Our Team

Clinic Director: Eve J. Brown

Lead Strategic Business Consultant: Paul F. Nagy

2014-2015 Student Attorneys:

Rajat Bhardwaj

Nicole Cocozza

Heather Duffy

Emmanuel Gonzalez

Kevin Jarvis

Laury Lucien

Maria Jose Rivera

Kailey-Lynn Theriault

Services Offered

The following is a list of services we may be able to offer through the clinic. Actual availability of each service depends on clinic capacity and student attorney expertise at the time you apply to become a client. To apply to become a client of the clinic, please submit the online application available under the "Information for Client" tab.

  • Legal Services For Entrepreneurs and Businesses

    Incorporation and Choice of Entity
    Short and Long-Term IP Strategy
    IP AuditsIP Forms, Including NDAs and Non-Compete Agreements
    IP and Privacy Policies
    Terms of Service and EULAs
    Contracts
    Licensing Agreements and Negotiations
    Trademark Searches
    Trademark Applications
    Trademark Oppositions and Cancellations
    Cease and Desist Letters
    Co-Existence Agreements
    Dispute Resolution

  • For Inventors

    Patentability Analysis and Advice
    Provisional Patent Applications
    Licensing Agreements and Negotiations
  • For Creative Clients

    Copyright Registrations
    Copyright Clearances
    Fair Use Opinions
    Publishing Agreements
    Licensing Agreements and Negotiations
    Dispute Resolution
  • We are unable to provide

    Patent Searches
    Non-Provisional Patent Applications or Filings
    Equity Agreements
    Shareholder Agreements
    Fundraising Assistance

Information for Students

Each year, 8 law students in their last year of law school enroll in the clinic and work at least 15 hours per week on real client matters. Each student typically handles 6-10 cases throughout the year. Clinic director Eve J. Brown meets with each student individually once a week to talk about each case and provide one-on-one training.Students in the clinic also meet as a group every week to talk about cases, share best practices and discuss ethical issues that arise, reflect on what they are learning, and discuss practical lawyering skills. 

Students in the clinic counsel real clients on an extensive range of IP and related business issues. Some of the clients of the clinic include:

  • Artists, authors, designers, and musicians who want to protect their creative efforts;                   
  • Innovators who seek to protect their inventions;
  • Entrepreneurs, established corporations, and nonprofit organizations with trademark, trade secret, trade dress, contracting, and licensing needs; and
  • Individuals and businesses hoping to acquire or assign intellectual property rights.  

Clinic students take primary responsibility for all client matters. In addition to responsibilities like interviewing clients and legal research, students can expect to gain hands-on experience in mediating disputes, drafting transactional and litigation documents, interacting with the U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, counseling clients on strategies for identifying and safeguarding protectable information, registering copyrights and trademarks, negotiating licenses, drafting nondisclosure agreements, prosecuting and defending infringement claims, representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and incorporating and advising start-ups.  

Just as with lawyers in the real world, clinic students are required to maintain case files for all cases and projects. Students learn how to organize and maintain both electronic and hard copy files, and to keep track of overlapping dockets and deadlines.

What sets our clinic students apart is that they learn not only black letter law, but also how the law works and applies in the complicated real world contexts in which their clients operate. This practical, hands-on experience helps our graduates to become true competitive assets in the legal market place. 

  • Applications for IPEC are available through the Clinical Programs Office in the Spring              
  • Duration: Full-year clinic
  • Credits: 8 credits (4 credits per semester/letter grade)
  • Prerequisites: Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and IP Survey or at least two of the following: Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law
  • Additional Recommended Coursework for Applicants: Intellectual Property Strategy, Transactional Law and Practice, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, & the Law, Corporations, Cyberspace & Technology Law, Advanced Legal Writing: Intellectual Property Litigation  

Information for Clients

The Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic at Suffolk University Law School offers free legal services to protect artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial efforts.

If you are an artist, author, designer, musician, filmmaker, photographer, inventor, entrepreneur, or innovator who wants to protect, acquire, license, or simply learn more about your legal rights, our clinic may be the perfect resource.

Clients are accepted into the clinic on a rolling basis between August and May based on clinic capacity. To apply for clinic services, please complete and submit the application below. You will receive a response to your application within one week.

The clinic is located in the Clinical Programs Office on the first floor of Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street in downtown Boston.

For a comprehensive list of the legal services we provide, please see the “Services Offered” tab.

Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic
Suffolk University Law School

Potential Client Application

PLEASE NOTE: Filling out an application does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Work will not begin on your matter until we both decide that you will become a Clinic client. You have the right to continue to look for an attorney and decline legal services from us (if offered).

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Resources and Videos

Useful Links

The following are recommended links for artists, entrepreneurs, and others interested in IP information and assistance:

Informative Videos

"Intellectual Property Considerations for Entrepreneurs"

Click on the above link to view a short video discussion of IP considerations for entrepreneurs, featuring IPEC director Eve Brown, Sawyer Entrepreneurship Professor Paul Nagy, and Goodwin Procter partner Steve Charkoudian. This video was made possibly by Founders Workbench, a free website portal that offers information, forms, and resources for start-ups on all legal aspects of forming, financing, operating, growing and protecting new ventures.

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