IP Clinic Successfully Prosecutes 3rd Patent, Advocates for Online Educators

United States Patent 11,173,991
United States Patent 11,173,991

The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic (IP Clinic) prepares students to be effective and thoughtful practitioners through direct experience representing clients in copyright, patent, and trademark matters on behalf of artists, inventors, and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford high quality intellectual property representation.

Student attorneys in the IP Clinic successfully prosecuted United States Patent 11,173,991, issued on November 16, 2021. The patent is directed to a stabilizing device for watercraft and floating platforms. When anchored, boats and platforms tend to roll when experiencing ocean swells. The invention protected by this patent adds resistance devices that counteract the ocean swell induced movements. 

This is the third patent application drafted and prosecuted by the IP Clinic. Student attorneys Kassidy Schmitz, Jonathan Grygiel, Haley Ball, Erin Hadi, Kate Brennan, and Diana Song represented the client in this matter as part of the United States Patent Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Program under the supervision of Adjunct Professor David Grossman and Professor of the Practice of Law and IP Clinic Director Vicki Phillips.

Separately, in a pleading submitted to the Copyright Office under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on behalf of a coalition of educators, clinic student attorneys Keyana Pusey, Jesse Spiegel, Hector Contreras and Chelsea Kaminski advocated for the Copyright Office to grant educators on online learning platforms the same basic rights as educators in traditional classrooms: to use short video clips, arguing that access to popular media – on which the current generation of students depends – is a critical part of the educational process in and outside the classroom.