Students explore the America Invents Act with USPTO staff

Six William Mitchell College of Law Intellectual Property Institute students recently traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a firsthand look at the inner workings of the USPTO.

Students Scott Berger, Kristen Clark, Satoko Furuya, Steph Hilstrom, Andrew Schmid, and Andy Schofield made the trip, which was funded by the Intellectual Property Institute and designed to introduce them to many of the country’s leaders in protecting business, commerce, and innovation.

While in the nation’s capital, they met with Randall R. Rader, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, discussed the America Invents Act with USPTO attorneys, and sat in on a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board hearing.

Mitchell students with Judge Rader

The trip is just one of the many ways Mitchell’s Intellectual Property Institute allows students to make connections at the highest level of the profession, gain firsthand experience in practicing the law, and see how the theories they’re learning in class apply to the real world.

Under the supervision of Professors Jay Erstling, Ken Port, and Carl Moy, Mitchell’s intellectual property law students also publish an online law journal, represent clients in a broad array of matters, including filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the USPTO, and drafting proposed legislation.


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