Howard University

Intellectual Property and Trademark Clinic (IPTC)

Intellectual Property and Trademark Clinic (IPTC)

Mariessa Terrell, Esq. Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Howard University School of Law participates in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Program (Trademarks). As a result, this 4-credit semester-long course was created, for which a maximum of ten (10) students will be selected.

The IP & Trademark Clinic course includes a classroom seminar and actual client representation. The one time per week, two-hour classroom seminar includes a review of trademark law & federal registration procedures. The practice includes the representation of individuals and small businesses in their efforts to secure federal trademark registrations with the USPTO.

Student-attorneys are responsible for all aspects of representing clients, under the direct supervision of the IPTC faculty. The practice includes, but is not limited to: adhering to the USPTO’s ethics rules; client interviewing and counseling (e.g., gathering information; reviewing & reporting-out Office Actions & Notices); trademark selection and clearance (e.g., conducting searches; ordering & reviewing search reports; rendering availability opinions) and all aspects of preparing, filing & prosecuting trademark applications before the USPTO (e.g., reviewing Office Actions and drafting responses thereto, and legal research).

Eligibility and Prerequisites:

  1. Successful completion of the Trademark Law course;
  2. Timely completion of an application for enrollment in the IPTC and, if necessary, an interview and approval for enrollment by the faculty of the IPTC.

updated: january 29, 2016