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Suffolk legal clinic offers a lifeline for start-ups

Li-Wei Chih owns a website, MonsterFishKeepers.com, where enthusiasts of exotic fish gather to trade information about their aquatic hobbies and passions. All was going swimmingly until the energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. accused Chih of trademark infringement for using the word “monster” on apparel items.

Suddenly, Chih’s one-man operation was facing legal bills that could approach $100,000 and the possibility of going out of business. Then Chih found the Suffolk University School of Law, where students and supervising faculty offer entrepreneurs free legal help in intellectual property cases, from fending off trademark complaints to helping file for patent rights.

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