The USC Law School Small Business Clinic (the “SBC”) which provides free corporate legal services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, is currently accepting applications for projects. The SBC provides free basic corporate legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that cannot afford to pay market rates for legal services. Typical projects handled by the SBC include: counseling on the selection of an appropriate business structure; forming and organizing corporations and LLCs; drafting shareholder agreements; contract review, and simple contract drafting. Go to our website to find out more about the SBC or to complete an application.
The Blackstone LaunchPad has regular office hours with startup lawyers so student entrepreneurs can have access to free legal opinions. The schedule is on our website but you can send us a quick note to ensure your reservation ahead of time.
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The Technology Commercialization team at USC Stevens is responsible for the management and commercialization of USC owned technologies which result from the more than $687 million dollars invested in research each year. USC Stevens strives to identify qualified business partners with the expertise, commitment, and resources to commercialize university technologies. The team structures license terms that meet the business needs of our partner, ensure the commercial development of the USC technology, and provide a fair return to the inventors and the university to support continued research and commercialization activities.
The USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic is a clinical program run by faculty and student legal interns at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law School. The Clinic provides free intellectual property legal assistance to small businesses, non-profit organizations, innovators, independent developers, filmmakers, artists and others who have limited resources for legal services. The Clinic provides counseling on a range of intellectual property related legal issues including trademarks, copyright and fair use, unfair competition and right of publicity. Services includes registering trademarks; drafting agreements relating to intellectual property (work-for-hire, contribution and license agreements) and drafting privacy policies and terms of service for websites and mobile apps. The Clinic does not handle patent work or litigation. Prospective clients may contact the clinic by email at IPT@law.usc.edu.
The Stevens Center provides complimentary legal assistance, counseling and information materials to all USC innovators (faculty, staff, students and alumni) and start-up companies. Our services are on-campus and are provided by qualified corporate and intellectual property attorneys. Topics for legal counseling are available on the link above.
The Coulter process begins with early engagement with technology transfer representatives from the USC Stevens Center and with Program consultants to help de-risk projects though intellectual property and market analysis, and early identification and engagement with potential partners with financing and product commercialization capabilities. This process is key to attracting professional investment to technology solutions so that they can be successfully commercialized and reach the patients who need them. We also offer connections to local law firms and free legal office hours.