Learn how the clinic assists low-income entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest with their business needs while providing real-world experience for the clinic’s students.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
About the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The ELC teams law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors. Together they provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to technology entrepreneurs, small business owners, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and University of Washington and Institute for Translational Health Sciences faculty researchers. By providing such counseling, the ELC has become one of the cornerstones of the innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. The ELC also partners with CoMotion, The Seattle Public Library and various community organizations to give presentations on various topics of interest to startups that are open to the public.
The ELC is a transactional and counseling clinic. Our services center on providing startups with a comprehensive "legal and business audit" that will help them identify issues before they become serious problems. We provide startups with a confidential report, generally at the end of the academic quarter. This report will also provide guidance on how to proceed to remedy potential problems and/or establish systems to limit or prevent standard business formation and growth pitfalls. Our standard representation includes a commitment only to this audit process.
Upon mutual written agreement between the startup and ELC, we may extend our representation to assist in basic entrepreneurship-focused legal service, such as:
- Forming a corporation, limited liability company (LLC) or other legal business entity as appropriate
- Filing simple intellectual property (IP) documents such as provisional patent applications, copyright registrations and trademark registration applications
- Reviewing, negotiating and/or drafting contracts such as commercial leases and loans, vendor agreements, services agreements or employment agreements
- Assisting in compliance with state and local business licenses and taxes
- Drafting and execution of trademark and copyright registrations, provisional patent applications and licensing or assignment agreements
- IP counseling regarding branding, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, freedom to operate, unfair competition, antitrust, publicity rights and privacy rights. The ELC is part of the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program in both patents and trademarks.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic News
Join us Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 for innovative legal lectures on issues affecting entrepreneurs.
In her new leadership role, Fan will work to increase visibility of the scholarship produced by UW Law faculty and showcase the intellectual vibrancy at UW Law.
Andrew Serafini and Patrick Njeim, partners at Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, will work with students as part of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic’s participation in the United States Patent and Trademark Office Law School Clinic Certification Program.
Alumna Selena Ng recalls how the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provided invaluable, real-world experience in meeting the needs of small-business clients.