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Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic

The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic (“DIPTC”) immerses students in a transactional interdisciplinary IP law practice.

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How Clients Apply

DIPTC has completed the review process and selected new clients for the Fall 2021 semester. You may submit an application at any time, but the DIPTC will review new applications and begin to make decisions for the Spring 2022 semester in December.

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About the DIPTC

The DIPTC is a teaching law firm that allows students to directly service clients under the close supervision of licensed attorneys. The DIPTC provides pro bono (free) transactional patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and privacy counsel to individuals, and non-profit and for-profit ventures in science, technology, business, and the arts. 

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Trademark Filing Guides

The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic provides two free to use trademark filing guides. These guides are meant to help inform users who are in the process of considering whether to file a federal trademark application with the USPTO.

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Prof. Cynthia Dahl explains the Taylor Swift copyright controversy

Dahl notes that most recording artists in a similar position as Swift regarding copyrights – “and maybe it’s time for that to change.”

Detkin Intellectual Property Clinic supports Penn’s efforts to commercialize vital vaccine technology

As part of the clinic, Alex DeLaney GR’19, L’22 helped support the University’s technology licensing process.

Professor Dahl on SCOTUS limiting patent law’s assignor estoppel doctrine

Dahl comments on the SCOTUS ruling, Minerva Surgical v. Hologic, which limits the patent-law doctrine known as “assignor estoppel” baring inventors who sell patent rights from later claiming they’re invalid as a defense to infringement claims.

Cindy Dahl

Prof. Cynthia Dahl honored for teaching excellence

Congratulations to Professor Cynthia Dahl, honored by Penn Law in May 2021 for her teaching excellence!