Penn State Law is seeking a Director of Intellectual Property Clinic

Penn State Law, based in University Park, PA, is seeking to hire an experienced legal professional to serve as Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic. Clinic represents startup and early-stage companies on intellectual property (IP) matters, including patent-related issues. As determined by credentials and experience, the successful applicant may be appointed as a Professor of Practice or as an Assistant, Associate, or full Clinical Professor of Law. The Penn State Law IP clinical experience is designed to provide high-quality IP law experience to Penn State Law students and IP support to entrepreneurs who are affiliated with Penn State as faculty, staff or students as well as others based anywhere in Pennsylvania irrespective of any connection to Penn State. The clinical experience is offered in direct support of the University’s Invent Penn State initiative and Penn State President Eric Barron’s commitment to “promoting patents, licensing and start-ups” as part of Penn State’s effort to expand its already significant role in Pennsylvania’s economic development and create career opportunities for Penn State graduates.

This position is a benefits-eligible, fixed-term academic appointment beginning in Fall 2021 with a three-year contract, subject to possible renewal.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

Additional responsibilities will include teaching a doctrinal IP law school class or classes. The successful candidate will also be expected to interface with other colleges and units within Penn State University and other participants in the Pennsylvania-wide entrepreneurial community, including Penn State’s 21 LaunchBox business accelerators, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the 16 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will be embedded at the Happy Valley LaunchBox, a business accelerator in downtown State College, along with Penn State Law’s Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic and the Penn State SBDC. State College, the location of Penn State’s University Park campus, has a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and has been named as one of the Top 10 Cities for Entrepreneurs.

Qualifications Required:

This position requires a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, membership in, or eligibility for admission to, the Pennsylvania Bar, and registration, or eligibility for registration, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The successful applicant will have experience working with emerging technology companies on patent-related and other intellectual property matters. Classroom teaching experience is also highly desirable, but not required. The successful applicant will have a keen desire to teach law students how to navigate this challenging area of the law and the patience to work with the students as they develop as lawyers. Other qualifications include the flexibility to work on a broad array of IP client matters and the ability to integrate IP clinical work with that of the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic and the Invent Penn State initiative.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Information on the different units within Penn State Law is available at

Interested Candidates:

Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.   Interested candidates are asked to Submit an Application Online as instructed.

Current Employees or Students interested in this position are asked to complete the application process following the instructions below:

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More About Penn State:


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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