Product By Former Clinic Client Named Among Best Inventions Of The Year

Lia Diagnostics, Inc., worked with the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic in 2015 to patent its innovative new paper pregnancy test.

In 2015 students and faculty in Penn Law’s Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic (DIPTC) worked with Lia Diagnostics, Inc., to draft their first nonprovisional patent for Lia’s innovative new paper pregnancy test, which is compostable and flushable. Now, Time magazine has named the Lia pregnancy test as one of the Best Inventions of 2018. Calling it “a more private pregnancy test,” Time lauds Lia’s biodegradability and the increased discretion that it offers to consumers. The DIPTC team that worked with Lia included supervising attorney Michael Dunnam and student counselor Gregory Manas L’15.

Lia is among dozens of clients whom the DIPTC has helped with pro bono intellectual property counsel over their groundbreaking and novel products. Led by Cynthia Dahl, Director of the DIPTC and Practice Professor of Law, the clinic provides transactional patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret services to Penn’s Center for Innovation, as well as individuals, non-profit, and for-profit clients in science, technology and the arts.

Read Time magazine’s story on Lia here.

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