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295.4F sec. 001 - Berkeley IP Practicum Clinic (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Allison Schmitt  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Course Start: August 21, 2023
Course End: December 06, 2023

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

The Berkeley IP Practicum offers students interested in IP law a hands-on experience, representing real startups in IP diligence, under the supervision of a practicing lawyer from a leading law firm. Students are teamed with a practicing attorney to perform an IP review for an early stage start-up in the life sciences. Under the supervision of the practicing attorney, students meet with the client, learn about its innovative technology, and prepare an Intellectual Property Summary, complete with a summary of the Company’s IP strategy and a "freedom to operate" analysis , which the student presents to the client at the end of the semester and which the client can use in its financing activities.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the IP issues confronting early stage businesses as well as hands-on, real world experience working with entrepreneurs.

To enroll in the Berkeley IP Practicum, students must also enroll in the Berkeley IP Due Diligence Seminar (Law 295.4E).

Enrollment requires completion of Intellectual Property Law 275.3, or Patent Law 277W and a brief application. In the summer, before classes start, students who have signed up for the IP Lab Seminar and Practicum will be matched with a supervisor and will be given the course number for the supervisor’s Practicum. To help assess whether to admit you to the IP Lab and to help us match registered students to a start-up client, please email Allison Schmitt (, Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Life Sciences Project, with the following information:


Undergraduate degree and major:

Graduate coursework or degrees, if any:

Patent-related experience (summer jobs, part-time work, etc.):

IP-related courses taken at Berkeley Law (or during your previous education, for LLMs):

JDs, please apply by April 27th.
LLMs and transfer students, please apply by July 31st.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Intellectual Property Law (275.3), Patent Law (277W), or equivalent courses at previous institution (for LLM students)

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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