Intellectual Property Venture Clinic makes waves

IVPC students in front of United States Patent and Trademark Office seal

The Intellectual Property Venture Clinic (IPVC) has been buzzing with activity this March. Amidst our regular coursework and client work, our IPVC students are making waves here on campus and beyond.

On March 18, thanks to the support of the Kramer Law Clinic and the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, John Yirga and a group of IPVC students from both Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 travelled to Alexandria, VA, for a special event hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Affectionately dubbed “USPTO Day,” this event is for law schools participating in the USPTO Law School Certification Program and offers students a unique opportunity to engage with the USPTO community.

During this day-long visit, our students heard from senior USPTO leadership, including Deputy Director of the USPTO, Derrick Brent. They witnessed a live Trademark Trial and Appeal Board hearing and participated in roundtable discussions with Examiners. Our students gained valuable insights into the inner workings of the USPTO to help further their understanding of intellectual property law. 

On March 27, our IPVC students showcased their expertise and speaking skills at the CWRU Entrepreneurship Skills Lab Series hosted at think[box]. IPVC presented essential knowledge on various types of intellectual property and practical insights into basic searching techniques and IP document literacy.

Students attend presentation at Entrepreneurship Skills Lab