Law and intellectual property
Pictured above is James M. Silbermann, a staff attorney in trademark section of the Office of Enrollment & Discipline at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger, Professor Cynthia Dahl, Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic and Penn Law 2Ls Christina Chen L’20, MCIT’20 and Delaney Butler L’20, MCIT’20. Both Christina and Delaney are joint degree students in the JD/MCIT (Computer and Information Technology at Penn Engineering). Delaney is also enrolled in the Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic in the USPTO Certification Program. The Law School Clinic Certification program allows Penn Law students to practice Intellectual Property Law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the guidance of Professor Dahl. Students gain experience drafting and filing trademark applications for clients of the law school clinic. And because they are authorized to practice before the USPTO, they gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with trademark examining attorneys for the applications they have filed.