University of New Hampshire

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School of Law

UNH Law Students and Alumni Connect at USPTO

A group of UNH Law students turned their spring break into an inside look at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In an informal meeting organized by Assistant Professor Sunny Mulligan (JD ’99), director of the school's Academic Success Program, Matteo Mancinella (LLM ’12), Anjali Bhargava (LLM ’12), and Chi-Wei Feng (LLM ’12) toured the USPTO in Alexandria, chatted with agency advisors over lunch, and learned about the history and current operations of the world’s largest intellectual property agency.

When word got out about the meeting, the group grew to include USPTO examiner David Einfeldt (JD ’11), local patent analyst Jia Li (MIP ’11), and 3L Sanjana Mangalagiri (JD ’12). Their host was Saurabh Vishnubhakat (JD/LLM ’10), attorney advisor in the USPTO’s Office of Chief Economist.

After lunch in the concourse atrium, the group toured the state-of-the-art Global Intellectual Property Academy, home to the USPTO’s worldwide training program on patent, trademark, copyright, legislation, and enforcement issues for thousands of international officials from over 120 countries. Following a Q&A with Vishnubhakat, the meeting concluded with a visit to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum.