UN Pulse reports that the World Intellectual Property Organization has formally released WIPO  Lex, a portal of IP legislation and treaties searchable by country and subject.


From the WIPO description:

“WIPO Lex is a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members. It also features related information which elaborates, analyzes and interprets these laws and treaties. It provides streamlined access to reference material of key importance for optimal information on the global IP System.”

Patent Office launches clinical certification program with six law schools

More from the National Law Journal on this program:

Patent Office launches clinical certification program with six law schools

Lynne Marek / Staff reporter
July 29, 2008

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a two-year law school clinical certification program that will give students from six selected U.S. law schools experience in practicing intellectual property law before the agency.

The six schools selected to participate in the pilot program that will begin this fall are American University, William Mitchell College of Law, Washington College of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, the John Marshall Law School, the University of Maine School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School, the office said in a press release. Law school clinical faculty will serve as supervisors.

“We look forward to providing a real-world experience for the students so they will be well prepared to tackle the complexities of intellectual property law that are so important in today’s economy,” said Jon Dudas, the U.S. Commerce Department under secretary for intellectual property.

Students Will Practice IP Law In USPTO Pilot Program

Students Will Practice IP Law In USPTO Pilot Program

Starting this fall, students at several law schools may file and prosecute patent and trademark applications as part of a two-year pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Source: IP Law360: Litigation, Policy & People News


See also the National Law Journal story “N.Y. Law School, patent office to extend pilot project to streamline exam process.”

New York Law School and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will extend and expand a year-long pilot project designed to streamline the patent examination process by opening it to scientific and technical experts. The law school also announced the launch of its new Center for Patent Innovations, headed by Mark Webbink, formerly the senior vice president and general counsel at Red Hat, the premier Linux and open source vendor.