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Fish & Richardson Supports Post-Grant Pro Bono Project at North Carolina Central University School of Law For Minority Law Students

October 19, 2017

Press Release

Fish & Richardson Supports Post-Grant Pro Bono Project at North Carolina Central University School of Law For Minority Law Students

October 19, 2017

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North Carolina Central University School of Law’s (NCCU) Intellectual Property (IP) Law Institute has launched the Post-Grant Pro Bono Project, with the help of Fish & Richardson and Jones Day, to provide minority law students with immersive, hands-on training in prosecuting post-grant matters. This first-of-its-kind program was created to encourage true innovation, support a more diverse bar, and provide minority law students with valuable skills that have broad applicability for today’s employers.

Experienced post-grant practitioners from Fish, Jones Day, and SAS will share their in-depth experience with NCCU law students and provide direct training in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) as part of NCCU’s “Post-Grant Clinic and Practice” course.

“We are very excited to be a part of this program,” said Fish principal Tom Rozylowicz. “Fish is the most active firm in post-grant proceedings at the PTAB, so we have a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to share that will help NCCU’s IP Law Institute achieve its goal of expanding the pool of minority, STEM-trained IP attorneys.”

SAS has provided funding to NCCU to support the work of the IP Law Institute, demonstrating its commitment to educational initiatives that prepare students for the 21st century workforce, with a particular focus on efforts in its home state of North Carolina. In addition to SAS, Google, Epic Games, and Netflix are supporting this unique effort.

North Carolina Central University School of Law was founded to provide opportunities for African Americans to become lawyers. Embracing our heritage, our mission is to provide a high quality, personalized, practice-oriented, and affordable legal education to historically underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds in order to increase diversity in the legal profession.

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