Two attorneys join Intellectual Property Venture Clinic as adjunct faculty

Headshots of Case Western Reserve University School of Law Adjunct Professor John Yirga and Maria Ianiro

The Milton and Charlotte Kramer Law Clinic welcomed two experienced intellectual property attorneys to teach students enrolled in the Intellectual Property Venture Clinic in 2022-2023.  

John Yirga is a partner with the law firm Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tumino LLP, where he is co-chair of the Patent and Trademark Office Trials and Litigation Group. Yirga has nearly 20 years of experience in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademark protection, and litigation surrounding intellectual property matters. In 2022 he earned his LLM in intellectual property law from our law school. His teaching will focus on trademark matters.

Maria Ianiro is a partner with the law firm Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP and has more than 10 years of experience in patent and trademark counseling, preparation and prosecution. Her niche patent expertise is in the computer and software arts, particularly within the automotive field. Her teaching will focus on patent matters.

The Kramer Law Clinic participates in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification program through which students enrolled in the clinic may represent clients before the USPTO.