CLIP joins State Bar, USPTO in Offering Intellectual Property Pro Bono Workshop

October 5, 2017


On September 30, the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas A&M University School of Law hosted the Intellectual Property Workshop for North Texas Inventors and Entrepreneurs. The event was organized by CLIP in collaboration with the Texas Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

This workshop aimed to provide practical advice to inventors and entrepreneurs in the North Texas community. Its format includes three distinct components: informational presentations, breakout sessions and one-on-one consultations.

The event brought to the School of Law volunteer lawyers who have specialized expertise in the patent and trademark areas, including former students from the Texas A&M community. Students from the USPTO-certified Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinics at Texas A&M Law School also attended some of the sessions.

"As part of a land-grant university, we take seriously our mission to help the community understand the important roles intellectual property rights can play in their businesses, creative endeavors and inventive activities," said Professor Peter Yu, the director of CLIP.

“Workshops like this reflect what is best about Texas A&M Law’s intellectual property program," concurred Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, who served as the principal legal advisor to the USPTO's first two chief economists. "Together with practicing lawyers from the State Bar of Texas and experts from the Patent and Trademark Office, we show our students how advising entrepreneurs, educating the public and promoting innovation all converge."

Photo credit: Doug Thurman
Back: Megan Hoyt, ‎Regional Outreach Officer, USPTO; Prof. Vishnubhakat; Joseph Cleveland, Brackett & Ellis, P.C. (principal organizer); Prof. Jeffrey Slattery, Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinics; and Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Syracuse University College of Law
Front: Prof. Yu; Hope Shimabuku, Director, Texas Regional Office of the USPTO; Arturo Errisuriz, Assistant Dean of Career Services and Bar Relations; and Kirby Drake, Klemchuk LLP