Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic

Faculty: Professor Salvatore Gianino and Professor Jonathan Smith 

The Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property (EIP) Clinic offers business and transactional legal advice and services to new and emerging nonprofit and qualifying for-profit organizations.  Under the supervision of experienced transactional and intellectual property attorneys, student attorneys work directly with entrepreneurial organizations serving our community.

Clinic Objective

At the EIP Clinic, our goal is to offer valuable legal services to entities that serve our communities and contribute to the entrepreneurial momentum of the region. We identify organizations that would not otherwise have access to legal services and help them to pursue their goals and missions. We also assist new and emerging business clients in establishing a strong foundation for growth. Students and clients both participate in a realistic law firm experience. In addition to our talented law students, the EIP Clinic is staffed with experienced business attorneys to ensure high quality work, client management, and professionalism.

Typical Matters Handled

The EIP Clinic deals with a wide variety of transactional matters such as formation, tax structure, governance, contract negotiating and drafting, real estate, and other general corporate law matters. The EIP Clinic also oversees a range of intellectual property matters, including patentability opinions, copyright protections, and trademark registration. Clients range from small startup entities to community and educational groups to international organizations.

Prospective Clients

For more information related to becoming a client of the EIP Clinic [Click here].

Prospective Students

For more information about being a student attorney of the EIP Clinic [Click here].  

STUDENTS: Click here to view information about the Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic. This handout provides general information that will be helpful for you to know before registering.

Sample Clients

  • Angel Band Project
  • Art of the Rural
  • Empowering Young Women
  • Consumer Council of Missouri
  • Girls in the Know
  • Innovate St. Louis
  • Little Bit Foundation
  • Trailnet 

Faculty Contact Information:

Salvatore Gianino, Director Intellectual Property Clinic
314-935-7960 | sgianino@wustl.edu 

Jonathan Smith, Director Entrepreneurship Clinic
314-935-8815 | jwsmith@wustl.edu