University of New Hampshire

School of Law

IP Clinics

Extensive Clinical Education Opportunities

The University of New Hampshire School of Law's clinics bring law classes to life by allowing students to apply their knowledge to real cases. Experienced faculty members, most of whom practiced in their fields prior to teaching, supervise the clinical programs. All clinics include a classroom component, but their primary focus is on real-world experience, much of it in actual courtrooms. With the guidance of faculty members, students gain a solid background in legal research and analysis, legal reasoning, litigation, and counseling.

Since the school's founding more than 30 ago, clinics have been an integral IP educational offering. Over the decades, clinics have served a wide range of clients, including small inventors, university inventors, non-governmental organizations, authors, artists and many more.

UNH Law Ranked in the Top 10 for Clinical Opportunities

The September 20011 issue of The National Jurist showcased the best law schools for clinical opportunities, and UNH Law ranked in the Top 10 of all U.S. law schools.

Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic

In this live client clinic, students conduct interviews, research and draft documents, and advise clients in a variety of intellectual property and transactional matters.

This clinic regularly accepts referrals from the New Hampshire Chapter of Lawyers for the Arts. Clinic clients include authors, artists, musicians, publishers, and individuals operating small businesses; nonprofit organizations with issues pertaining to copyright and trademark registration and protection, licensing, and small business transactions.

International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) Clinic

Public sector institutions such as universities, national research centers, international development organizations and foundations must now consider how intellectual property (IP) issues might restrict or impede the research, development and commercialization of essential advances in health and agriculture, which, in turn, can delay, or even derail, the distribution of these advances to developing countries.

At the Franklin Pierce Center for IP, the International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) was launched to work with public sector institutions, funding organizations and other entities to map out patent landscapes potentially relevant to key innovative advances in health and agriculture.

The International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) is a capacity-building resource developed at the Franklin Pierce Center for IP. ITTI is professionally staffed by IP law faculty, technology transfer experts, law students, and an international pool of experienced alumni located in countries across the globe.

ITTI Patent Landscape Analysis Clinic

Proactive/preventative analysis and understanding of IP are essential for moving cutting-edge innovations to developing countries. Patent landscapes are the basic informational tool for managing these challenges. Funding organizations are increasingly requiring patent landscapes as part of the grant application process. Students work with Professors Stanley Kowalski and Jon Cavicchi, internationally known experts on the performance of patent landscape analyses.

The International Technology Transfer Institute Patent Landscape Analysis Clinic (“ITTI Clinic”) provides instruction in professional skills related to the various responsibilities which patent lawyers will encounter when preparing patent landscape analysis search reports in the biotechnological fields. ITTI clinical projects predominantly focus on health and agricultural innovations relevant to the needs of developing countries, for example HIV vaccines and advanced innovations in crop biotechnology; in this context, projects operationally address intellectual property management as it relates to the global public interest. Students learn practical skills for effective participation in interdisciplinary teams working at the intersection of law and technology.

In addition, students learn basic approaches to interviewing and counseling the organizations the ITTI serves, promoting the skill of preventative lawyering. Research results generated during the semester culminate in a graded work product that helps client organizations make informed decisions regarding intellectual property relating to biotechnology, including options and strategies for effective management, protection and/or licensing, in order to facilitate the mission, goals and objectives of these organizations. The ITTI Clinic size is limited to eight students. If necessary, selection will be based on statements of interest and resumes to assess research capability, writing skills, and breadth of patent law background. Students are often recruited, with faculty members referring prospective candidates. Early inquiries are strongly encouraged.  The ITTI Clinic is a 4 credit course, with two class time credits and two clinical credits (comprising research, analysis and writing, under the supervision of Professors Jon Cavicchi and Dr. Stanley Kowalski).

ITTI Technology Transfer Office Building Clinic

This clinic helps improve the marketplace distribution of technology in countries with low market flow. It focuses on helping academic and governmental research organizations build TTO intermediaries to manage both the acquisition of proprietary knowledge to augment technology development and the transfer of new technologies to the marketplace once they are developed. Providing the education and training necessary to build TTO intermediaries is a major part of this clinic.

This clinic individualizes its activities to meet the needs of its clients, but work includes:

  • Providing educational materials for academic and governmental research faculty, administrators and decision-makers
  • Policy building
  • On-the-ground advisories and seminars on IP an technology transfer
  • In-house educational and training programs
  • In country regulatory and legal reviews to promote the utilization and transfer of technology
  • Building operational technology transfer structures (TTOs)
  • White Papers
  • Publications in both the legal and scientific literature

Intellectual Property Amicus Clinic

The goal of the Intellectual Property Amicus Clinic is to provide students with hands-on training in the art of analytical and persuasive writing as well as immersion in the practical, legal, and policy foundations of a strong U.S. intellectual property system and, at the same time, to give the Franklin Pierce Center for IP a public voice in supporting its goals. Students have the opportunity to work with IP Faculty in preparing friend-of-the-court briefs in matters before the U. S. Supreme Court, various U. S. Courts of Appeals, and possibly state supreme courts. Students may also assist in drafting commentary on proposed legislative or administrative action affecting intellectual property law.

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