By Dave Cochran

Jones Day has joined forces with the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law’s IP Law Institute, as well as Fish & Richardson and the SAS Institute Inc., to launch the Post-Grant Clinic. The joint effort launched during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at NCCU School of Law in Durham, NC on October 17, 2017. Along with law students who are participating in the Post-Grant Clinic, attorneys from Jones Day and Fish & Richardson will work, pro bono, with the IP Law Institute to file and prosecute petitions for inter partes review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

As part of a joint effort to grow the number of minority intellectual property lawyers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math training (STEM), expand IP protection in underserved communities, and help prepare a 21st century workforce, the Post-Grant Clinic seeks to give law school students an immersive clinical experience in prosecuting post-grant legal matters that includes hands-on training before the PTAB from experienced practitioners.

“We are both excited and proud to be involved in this important endeavor,” said Dave Cochran, a partner in Jones Day’s Intellectual Property practice and leader of its PTAB litigation team. “There has been an explosion of litigation at the PTAB since the beginning of the America Invents Act, and this new and innovative Post-Grant Clinic will provide an opportunity for diverse law students to participate in this exciting new area of patent law and to develop real-world, marketable skills that will enable them to transition from law school into the legal profession.”

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

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For more than 25 years Dave has provided clients with a full range of patent legal services, including as lead counsel in more than 50 post-grant trials at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent Office. Dave was part of the three-lawyer Jones Day team that prevailed at the Supreme Court in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, fundamentally changing PTAB litigation practice at the United States Patent Office.

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