BU Law to Launch Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Law Clinic

New clinic director, Eve Brown, to supervise students assisting clients with IP issues related to technology commercialization.

Eve Brown
Eve Brown, head of Suffolk University Law School’s Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic (IPEC), will direct the new Entrepreneurship & IP Law Clinic.

Starting this fall, Boston University School of Law students will work with budding entrepreneurs seeking to protect and commercialize their technologies in the School’s new Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Under the supervision of recently appointed clinic director Eve Brown, students will advise their clients about business strategies and intellectual property issues and participate in a complementary seminar that will support them in their assigned cases and help them develop the necessary skills for transactional and IP work.

“We are thrilled to add the Entrepreneurship & IP Law Clinic to our strong portfolio of existing clinical opportunities,” says Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “Our Intellectual Property Program has long been recognized as one of the best in the country, and this addition will give students the kind of practical, hands-on experience working with real clients that will prove invaluable as they begin their careers.”

Brown comes to BU Law from Suffolk University Law School, where she has been practitioner-in-residence and director of the the Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic since 2012. She has also taught Intellectual Property Strategy and Law for the Entrepreneur at both Suffolk University and Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Her teaching and research interests focus on intellectual property and entrepreneurship law.

“Boston is a known hotbed for start-ups and innovation, so our students will be working with some of the brightest minds in the country, developing some of the most exciting technologies of tomorrow,” says Associate Dean for Experiential Education Peggy Maisel. “And we are excited to welcome Eve Brown, who is an exceptional teacher and practitioner.”

From 2007-2012, Brown taught in the Department of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. While at Indiana University, she was awarded the Trustees Teaching Award and the Innovative Teaching Award, and was named Kappa Alpha Theta Outstanding Professor and Student Choice Award Nominee.

Brown has served as president of the Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and is currently a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Law and Society Association; the International Society for Scholarship on Teaching and Learning; and the Association for Law, Culture & the Humanities.

Prior to teaching, Brown practiced as an attorney for the San Diego office of Ross, Dixon & Bell, where her pro bono work was honored with a Business Volunteers for the Arts award. She has also worked for the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit of the United States’ Attorney’s Office and as an extern for the Honorable Frank C. Damrell of the United States District Court in Sacramento, California. She received her JD from the University of California Davis School of Law, where she was senior articles editor for the UC Davis Law Review, and her BA from Skidmore College.

With the addition of the Entrepreneurship & IP Law Clinic, BU Law offers a dozen in-house clinics, as well as numerous externship and Semester-in-Practice opportunities. The School guarantees that any student who wishes to take a clinic will have the opportunity to do so before they graduate.