Client Eligibility Criteria

The NCCU Patent Law Clinic is certified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO).  The NCCU Patent Law Clinic provides pro bono representation of eligible clients seeking a patent registration before the USPTO.  All the legal services are provided by NCCU BAR Certified Law students with limited practitioner numbers granted by the Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO.

The goal of the Patent clinic is to provide an opportunity to qualified NCCU law students in their second or third year to learn patent drafting and prosecution skills under supervision of an experienced IP lawyer.  Not all individuals who apply may be eligible for acceptance as a client into the NCCU Patent Clinic.  The selection of the clients also depends on whether the Patent clinic has a student practitioner who matches the prospective client’s needs and other factors listed below.

Applications by prospective clients are reviewed by the Clinic Supervising Attorney. The eligible prospective client is then invited to an interview with the Clinic Supervising Attorney and one law student.  Representation of the client begins when the engagement letter is signed by both the client and the Clinic Supervising Attorney and representation will end when the patent application is granted or abandoned.

The following criteria will be used to determine client eligibility for patent services from NCCU

Patent Clinic:
•    The prospective client must be able to show he/she has funds to pay the associated USPTO fees to file the patent application.
•    The prospective patent client must have an invention, not just an idea.
•    A prospective client’s gross income must be %250 of the federal poverty level. Proof of income is required.

The Patent Clinic reserves the right to waive all or any sections of the client eligibility criteria. Prospective clients are encouraged to fill out the Prospective-client-request-for-services-form-1  and email to ipclinic@nccu.edu; or fax to:

Fax: (919) 530-7892; or
Mail: NCCU School of Law-Patent Clinic
640 Nelson Street
Durham. NC 27707.