Who We Are
USC’s Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic (IPTLC) provides basic intellectual property legal assistance to Los Angeles based artists, film-makers, musicians, small businesses, non-profit organizations, innovators, independent game-makers and others who cannot afford to pay market rates for legal services. The IPTLC gives students hands-on experience handling legal issues at the intersection of intellectual property law and technology while simultaneously enabling creative projects in the Los Angeles area to flourish. The Clinic’s curriculum stresses the importance of thinking through the complexities of intellectual property and technology law, and working to understand its effect on the public interest. Through the hands-on experience of representing clients, students learn professional responsibility, counseling and advocacy skills, research skills, substantive law and procedural rules related to their projects, as well as more general skills related to professionalism, work-flow management and teamwork.
Navigating the complexities of intellectual property laws can be a daunting and prohibitively expensive endeavor. The IPTLC provides free legal services to its clients to help them solve their IP challenges.
IPTLC client matters are handled by second and third year USC law students, working under the close supervision of a full-time law professor who supervises and directs the program.
Clients are selected by the IPTLC based upon a variety of factors, including the complexity of the case and the size and variety in the IPTLC case load.
Clients are seen by appointment only.
What We Do
The IPTLC provides a range of intellectual property related services for its clients, including the following:
- Counseling on copyright and fair use, trademarks, unfair competition, and right of publicity legal issues;
- Registering trademarks;
- Analyzing and responding to cease-and-desist letters;
- Drafting basic work-for-hire agreements, contribution agreements, assignments, and other contracts relating to intellectual property ownership;
- Drafting and negotiating basic license agreements;
- Reviewing and updating existing intellectual property policies; and
The IPTLC does not handle patent work or litigation.
Prospective clients may contact the clinic by email at IPT@law.usc.edu or by telephone at (213) 740-7088.