Intellectual Property & the Arts Clinic


The Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic allows students to practice and represent clients in the areas of intellectual property and the arts. Students, under faculty supervision, will represent and counsel individuals, businesses, organizations, groups and associations in matters in various intellectual property fields, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, publicity rights, and trade secrets. Such work may include drafting, filing, and prosecuting copyright registrations and trademark applications; negotiating and drafting contracts; transactional projects, such as acquisitions, sales, and transfers of intellectual property or licensing agreements; advising and counseling clients; policy development and advocacy; internet and technology issues; and litigation. In addition, students will work with entertainers, artists, and arts organizations on other legal matters such as entertainment-related contracts; music and film industry issues; and the drafting and filing of corporate and non-profit documents for arts and entertainment-related organizations.

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Michael Bressman

Clinic Director

Michael Bressman

Professor in the Practice of Law

Michael Bressman teaches the Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic, Contracts, Law of Cyberspace, and Art Law. He also directs the law school's clerkship program, which supports students and graduates applying for judicial clerkships.

Professor Bressman joined the faculty from private law practice in Nashville, where he practiced intellectual property law, Internet and technology law; civil and appellate litigation; and corporate and business law. Before that, he was in-house counsel at Internet and telecommunications companies and in private law practice in Washington, D.C.

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