Originally named the Patent Clinic, the Intellectual Property Clinic is a joint effort between the TEC and the University of Illinois College of Law (COL) in which selected participants from the Cozad New Venture Competition, iVenture Accelerator and the Illinois Innovation Prize entrants can have a patent application drafted for them at no cost, if their invention description includes a novel and potentially patentable device, system or method. The value of this program is worth at least $10,000-$12,000 per patent application for each student/team. Innovators work with third-year law students to give them the information needed to author the applications, under the supervision of Professor Joe Barich.
This year, the IP Clinic will include two Tracks; the Patent Track (as described above) and the Trademark Track. The Trademark Track will allow the law students to advise their companies on trademark matters, prepare trademark applications, and draft and update weekly summaries of their activities with regard to their assigned companies. Companies selected for the Patent Track will have the preference for participation in the Trademark Track.
Joe Barich is licensed patent attorney and is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Law where he has taught Patent Prosecution since the Spring semester of 2005. He partnered with TEC to launch the Patent Clinic during the spring of 2008, and this year accepted seven student teams from more than 20 that applied. The collaboration and partnership are one that TEC continues to nurture and develop with each academic year. To date, 40 patent applications have been drafted for our student innovators, which has provided over $430,000 in free patent work to them.