The USC Intellectual Property and 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 represents entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers who are struggling with the challenges presented by the clash of technology with law and policy. To learn more about the Clinic and its work you can browse this website or get in contact with us by phone or e-mail. Learn More...
Clinic Members Lead Training on Fair Use & the DMCA
On Monday April 22, 2013, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic gave a presentation to over 100 documentary filmmakers as part of the International Documentary Association‘s Doc U educational series
Clinic hosts screening of landmark surf documentary
On April 25, 2013, the IPTLC hosted a screening of the landmark surf documentary “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story” at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Clinic Files Amicus Brief in Closely-Watched Cambridge University Press Case
The IPTLC has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of university professors in a major educational fair use case in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Clinic Submits Comment to U.S. Copyright Office
Clinic submits a comment on behalf of the International Documentary Association regarding how orphan works and mass digitization should be addressed in the U.S.
Clinic Achieves Historic DMCA Exemption
The Clinic in association with Donaldson & Calif obtained an exemption to the DMCA covering documentary filmmakers and multimedia e-book authors.
The Clinic is directed by Professor Jack Lerner and student clinical interns. Two to three students work at the Clinic during the summer and then continue with the Clinic during the fall and spring semesters with other students joining during regular registration.
"Working at the Clinic this summer has been a great experience. No where else would a first year law student get to work directly with clients in a safe learning space. I felt empowered to take on responsibility while being able to ask questions as I went along. Working with the other clinical interns created an environment that fostered collaboration and intellectual curiosity." - Omar Noureldin, Student Intern Summer 2012
Today the Application Developers Alliance (ADA) announced that it will be partnering with the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic and other law schools nationwide to form the Law School Patent Troll Defense Network. From the announcement: The Law School Patent Troll Defense Network (trolldefensenetwork.org) is a consortium of law
Today the USC IP & Tech Clinic filed a brief on behalf of the Application Developers Alliance asking the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of WildTangent v. Ultramercial. This is a case about whether a claim on using advertising as a substitute for currency, combined with eleven conventional steps
On August 5, 2013, Professor Jack Lerner returned to HuffpostLive to further discuss the ongoing NSA controversy. Professor Lerner and other guests (including USC’s own Professor Daria Roithmayr) assessed the recent Reuters report that showed that the NSA had been providing law enforcement information to the DEA, and then concealing
On July 9th, 2013, Professor Jack Lerner and Summer 2013 Clinic Interns, Michael Frank, Michelle Lee, and Diana Wade presented “What the NSA Surveillance Revelations Mean for the Ethics of Cloud Computing ” to the State Bar of California’s Cyberspace Law Committee. The presentation outlined the advantages and disadvantages
On Monday April 22, 2013, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic gave a presentation to over 100 documentary filmmakers as part of the International Documentary Association‘s Doc U educational series on the exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) that the clinic and Donaldson + Callif helped
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