The Trademark Clinic is limited to providing services to individuals in San Diego County.
The Trademark Clinic at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is here to provide free legal services for low-income individuals and organizations desiring to obtain Federal trademarks or service marks from the USPTO. Our students, under the supervision of California licensed attorneys, are able to provide legal assistance to people and organizations that can afford the administrative filing fees, but do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them.
TJSL is one of only 11 law schools in the nation to have both a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent and Trademark clinic.
The TJSL Trademark Clinic is an official part of the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program administered by the USPTO. More information about the USPTO program.
The Trademark Clinic is now accepting requests for services from potential clients. The ideal client will have an existing business, one or more goods or services in the stream of commerce, and a willingness to work with law students.
The Trademark Clinic provides legal assistance in the following areas:
- Client counseling
- Trademark clearance searches
- Trademark application
- Trademark prosecution
- Trademark licensing
The Trademark Clinic provides a wide variety of IP-related legal assistance; however, the Trademark Clinic does not represent clients in court or before administrative boards, such as the TTAB. Additionally, the Trademark Clinic cannot file international applications, such as under the Madrid protocol. Finally, the Trademark Clinic is not able to accommodate walk-in requests at this time, so please follow the guidelines below.
In order to qualify for representation, a potential client will be required to make financial disclosures for the Trademark Clinic to determine eligibility. To find out if you are eligible for our services, please complete the Request for Services Form. For more information about our services, please call the phone number listed below.
NOTE: Submission of a completed Request for Services Form does not guarantee that we can or will represent you and does not start our representation of you. You are not yet our client. You become our client only after we satisfactorily determine your eligibility and you sign a formal engagement letter that we provide to you.
Students who participate in the Trademark Clinic will have the opportunity to directly assist clients desiring to obtain federal trademark or service mark registrations from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The clinical experience will provide students with practical opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, client development, drafting and critical thinking. Go to Trademark Clinic Student Eligibility and Requirements for more information on the student application process.
Small Business Law Center
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
495 Eleventh Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101