The USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic is a clinical program run by faculty and student legal interns at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law School. The Clinic provides free basic intellectual property legal assistance to those who have limited resources for legal services, including filmmakers, artists, journalists, musicians, small businesses, non-profit organizations, innovators, independent developers. The Clinic provides a range of intellectual property related services for its clients, including counseling on copyright and fair use legal issues; registering trademarks; drafting basic work-for-hire agreements, contribution agreements, license agreements, assignments and other contracts relating to intellectual property ownership; and drafting intellectual property policies, Privacy Policies and Terms of Use.

The Clinic does not provide services in connection with patents, copyright registration, or litigation.

Apply to become a client of the Clinic HERE.


Who We Are

The Clinic is directed by Professor Valerie Barreiro and staffed by clinical interns who are second and third-year law students at USC.

Valerie Barreiro is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic. Prior to joining USC Gould, Prof. Barreiro was a Business Affairs executive and Vice President of Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal. Prof. Barreiro structured, negotiated and drafted all key agreements relating to the development, production and exhibition of unscripted television programs, such as The Voice, and provided legal counsel to senior executives at the Universal Television Studio and the NBC Network.

Prof. Barreiro joined NBC as media counsel in 2006. In that role, she served as lead media counsel for the west coast Telemundo television stations, reviewing scripts and providing legal advice on developing news stories for various news programs, including NBC Nightly News and Today Show.

Prof. Barreiro started her legal career in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, where she tried more than 50 criminal cases. Prof. Barreiro litigated numerous intellectual property cases at Weston & McElvain LLP in Los Angeles. She also served as a deputy city attorney, negotiating the renewal of franchise agreements with cable operators Adelphia, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.


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