Intellectual Property Clinic
The Intellectual Property Clinic is a joint effort between the TEC and the University of Illinois College of Law (COL). As part of the program, selected participants from the Cozad New Venture Challenge, iVenture Accelerator, and the Illinois Innovation Prize entrants can have a patent application drafted for them at no cost, if their invention description includes a novel and potentially patentable device, system or method. The value of this program is worth at least $10,000-$12,000 per patent application for each student/team. Innovators work with third-year law students to give them the information needed to author the applications, under the supervision of Professor Joseph Barich.
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 49 patent applications and assisted 140+ companies with trademark registration. Because a patent application typically costs about $10,000-$12,000 to have drafted, and trademark assistance typically costs about $1,000-$1,500, the IP Clinic has contributed around $630,000-$800,000 in services to the University community.