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Intellectual Property

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is an established center for the practice of intellectual property (IP) law, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (government headquarters for patents, trademarks, and copyright) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which has sole appellate jurisdiction over patent cases) located minutes away from the law school.

*The Practical Preparation of Patent Applications is a legal clinic in which JD students write actual patent applications for inventions, working directly with the inventors.
*The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property brings together scholars, industry leaders, inventors, creators, and policymakers to examine foundational questions and current controversies concerning patents, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights.
* The Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic teaches students the legal and policy skills required for engaging with Congress, agencies, and courts on behalf of copyright owners.

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Intellectual property law is a wide field, and it really focuses on patents, copyright, and trademarks.

It's a mechanism that we've developed as a society to reward the important efforts that artists and musicians and other innovative inventors put into developing the great music and creative works, but also, the technological innovation that we've all grown to love, that we all rely on.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is very nearby. We currently work closely with the CPIP organization, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property. And protecting innovation is just critical behind intellectual property rights. And that's something that Scalia Law is trying to facilitate.

We have great opportunities for intellectual property law clinics. The Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic, which was founded last year, gives students a one of its kind the opportunity to see what it's like to represent artists in the creative communities. On top of that, we have a Patent Prosecution Clinic and many other clinics for students that may be interested in clinics outside of the IP space.

I'm Jennifer Bisk. I'm an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board here at the USPTO. I graduated from George Mason Law School in 2006. The school has a really robust evening program. And because there are a lot of patent practitioners also in the area, because of the patent office, there's a lot of people with experience who actually teach at the program there.

I had an internship at the Federal Circuit working for Chief Judge Rader during my first summer of law school. So that really helped me learn what patent law is about and get inside the system and eventually lead to where I am today.

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