Indiana University Bloomington

Launch Event Date Set for the IP Clinic and PatentConnect for Hoosiers

Join us as the IU Maurer School of Law’s
Center for Intellectual Property Research
launches two new pro bono programs:

The IP Clinic and PatentConnect for Hoosiers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Indianapolis, IN (additional details on location forthcoming)
Two hours Indiana CLE credit pending; lunch provided

Christal Sheppard, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Midwest Satellite Office, will deliver the keynote address and you’ll hear from a panel of scholars and practitioners on 101 Post-Alice: How the USPTO and Practitioners are Reacting.

In 2014 the USPTO certified the IP Clinic as part of the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. IU Maurer School of Law is currently one of only eighteen schools in the nation selected to join both the Patent and Trademark portions of the Program.

Norm Hedges, Clinic Director

Norm Hedges, Clinic Director

The PatentConnect for Hoosiers project will link Indiana entrepreneurs with patent lawyers who have volunteered to provide pro bono patent prosecution services. The CIPR will administer the project: screening inquiries from potential clients and distributing them to volunteer lawyers through a designated website (still under construction). The volunteering lawyers will set the scope of the representation. PatentConnect for Hoosiers is a joint project of the CIPR and the USPTO and results from the USPTO’s appointment of the CIPR as the designated ‘patent hub’ for the state of Indiana.