The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic

IP&T.clinicThe Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic provides free legal services regarding trademark and patent law issues to entrepreneurs, non-profits, artists and inventors with limited financial resources. This clinic operates within the Legal Clinics at Texas A&M University School of Law, and the law students work directly with the clients.

This clinic also participates in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) Law School Clinic Certification Program, which means the students are certified to practice as student attorneys by the USPTO. Our students interact directly with the USPTO and its examiners on behalf of clients, under the supervision of a Faculty Supervising Attorney.

This law clinic is divided into two practice areas: trademarks and patents. Students in this clinic may perform transactional tasks for clients, including:

  • Trademark clearance
  • Trademark searches
  • Drafting and filing of trademark applications
  • Patentability searches
  • Provisional patent applications
  • Utility patent applications
  • Assistance with the patent and trademark registration process
  • Responses to Office Actions for both trademarks and patents

The clinic generally represents individuals and businesses with incomes no greater than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Clients are selected based on a variety of factors, including financial need, educational value to the law students, potential impact on society or communities, and timing. 

Although services are provided for free by the student attorneys and their supervisors, clients are responsible for certain fees and other costs that may be necessary. For example, clients are responsible for the fees to register a company in Texas or another state. All fees will be paid directly to the particular state or other governing body by the client.

For more information about this clinic, contact Professor Megan Carpenter.

To request assistance for this clinic to assist you with trademark or patent issues, get the application here.