Intellectual Property Clinic will help determine patent protection eligibility.
Penn State Law is tentatively scheduled to open the Intellectual Property Clinic in the fall of 2016.
The clinic, which is still in a developmental phase, will provide counseling with respect to whether certain inventions are eligible for patent protection, the protection of trade secrets and the registration of trademarks and copyrights.
Catherine Kurtz Gowen, a patent attorney with 25 years of practice experience, recently joined the Penn State Law faculty to direct the IPC. She served 22 years as patent counsel at Johnson & Johnson, providing IP counseling to affiliate companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology businesses.
Gowen will guide law students who will provide legal counsel to clients on intellectual property issues.
Students in the clinic will work with those in the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic, which launched in the fall of 2015. The clinics, according to the university, are expected to play a large role in Invent Penn State, a $30-million economic development initiative aimed at turning ideas at Penn State into business ventures. The university sees clinics like the IPC as a key component of the initiative.
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