UT College of Law Launches Trademark Legal Clinic

Students at the University of Tennessee College of Law will soon be able to practice trademark law before the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), school officials announced today. The college is one of only 47 law schools chosen to participate in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. As part of the program, UT’s Business Law Clinic will provide trademark legal services to independent inventors and small businesses on a pro bono basis. Students will represent clients before the USPTO under the guidance of a faculty clinic supervisor. "Branding has become an increasingly important element of promoting a successful product or business," said Brian Krumm, director of the UT Business Law Clinic and supervisor of the pilot program. "Providing our students the opportunity for hands-on experience with the trademark process will make them more effective counselors to businesses when they become practicing attorneys." 

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