IPTLC in Action

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 patent applications.

Apply to become a client of the Clinic HERE.


Who We Are

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

Jef is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic.  Prior to joining USC Gould, Prof. Pearlman spent four years as the Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law in the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford.  In the clinic, Jef helped supervise and train second- and third-year law students to represent non-profits and innovators at the cutting edge of intellectual property and innovation policy in courts, administrative agencies, and the public sphere.

Prior to his work at Stanford, Jef received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he represented clients as a student in the Cyberlaw Clinic.  After law school, Jef clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer on the Northern District of California and, sitting by designation, on the 1st, 6th, and 9th circuits.  Jef was then awarded the Bruce Ennis Fellowship for First Amendment Law, which enabled him to advocate for sound IP, technology, and innovation policy as a fellow and staff attorney at the DC-based nonprofit, Public Knowledge.  Jef then returned to the Bay Area, where he litigated patent disputes in federal court and at the International Trade Commission and advised clients on a variety of corporate, transactional, and litigation issues relating to open source software at Covington & Burling LLP.


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