafting & Negotiating License, Development, Marketing, and Distribution Agreements
Trademark Screening Searches and Applications for Registration
Trademark Cease and Desist Letters
Trademark Co-Existence Agreements
Trademark Representation in TTAB and federal and local courts
Authors' and Screenwriters' Agreements
Information for Students
Each year, eight law students in their last year of law school enroll in the Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic (IPEC) 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 client matter and provide one-on-one training. Students in the clinic also meet for a two-hour class every week to learn practical skills, review substantive law, discuss client matters, share best practices, and address related ethical issues.
IPEC students take primary responsibility for all client matters. In addition to responsibilities such as interviewing clients and legal research, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in 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. With supervision, students may have the opportunity to counsel clients on strategies for identifying and safeguarding protectable assets, register copyrights and trademarks, negotiate licenses, draft key agreements, and prosecute and defend infringement claims, and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
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.
Clinic students learn how to apply substantive law in the complex and multi-disciplinary, real-world context. This practical experience and knowledge helps graduates to become true competitive assets in the legal market place. Student Applications for IPEC are available online from the Clinics’ homepage, http://www.suffolk.edu/law/academics/experiential-learning/6728.php , beginning in February of each academic year.
IPEC is a full-year program in which students earn eight credits.
Starting in the fall 2017 this will be a full-year clinic offered for 10 credits (5 credits/semester) and students will receive separate letter grades at the end of the academic year for the clinic work and seminar.
Information for Clients
The Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic at Suffolk University Law School (IPEC) has represented a variety of clients in administrative proceedings before the TTAB and patent cases in federal court, as well as clients seeking to start new businesses, protect trade secrets, register copyrights and trademarks, and protect and commercialize their intellectual property.
Unfortunately, we can only represent a small percentage of the individuals and businesses who apply to IPEC for services. Whether we can take on your particular matter depends on several factors, including our conflict check process, the case-load capacity of the clinic at a given time, and the experiential opportunities that a matter would provide to IPEC students. We also consider whether the matter may serve an important public interest or have potential to positively impact the law.
IPEC cannot and will not give legal advice until we affirmatively agree to take on your case. If you have a question about basic legal information, please feel free to contact us, but we may not be able to answer all questions. Legal services are provided free of charge, except that clients pay for all costs associated with filing fees, online search services, and similar out-of-pocket-type fees.
If you are interested in seeking the clinic’s assistance, please complete and submit the online application here. Or, you may print and mail your completed form to the following address: Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Suite 150, Boston, MA 02108.