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.

Who We Are

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

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USC News Spotlights Clinic Work in Supreme Court on Patent Policy

Yesterday, USC News spotlighted the work of the IP & Tech Clinic’s own Mikhail Brandon ’14 and Michelle Lee ’15, who filed two briefs in the Supreme Court this year as well as a comment with the Federal Trade Commission.  Read the story here. You can read our own blog

Michael Donaldson, Long-Time Friend of Clinic, Testifies to the Committee of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding Orphan Works

As part of the clinic’s continuing work on the orphan works problem, we are excited to announce that Michael Donaldson of Donaldson + Callif, LLP, long-time friend of the clinic, former President of theInternational Documentary Association (IDA), and pro bono outside counsel for Film Independent(FIND), recently testified to the Committee of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual

Clinic files amicus brief in closely-watched Ninth Circuit copyright case

Guest post by recent USC Law grad Rom Bar-Nissim ’13, who was on the legal team on the brief.  Clinic interns Patrick Boyle and Patrick McCormick also worked on the project. Today the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Garcia v. Google case in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of long-time Clinic client the International

Clinic Members Speak on Orphan Works at Library of Congress

This week, Patrick Boyle, Patrick McCormick and Professor Lerner of the USC IP & Tech Law Clinic spoke at the Library of Congress on behalf of the International Documentary Association and Film Independent at a series of roundtable sessions hosted by the United States Copyright Office regarding the orphan works problem in copyright. Orphan

Clinic files second amicus brief on behalf of app developers in the U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday, the USC IP & Tech Clinic filed another amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank concerning the problems with overly broad and abstract patents. The Clinic, again representing the Application Developers Alliance, teamed up with Public Knowledge to co-author the brief to discuss the

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