New York Law School announced via a press release today that it has been accepted into the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program.
The dean and president of the Law School, Anthony W. Crowell, said the following in the press release:
“We are honored to be on the select list of schools for this Program of the USPTO. New York Law School has created an outstanding intellectual property program, and this new opportunity is a perfect fit with our efforts to create a pipeline of talented, practice-ready lawyers who are prepared to serve the innovation economy, especially the high-growth areas of science and technology.”
The pilot program from the USPTO gives law students the opportunity to practice intellectual property law in front of the USPTO while being supervised by an attorney who is qualified to practice before the USPTO.
The law students must be enrolled in a participating law school’s clinic in order to qualify for the pilot program.
The law students from New York Law School will take part in drafting and filing patent applications for clients who work with the law school’s clinic. They will also learn how to answer Office Actions and communicate with patent examiners for applications they have submitted to the office.
Ezra Waldman, the Director of the Law School’s Institute for Information Law and Policy, said the following in the release:
“It’s a wonderful and remarkable program. And it will be a centerpiece of our intellectual property curriculum for years to come. We are so pleased and honored that New York Law School was one of just a handful of schools selected, primarily because this will be an unprecedented opportunity for our students. The real-world experience they will gain from this program is unmatched, and it will help all our students to be ready to practice on day one.”
“As New York’s law school, NYLS is leveraging its location in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers, and the enviable relationships that location makes possible,” Crowell said. “The Law School is particularly focused on intellectual property, media, technology, and applied sciences — what it views as major areas of employment and growth in the next decade.”