Mitchell IP students travel to Washington DC, meet leaders in patent, trademark law

Mitchell IP students with Chief Judge Rader and Prof. Erstling in Washington D.C.

A group of William Mitchell Intellectual Property Institute students recently traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a firsthand look at the inner workings of the USPTO.

Six students made the trip, which was funded by the Intellectual Property Institute and designed to introduce them to many of the country’s leaders in protecting business, commerce, and innovation.

While in the nation’s capital, students met with Randall R. Rader, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, discussed the America Invents Act with USPTO attorneys, and sat in on a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board hearing.

The trip is just one of the ways Mitchell’s Intellectual Property Institute allows students to make connections at the highest level of the profession, gain firsthand experience in practicing the law, and see how the theories they’re learning in class apply to the real world.