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International Intellectual Property Law Clinic

The International Intellectual Property (IP) Law Clinic is a truly unique clinical education initiative. Building upon many years of successful collaboration between University of Windsor Law and University of Detroit Mercy Law, the Clinic is one of only a few international legal clinics.

Operated jointly by Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law, the clinic is the first international IP Clinic program wherein students have the opportunity to engage in IP practice across jurisdictions, servicing American. and Canadian clients and acquiring international IP protection.

About the Clinic

The International IP Clinic courses are open to all upper year Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law students. Students may register either at Detroit Mercy Law or Windsor Law and receive course credit at either institution.

Students participating in the International IP Law Clinic will have the opportunity to practice IP law in an international context, including US and Canadian intellectual property law. Students will work with real clients and will have the opportunity to conduct inventors’ interviews, complete searches, report search results and draft and prosecute applications.

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Competition Information

The annual National Patent Drafting Competition, organized by the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and held at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USTPO, takes place at the beginning of each year and offers student teams the opportunity to present their patent applications in front of a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners and several high profile guest judges.  The next competition will take place on March 6, 2021, and will be held remotely.  Registration information will be made available in early September. 

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