Maurer School of Law
Jan. 14, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has selected a prominent intellectual property lawyer to serve as the first full-time director of its intellectual property law clinic.
Norman J. Hedges will join the law school Jan. 16 as a clinical associate professor of law. He comes to Bloomington with over 16 years of experience in patent practice in Indianapolis, including 10 years in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels, where he was named partner in 2007. He has been a member of the law school’s adjunct faculty since 2014.
“We are delighted that Norm will be joining our faculty full-time,” said Mark D. Janis, Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law and director of the school’s Center for Intellectual Property Research. “He brings a wealth of practical experience that will be invaluable in building our clinic as it expands to provide pro bono IP services to our state’s most innovative start-up businesses.”
“As a graduate of the law school, I am honored to be returning as a faculty member,” Hedges said. “The center’s IP clinic is on the forefront of providing hands-on learning opportunities to the law school’s students while helping Indiana businesses grow, and I’m privileged to be a part of it.”
Established in January 2014, the intellectual property clinic provides pro bono patent, trademark and intellectual property law counseling. Complemented by the general corporate counseling work of the law school’s Elmore Entrepreneurship Clinic, the intellectual property clinic has already represented innovators referred by Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., the Purdue Foundry, the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Crane Naval Weapons Support Center, among others.
The intellectual property clinic is certified under the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Program. This designation has been awarded to fewer than 25 percent of the nation’s law schools, and even fewer have been certified in both patent and trademark law.
At Faegre Baker Daniels, Hedges focused his intellectual property practice on the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, including health and life sciences. In addition, he has substantial experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, post-issuance challenges and defense, consultation with clients to avoid patent infringement, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, and intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, he was an associate at Bose McKinney & Evans and at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis. In addition to earning a J.D. cum laude from the Maurer School of Law, he holds a B.S. with highest distinction in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.