Intellectual Property Clinic
The Intellectual Property Clinic is a joint effort between TEC and the University of Illinois College of Law. In this program law students prepare patent and/or trademark applications for selected participants from the Cozad New Venture Challenge, iVenture Accelerator, and the Illinois Innovation Prize entrants. The patent and/or trademark applications are prepared for free under the supervision of Professor Joseph Barich. The value provided by this program to student startups is about $10,000-$12,000 per patent application for each student/team and $2,000-$2,500 per trademark application.
Intellectual Property Clinic Kickoff
Friday, February 12
Take advantage of this opportunity to get FREE patent or trademark assistance!
This year, the IP Clinic will include two Tracks; the Patent Track (as described above) and the Trademark Track. The Trademark Track will allow the law students to advise the selected companies on trademark matters, prepare trademark applications, and draft and update weekly summaries of their activities with regard to their assigned companies. Companies selected for the Patent Track will have a preference for participation in the Trademark Track.
Joseph Barich is a licensed patent attorney and is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Law where he has taught Patent Prosecution since the Spring semester of 2005. He partnered with TEC to launch the Patent Clinic during the spring of 2008. The collaboration and partnership is one that TEC continues to nurture and develop each academic year. As of 2018, the IP Clinic has drafted 50 patent applications and assisted 200 companies with trademark registration. Because a patent application typically costs about $10,000-$12,000 to have drafted, and trademark assistance typically costs about $2,000-$2,500, the IP Clinic has contributed around $1 million in services to the University community.