Patent and Licensing Clinics I and II

Patent and Licensing Clinics I and II

Patent and Licensing Clinics I and II

The clinic involves instruction and practical training in patent drafting as well as the negotiation and drafting of patent and software license agreements.

Patent and Licensing Clinic I

Students participate in class sessions covering these topics and are assigned to one or more significant drafting and counseling projects in one or both of these two areas.

The clinic also covers evaluation of inventions and computer software for patentability and commercial value; counseling of UVA faculty inventors regarding patentability, inventorship and the patenting process; preparing, filing and prosecuting provisional U.S. patent applications; dealing with patent examiners; and researching current issues in the fields of intellectual property and technology transfer. Some exposure to international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty may be possible. Students will help resolve disputes with licensees and possible infringers where appropriate.

Several class sessions are scheduled early in the semester at a mutually convenient time. Students work in the office of the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group eight hours per week. A technical background is required — students will be asked to provide the instructor with a statement relating to technical background (scientific, engineering, mathematical, computer, etc.) to aid in the assignment process.

Patent and Licensing Clinic II

The second semester of the Patent and Licensing Clinic involves many of the same projects as P&L I, but in this clinic, the student can choose to work exclusively with patent attorneys drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications (and associated tasks like prior art searches and evaluations, meeting with faculty inventors, preparing information disclosure statements, etc.), or working exclusively with licensing agents to draft license agreements, negotiate licensing terms and conditions, prepare confidentiality agreements and marketing documents. Clinic participants may also evaluate inventions and computer software for patentability and commercial value; counsel UVA faculty inventors regarding patentability, inventorship and the patenting process; deal with patent examiners; and research current issues in the fields of intellectual property and technology transfer.

Students may be exposed to international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and they may resolve disputes with licensees and possible infringers where appropriate. Students work in the office of University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group approximately six hours per week on a fairly flexible schedule. A technical background is required. Students are asked to provide the instructor with a statement relating to technical background (scientific, engineering, mathematical, computer, etc.) to aid in the assignment process.

Skills Taught
Drafting and filing patent and software license agreements, counseling clients, research
Course Length
Semesterlong
Meets
Several class sessions are scheduled early in the semester
Course Credits
3 for Clinic I, 2 for Clinic II
Application?
No
Instructors

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