The TJSL Patent Clinic provides patent-specific legal assistance and representation to those in the community without sufficient means to hire a patent attorney to advise them. While under the supervision of a California licensed, U.S. patent attorney, participating students have the opportunity to assist clients in all aspects of transactional patent law practice. In additional to legal prerequisites, Patent Clinic students must also have a qualifying scientific or technical undergraduate degree. The Patent Clinic has two components, a classroom seminar portion and a client fieldwork portion. The seminar is a weekly, two-hour class that teaches the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent the patent clinic clients. In addition to discussing general client interviewing and counseling techniques, the weekly class will focus on substantive and administrative areas of patent law that are relevant to the students' cases, including issues of professional responsibility.
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