Launched in 2008, the IP Clinic is a joint effort at the University of Illinois between the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) at the College of Engineering and the College of Law. In the clinic, patent and trademark applications are prepared for student startup companies by law students under the supervision of Adjunct Professor Joe Barich, a practicing IP attorney who has taught at the College since 2005. The IP Clinic was recently profiled in an article for the TEC website.
“One of the best aspects of the IP Clinic is working with the remarkable energy, creativity, and dynamism of student entrepreneurs,” said third-year law student Candice Kwark. “We have the privilege of working together to solve real problems and serve individuals by providing tools to protect their IP. In the process, we – as law students – acquire experience in practice and procedure, the art of counseling, and a deep understanding of professionalism. Working alongside one of the most dedicated and creative clinical professors, I feel lucky to have the invaluable opportunity to put intellectual property law into practice.”
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