3 credits – Perspectives course
Instructor:  Wissam Aoun

Course Description:
Under the supervision of qualified intellectual property lawyers, students will provide intellectual property assistance for eligible local clients, include student entrepreneurs and tech startups. Students will interview inventors, prepare drawings and a description for a patentability search, evaluate the patentability search results, prepare drawing layouts for a patent application for inventors, and write all parts of the specifications including claims for the invention.

Students will file applications with the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), as well as the possibility of working with other students from abroad. Students will also have the opportunity to respond to communications from the patent office, and attend regular training sessions at the USPTO and CIPO.

Students who wish to take the course in any given year must submit an application package to the Academic Coordinator at before August 31, which package must include a statement of interest, unofficial law school and undergrad grades and preferably a resume. The application should also include what term the students would like to take the course- fall, winter or both. The course is capped at 10 students per term.

Preference is given to 3L students. Students who submit an application after the August 31 deadline may be considered for enrollment, subject to availability.

Students must be able to cross the Detroit-Windsor border, as there are regular trips to the Detroit USPTO.

Pre-requisite or co-requisite: Patents Law