Lincoln Law School of San Jose


We are unique.

The IP Clinic is a first in many regards. It is the first patent clinic in Northern California and Silicon Valley, the first trademark clinic in Silicon Valley (the second in Northern California), and the first (and only) non-ABA school to ever be admitted into the USTPO clinic program.

Lincoln Law School of San Jose is distinguished in its offering of intellectual property (I.P.) coursework and focus coupled with an opportunity to interact directly with the USPTO because it is one of only a limited number of patent and trademark clinics nationally.

We invite you to learn more about the Clinic and look forward to potentially providing you with services.

about Lincoln Law

Earn hands-on experience.

The IP Clinic allows students to have “hand’s on” experience in working with professors, inventors, businesses, and other local entities. Under the direction of a supervising attorney or licensed patent agent, students work with clients in areas of trademarks and patents. Students interact directly with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to file and prosecute patent and trademark applications. The Law School provides many courses relating to IP and has many faculty members with a background specifically focused on patents, copyrights, or trademarks.

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose continues more than a 100-year tradition of seeking to provide California with lawyers who possess practical skills and superior ability. The Law School is an opportunity school--a school that seeks a student body as diverse as the population of our state and provides quality legal education to individuals who are qualified to study and practice law but who, because of prior economic or social circumstances, might not otherwise be able to do so.

Our distinguished faculty is composed of judges and practicing attorneys, who not only know their subject areas but, as a rule, have practical legal experience in the area of the law they teach. The faculty is dedicated to the mission of providing an equal opportunity to those seeking to become California lawyers. It is a hallmark of our faculty that they are here primarily because of their love of the law, their love of teaching, and a fervent desire to impart their legal knowledge to the next generation of attorneys. A union of spirited faculty and students, seeking to quench their thirst for knowledge, creates an elixir conducive to a cooperative learning process. While this process is demanding, it is also rewarding for both professor and student.

Our Faculty


Britten Sessions

Director of IP Clinic

About Britten

Britten Sessions is a patent attorney at Zilka-Kotab, PC. He has years of experience in working in every stage of the patent process, including early-stage IP opportunities, strategic preparation, and procurement of patents, and alignment of patent portfolios with business strategies. Currently, Professor Sessions manages the IP Department at Lincoln Law School. Additionally, he teaches several classes relating to intellectual property, patent practice, and IP portfolio strategies. He has authored many publications, including a 600-page textbook, and several peer-reviewed articles.

Mr. Sessions grew up in Orange County, California, received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University, and then received his J.D. from Santa Clara University. He is active in the community, serving on several organization boards, and giving many presentations a year to the public.

Mitesh Patel

Mitesh Patel


About Mitesh

Mitesh Patel is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Corporate and Intellectual Property Practice. His practice includes working with clients on domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement, branding, and advertising issues, internet, and privacy law, and technology transactions. Mitesh is also an adjunct instructor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, teaching classes on Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business, and a supervising attorney at the Intellectual Property Clinic at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Elizabeth Chien-Hale

Elizabeth Chien-Hale

Patent Attorney

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is an international patent attorney with work experience in both U.S. and Chinese law firms, as well as U.S. companies incluidng Apple and Eaton. She is sought out by universities and professional organizations for her U.S. and cross-border patent expertise, especially with respect to China, in both prosecution and litigation.

Elizabeth has accepted in-depth leadership roles in organizations such as the American Society of International Law (Executive Council) and the American Bar Association (currently on Council of the Intellectual Property Law Section).

She has lectured and written frequently in both English and Chinese on IP issues, including policy, patent procurement, and litigation.

Bill Baker

Bill Baker


About Bill

Mr. Baker is a Lincoln Law School graduate and former student of the Intellectual Property Clinic at Lincoln Law School of San Jose who has been instrumental in helping develop and produce the introductory Intellectual Property materials available to students enrolled in online Intellectual Property classes. Outside of the Intellectual Property Clinic at Lincoln Law School of San Jose, Mr. Baker is an Attorney at a San Jose boutique patent firm, Zilka-Kotab PC.

Our Support

Because we are a pro bono clinic, we exist based on donations and the generous time of others.