As a rising entrepreneur and inventor, I'm really happy that the pro bono services provided by the ELC are available to students who may not have the financial resources to pursue legal consultation.
— Tommy Pryor, UW Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering student, SignAloud

Overview of Services Provided

The ELC is currently undergoing a staff transition. With this change in progress, in the 2023–2024 academic year, the ELC will only be accepting clients with trademark filings.

The ELC is a transactional and counseling clinic, which means that we do not represent clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation or any other active dispute. Instead, our services center on providing your business with a comprehensive "legal and business audit" that will help you identify issues before they become serious problems. We will provide you with a confidential report, generally at the end of the academic quarter in which you or your business became a client. This report will give you 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 you and the ELC, we may extend our representation to assist you 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 executing trademark and copyright registrations, provisional patent applications and licensing or assignment agreements
  • IP counseling regarding branding, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, publicity rights and privacy rights