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New Clinic to Provide Insight into Patent Process

Peter DetkinThe Law School has received a major gift to establish a one-of-a-kind intellectual property and technology legal clinic whose twin aims are to give students practical, hands-on experience in the patent and licensing process and to build on University research to bring products to market.

The new clinic will be called the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic in recognition of the gift from Peter Detkin EE'82, L'85, the noted IP entrepreneur and founder and vice chairman of Intellectual Ventures, an invention investment firm. Detkin serves on the board of overseers for Penn's Engineering School.

The Detkin Clinic will be operated in collaboration with Penn's Center for Technology Transfer. The clinic will involve extensive cross-disciplinary collaboration between Penn Law and Penn's Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Business (Wharton), Arts and Sciences, and other Penn departments and programs involved in the patenting and licensing processes, as well as related research.

In addition, the clinic will be integrated with Penn Law's curriculum in law and technology and build upon the strengths of its research programs, such as Penn Law's Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. Projects from the Detkin Clinic will be used as case studies in non-clinical courses, and students will be expected to have completed certain prerequisite Law School courses, such as introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law, prior to enrolling in the clinic.

Real-world cases on which students will likely work include invention and market evaluation, patent prosecution and patent application development, strategic decision-making related to patents and licensing, and negotiation of licensing or other commercialization deals.