DETROIT, Mich. – July 31, 2014 – On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted certification to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Intellectual Property Clinic. UDM joins 46 other law schools to receive USPTO certification.
UDM law students will draft and file patent applications for clients and gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with patent examiners regarding the IP Clinic's applications. The selection committee chose UDM's Intellectual Property Clinic based on its solid IP curriculum, pro bono legal services to the public, and community networking and outreach efforts.
In 2012, the USPTO chose Detroit as the location for its first satellite office outside of its Alexandria, Virginia central headquarters. The Elijah J. McCoy Satellite Office in Detroit employs more than a hundred patent examiners, and Detroit and its surrounding communities are home to one of the largest concentrations of IP attorneys in the United States.
UDM Law is located in the heart of Detroit's resurgent downtown core. Its students take classes in cutting-edge areas of the law and extern at some of Detroit's most innovative companies, which are located within a close radius of its Riverfront Campus. According to UDM Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, "We are in the heart of downtown Detroit and just a short walk from the USPTO and numerous highly-regarded IP law firms. The IP Clinic exemplifies our commitment to Detroit and to preparing our students to be excellent ethical attorneys ready to represent clients and serve their communities."
UDM developed its IP Clinic to respond to the rapid rise of Detroit's creative class in recent years, as inventors, engineers, and artists have been drawn to the Motor City and the hard-fought optimism that characterizes this moment in Detroit's 313-year history. Forbes magazine ranked Detroit one of the most creative cities in 2014 based, in part, on the number of artists and musicians who live in the area.
The IP Clinic builds on the solid curriculum UDM Law, working in concert with the Intellectual Property Law Institute, offers in the areas of patent, copyright, and trademark law. In their work in the IP Clinic, UDM law students will learn the nuances of this highly complex area of law and hone the skills they need to work with their clients to bring their ideas to life and to protect the fruits of their talent from being misused or stolen.
UDM is pleased to be one of a select group of law schools to have an IP clinic with USPTO certification and looks forward to working with the USPTO to educate a new generation of dedicated and caring IP attorneys.