The Clinic now has certification in both trademarks and patents, thanks to a new patent program offered last year.
SBLC partnered with patent attorney Joseph Makuch to offer the new patent program in early 2017. The Clinic filed four patent applications, counseled six clients and educated four law students, a successful first year that led to its current status as a certified patent program for the USPTO.
The certification allows a few clients a year to receive expedited processing for their patent and gives law student interns standing to speak directly with patent examiners in the USPTO.
Following a workplace Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in Woodburn in March of 2017, businesses began asking about their rights and responsibilities if a raid were to occur in their place of business. SBLC sought to answer their questions.
While SBLC has limited spaces each semester, the Clinic encourages interested clients to fill out the initial intake on the SBLC website. New patent clients will begin work with the Clinic in September 2018.
Women work with an InStove, a highly efficient, solid-fuel cookstove for use in institutional settings, Institutional Stove Solutions, a client of the SBLC Patent Program in 2017, offers cleaner and safer cooking methods for people around the world .
SBLC served 280 businesses in 2016-2017
Businesses served by SBLC in 2016-2017 created 150 jobs over the following year
48% of operational businesses served by SBLC reported an increase in profit
Last year 43% of clients were immigrants or minorities
Last year 67% of SBLC businesses were owned by women