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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 prosecution, and learn skills needed to recognize and obtain valuable and enforceable patents for clients that may later be successfully licensed or litigated. Regardless of whether students plan to practice transactional patent law or in patent litigation, the clinic gives students insight into both areas of practice so that they may understand the impact that actions taken during the patent procurement process have during a subsequent patent 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. This permits them to represent clients directly before the USPTO including conducting examiner interviews, as well as signing and filing patent applications, office actions, 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 prosecution, licensing and litigation, and learn skills needed to recognize and obtain valuable and enforceable patents for clients. Regardless of whether students plan to practice transactional patent law or in patent litigation, the clinic gives students exposure to both areas of practice so that they may understand the impact that actions taken during the patent procurement process have during a subsequent patent litigation.

Through their clinical experience, students work with independent inventors and start-up companies to draft and prosecute patent applications in the USPTO under the supervision of licensed patent attorneys. Additionally, students learn to conduct validity and infringement analyses while gaining valuable skills such as patent due diligence, valuation, and licensing strategies.

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

Course information

The Patent Clinic is a one-semester course.

  • Credits: three graded credits
  • Pre- or Co-Requisite(s): Patent Law, Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation

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

Applications dates

Spring 2019:
Application period: September 26th - November 7th
Offers extended to students: November 16
Student acceptances due: November 19

Fall 2019:
Application period: January 21st - March 4th
Offers extended to students: March 8
Student acceptances due: March 11

**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.

Questions

For additional questions, please contact Michelle Gross, Director at 480-965-2007 or Karen Furgeson at 480-965-6523

Our People

Michelle Gross

Michelle Gross
Director, Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic
Professor of Practice
michellegross@asu.edu