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Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic


The Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic provides an opportunity for students to advocate on behalf of clients for the development and application of intellectual property law and regulatory policies that maximize the underlying goals of those laws and regulations:  promoting innovation, creativity and generativity.  Students represent important stakeholders such as national and regional non-profit organizations; associations of innovators, entrepreneurs, technology users and consumers; groups of technologists or legal academics; and occasionally individual inventors, start-ups, journalists, or researchers. 

What We Do

Click here to read about some of the Clinic's recent major projects and the terrific work of our dedicated students.

Juelsgaard Clinic in the News

The latest issue of Stanford Lawyer Magazine features a profile of the Juelsgaard Clinic and some of our students' great work last year.  

Openings for Enrollment in Spring 2015

There are still a limited number of enrollment opportunities available in the Juelsgaard Clinic for the upcoming spring quarter.  If you are an SLS student who is interested in copyright, patents or trademarks, or in antitrust, privacy, or other law and regulation that affects innovation, the Clinic provides an excellent opportunity to represent clients and hone your advocacy, writing and policy skills in these complex areas.  
The Clinic
Under the close supervision of clinic director Phil Malone, along with supervising attorney and lecturer Jef Pearlman, students work on complex matters of patent, copyright, trademark, antitrust, privacy, security and other law and regulation in areas ranging from internet and information technology to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, clean technology, and the creation and distribution of information.

Students in the clinic are immersed in the vital role lawyers play in developing sophisticated and interdisciplinary public policy through tools that may include:

  • amicus briefs;
  • comments or testimony in rulemaking and regulatory proceedings, such as comments to the FCC on net neutrality, to the PTO or Copyright Office on patent or copyright reform, to OSTP on issues such as open access, privacy or open data, to the FTC as part of IP and innovation hearings and reports, to the FDA on genetic testing, personalized medicine or mobile medical technologies, etc.;
  • comments or testimony on proposed legislation; and
  • public whitepapers, policy analyses or other “best practices” documents. 

Recent projects (click here for more detailed descriptions) include amicus briefs to the Supreme Court, Second and Ninth Circuits and federal district courts; a policy paper on behalf of tech startups advocating for net neutrality at the FCC; a public whitepaper explaining alternative, innovation-friendly patent licensing practices; counseling individual clients whose anonymity was threatened in a patent lawsuit, and more.

In all these settings, the clinic’s core mission is foster innovation by advancing a regulatory climate that is appropriately sensitive to the ways in which law—whether through litigation, legislation, or regulation—can serve to promote (or frustrate) the inventiveness, creativity, and entrepreneurship that provide the real engine for economic growth.