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Lisa Foundation Patent Law

The Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic is the brainchild of prominent Chicago patent attorney Steven G. Lisa, a 1984 ASU Law alumnus. To date, through Lisa's foundation, the clinic has received $200,000 in donated funding.

Students receive hands-on experience in real-world patent and trademark prosecution, and learn skills needed to recognize and obtain valuable and enforceable patents and trademarks for clients that may later be successfully licensed or litigated. Regardless of whether students plan to practice transactional patent and trademark law or intellectual property litigation, the clinic gives students insight into both areas of practice so that they may understand the impact that actions taken during the patent and trademark procurement processes have during a subsequent litigation.

The clinic is a member of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)’s Law School Clinic Certification Program in which students receive limited recognition practice numbers. Those who have a science or engineering background represent both patent and trademark clients whereas those without a technical background practice only on the trademark side of the clinic. The limited recognition practice numbers permit students to represent clients directly before the USPTO including signing and filing patent and trademark applications, office actions, maintenance and renewal documents, conducting examiner interviews and other official correspondence on behalf of clients.

What students do:

Students in the Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic receive hands-on experience in real-world patent and trademark prosecution, including client interviewing and counseling, patentability and registrability searching and opinions, and drafting and filing patent and trademark applications and office action responses.

Through their clinical experience, students work with independent inventors and start-up companies to assess clients’ IP protection needs and draft and prosecute patent and trademark applications in the USPTO under the supervision of a licensed patent and trademark attorney.

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Course information

The Patent Clinic is a one-semester course but may be taken for a second semester with instructor approval.

  • Credits: three graded credits for the first semester; 1-3 pass/fail credits for students returning for a second semester
  • Recommended Pre- or Co-Requisite(s): Patent Law, Comprehensive Patent Practice, Patent Drafting, Patent Preparation, Trademark Law and Prosecuting Trademark Applications.

Time commitment

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 135 total hours in the Clinic during the one semester.

  • Fall or Spring Semester – 10 hours per week

Student Applications Dates for Clinic:

Spring 2021: 
Applications: September 23rd through October 23rd, 2020
Offers extended to students: October 30, 2020
Student acceptances due: November 2nd, 2020 by 5 pm

Summer/Fall 2021: 
Application period: January 11th - February 11th, 2021
Offers extended to students: February 25th, 2021
Student acceptances due: March 5th, 2021 by 5 pm

**IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, Clinics – Students who have applied for a clinic and have been accepted may decline upon offer without consequence. However, once a student has accepted a clinic offered, any student who drops the clinic without prior approval by the dean’s designee will be subject to the 12-month ban.

Students may apply via Atlas during the application period listed above.

Our People

Michelle Gross

Michelle Gross
Director, Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic
Professor of Practice


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