Students in Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic Secure Patent for Client
Students in STL’s Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic successfully secured a patent for their client, Urban Forest (都市之森), a new company based in Shenzhen. The patent was for a newly designed inflatable travel pillow. Three students assisted with the matter: Zhao Jiangyun ’18, He Yimin ’18 and Qi Xin ’18.
The Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic, directed by Visiting Clinical Lecturer Yuan Peihao, is designed to provide upper-level students with practical experience in legal research, advocacy, client counseling, and transactional practice. The Clinic focuses on advising Shenzhen-based small business entrepreneurial ventures on the wide range of business organization, intellectual property, and other regularly and personal (family law) issues that typically accompany the ramp-up effort of new businesses. The Clinic commenced operations in AY 2015-16.
“The Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic has provided me with a unique platform, which enables me to put theories into practice. As I work on real-life cases in the Clinic, my sense of the responsibility of being a lawyer has been enhanced and my professional skills have been improved,” said He Yimin.
STL is a leader in teaching lawyering skills. The law school offers novel legal services clinics in which students work directly with clients under the supervision of an experienced lawyer, supervised externship opportunities for students during which students work with law firms and NGOs for academic credit, and J.D./J.M. curriculums rich with courses that focus on skills as well as theory.