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Lawyers Promoting Innovation

The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic (“DIPTC”) immerses students in a transactional interdisciplinary IP law practice.

Access the DIPTC trademark filing tool here to learn more about whether and how to file a federal trademark application.



The DIPTC provides pro bono transactional patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret services to individuals, non-profit and for-profit clients in technology and the arts. The Clinic is groundbreaking in establishing a unique relationship with The Penn Center for Innovation (“PCI”) and tapping into the resources of Penn’s strong network of professional schools (including the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Business [Wharton], Arts and Sciences, and other Penn departments and programs).

The DIPTC adds a new dimension to Penn Carey Law’s robust IP offerings. The DIPTC is closely integrated with Penn Carey Law’s curriculum in law and technology and builds upon the strengths of its research programs, such as the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. Clinic programming also integrates with the efforts of the Penn Intellectual Property Group (PIPG), the student-run IP affinity group.  The DIPTC also partners with the Business Resource and Innovation Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia to offer office hours to the public on topics in IP law.  

The Detkin Clinic was made possible by a generous gift from Peter Detkin EE’82, L’85, the noted IP entrepreneur and Founder and Vice Chairman of Intellectual Ventures, an invention investment firm, who currently serves on the Board of Overseers for Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.