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Penn State program offers free patent law services to entrepreneurs across the state

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 12th, 2020

A special program at Pennsylvania State University is helping regional tech entrepreneurs navigate the process of protecting their intellectual property.

The IP Clinic helps founders from the university and across Pennsylvania determine how to properly secure a patent, trademark, copyright or trade secret. Program director Rachel Herder and her team, comprised of Penn State law students, travel the state giving workshops and one-on-one consulting, as well as using video conferences to meet with remote clients. All services are free and open to any business or person in the state.

“We are insanely busy, which is a good thing, because it speaks to the robust entrepreneurial interest students, faculty, researchers and community members have in solving real-world problems,” says Herder. “I am constantly impressed by how creative and thoughtful the law students are at Penn State Law. They are committed to helping entrepreneurs and getting them on the right path.”

There is currently a waiting list of entrepreneurs seeking resources from the IP Clinic, so businesses are encouraged to make appointments early.

“You can blow your opportunity for patent rights if you share the technology before you have protections in place,” Herder says. “As the Penn State community aims its groundbreaking research at creating real-world solutions, it will be critical to collaborate with entrepreneurs so their visions are protected.”

Source: Penn State News

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