Information for Clients

The ELC generally works with clients in four main areas:

Client Application Forms

There are no fees for the ELC’s services, but clients are responsible for out-of-pocket expenses such as incorporation, patent, copyright, or trademark registration/filing fees.

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  1. APPLY: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

General Overview of Services

The ELC is a transactional and counseling clinic, which means that we do not represent clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation, or any other active dispute.  Instead our services center on providing your business with a comprehensive "legal and business audit" that will help you identify issues before they become serious problems.  We will provide you with a confidential report, generally at the end of the academic quarter in which you or your business became a client.  This report will also give you guidance on how to proceed to remedy potential problems and/or establish systems to limit or prevent standard business formation and growth pitfalls.  Our standard representation includes a commitment only to this audit process.

Upon mutual written agreement between you and ELC, we may extend our representation to assist you in basic entrepreneurship-focused legal service, such as:

  • Forming a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), or other legal business entity as appropriate
  • Filing simple intellectual property (IP) documents such as provisional patent applications, copyright registrations, and trademark registration applications
  • Reviewing, negotiating, and/or drafting contracts such as commercial leases and loans, vendor agreements, services agreements, or employment agreements
  • Assisting in compliance with state and local business licenses and taxes
  • Drafting and execution of trademark and copyright registrations, provisional patent applications, and licensing or assignment agreements
  • IP counseling regarding branding, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, freedom to operate, unfair competition, antitrust, publicity rights, and privacy rights

Z Girls As a business owner, moving forward aggressively but mindfully is really important so knowing all of the potential risks and then knowing all of the legal steps helps us to be more strategic about what we do and how we decide to do it.

- Libby Ludlow, Founder at Z-girls

What the ELC does is amazing. Lawyers and law students volunteer their valuable time to give you fantastic legal guidance for FREE! Besides giving us guidance to help found Impel, the folks at the ELC gave me a crash course in intellectual property law which has been critical in advancing almost every aspect of our business.

– John Hoekman, Ph.D. Founder and CSO, Impel NeuroPharma

FAt CAt Fudge The students and lawyers asked me questions about every possible aspect of my business. They helped point me in the right direction. I’ve been thrilled to work with the clinic. They helped teach me how to ‘talk the talk’ in wholesale, and its really paid off.

– Kristine Wraspir, Owner, Fat Cat Fudge

This new public safety camera program in the Chinatown-International District was truly a community collaboration and required help from all of our partners. The UW Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provided critical support in our planning for the functioning of this system—which is now operational and giving our small businesses a renewed sense of safety.

-Don Blakeney, Executive Director, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area

We’ve been very fortunate to find a great partner and resource in the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

-Quang Nguyen, Senior Economic Development Specialist and Manager of Hing Hay Coworks, SCIDpda

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