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Jul. 14, 2017 12:59 pm

More free legal counsel: Get your patent filed by Penn law students

From licensing deals to copyright counseling: Here's how to tap into Penn's legal resources.

Cynthia Dahl, head of Penn's Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic.

(Video by YouTube user Penn Law, used under a Creative Commons license)

Locking down an idea as intellectual property can be a gamechanger early in the game.

From licensing deals to trademarking, law students from the University of Pennsylvania offer Philly startups help in the often tricky legal vertical of intellectual property through the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic headed by attorney and professor Cynthia Dahl.

Dahl emailed us to say that the application process for the sought-after services is live after spotting our article on Steve Rosard’s similar effort at Drexel University.

“We are a little different from Steve’s clinic in that we specialize in intellectual property issues like patents, copyrights and trademarks),” Dahl wrote. She also pointed us to Villanova’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship.

Here’s Dahl herself explaining the Clinic’s purpose:

Apply for free IP counsel

(Related: last year Penn had its biggest year yet for patent filings. Laurie Actman, from the Penn Center for Innovationtold us why here.)

Additionally, Dahl runs Penn’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, much in the same vein as Drexel’s program. The idea: Penn’s law students pitch in to help early-stage startups without significant investment navigate the intricacies of business law.

Apply for free legal counsel
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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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