Lincoln Law School of San Jose
Pro Bono Clinic Services
If potential clients are located in the state of California, no financial limitation is imposed. Additionally, for those with a financial need (e.g. not to exceed 150% of federal poverty guidelines, the Clinic does not impose any geographic restrictions.
The Clinic counsels clients on whether their invention is potentially patentable, or if a trademark is potentially registerable.
A search may be performed to determine if your invention is novel and non-obvious, and/or if your mark has already been registered.
A patent application includes a detailed description of the invention with accompanying figures. A trademark application includes an indication of when your mark was first in use, and the specific goods and/or services it may relate to. Other applicable forms (including a power of attorney) are filed as needed.
Typically, after submitting a patent or trademark application, a rejection is mailed explaining the substantive and/or procedural reasons for rejecting the application. The Clinic assists with providing a response to such rejection.
The Clinic may conduct interviews with the Examiner to bridge the gap between an examiner and an applicant with regard to the substantive matters and issues in an application.
SUBMIT A FORM FOR IP CLINIC SERVICES
To apply for services, the Clinic accepts applications for review only during the months of June-July. If an application is submitted outside of the window of review (outside of June-July time period), it will not be processed. The deadline for applying for services (for the following academic year) is the last day of July every year. During the month of August, all submitted applications are reviewed. The Clinic will indicate by the end of August whether your application was placed in the queue for services for the following semester.