Richmond Law Students Invited to Practice in US Trademark Office

May 25, 2010

The Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic at the University of Richmond School of Law is one of the first law school clinics in the country to be included in the expanded Clinic Pilot Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Students who are members of the Clinic will now have the opportunity to represent clients before the Patent and Trademark Office in trademark application matters. Under the supervision of the Clinic’s Director, John Carroll, students will be permitted to prepare and file trademark applications for clients, respond to office actions, and draft and file briefs in appeals to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

“The Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic isn’t a simulation, it is a teaching law firm,” said John Carroll, Assistant Clinic Professor of Law and the Director of the Clinic. The Clinic’s clients range in size from start-ups to large organizations, and many have trademark issues. “Nothing helps you understand the law more clearly than signing a filing on behalf of a real client,” says Carroll.

With its admission of the Clinic into this program, the Trademark Office has recognized the quality of the students at the University of Richmond School of Law, and the investment that Richmond has made in preparing students to be leaders in their fields.

Students in the Clinic will have the opportunity to practice before the Trademark Office beginning in August of 2010. For further information, please contact John Carroll at (804) 484-1654 or john.carroll@richmond.edu