Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic (C)-LAW JD 724

Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic (C)

Dates: All year

By: Boston University

Location: Boston

Credits: 3

The Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic provides the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of these areas and build important practice skills through the representation of clients. Under direct faculty supervision, students work on a variety of matters typically encountered by entrepreneurs in launching new business ventures, such as choice of entity, capital structure, equity allocation and compensation, financing and employment arrangements. This entails, among other lawyering tasks, interviewing potential clients and preparing documents typically required to establish and conduct a new business, including organizational documents, founders' and shareholders' agreements, employment and consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements and financing-related documents. Students also undertake IP projects, such as advising clients on options for IP protection, conducting trademark searches and applications, applying for copyright registrations, and conducting copyright clearances and fair use opinions. The clinic does not provide patent prosecution or related advice, but clinic students will likely facilitate relationships between clinic clients and a network of volunteer patent lawyers, and will participate in meetings with those lawyers. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: If you have not already done so, you must take corporations during the first semester of the clinic. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Contract Drafting and some intellectual property coursework (the IP survey course and/or other subject-matter-specific courses). NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. Priority is given to 3Ls. 2Ls will be considered only as space allows. Acceptance is competitive. www.bu.edu

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