The Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic provides students with hands-on experience in real-world patent prosecution, licensing and litigation, and will enable them to become Rule 38 certified. The provisional clinic is open to students with backgrounds in science and engineering who are qualified to sit the Patent Bar exam or students with a non-technical background who have a strong interest in patent law. Students are required to concurrently enroll in the Contingency Fee Patent Litigation course. Additional prerequisites include Patent Law or Patent Preparation & Prosecution, either of which may be taken concurrently.
The clinic is the brainchild of prominent Chicago patent attorney Steven G. Lisa, a 1984 alumnus of the College of Law, who has worked extensively with technology efforts at the College of Law and at ASU. It is supervised by Michelle Gross, a patent agent at the Tempe intellectual property law firm of Booth Udall, and a 2009 alumna of the College of Law and former Lisa Fellow. Clinic students meet weekly with Gross, the adjunct clinical manager, to reinforce the concepts they've learned in the course, Patent Licensing and Enforcement, taught by Lisa and Jon Kappes (Class of 2006), an attorney at the Lisa firm and a Lisa Foundation Award winner. The faculty strives to match students' areas of technical expertise with available projects.
The Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic is a pass/fail course (3 credits).