University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

IP Summer Institutes: Curricula & Schedule

The schedule can be seen here. (Web updated 5/13/15)

Students may select classes from APLI or IPSI to a maximum of 4 credits.


Course Titles
(click to see descriptions - updated 3/27/15)

Sports Law courses

•  NCAA Division I Legislation and Compliance

•  Sports Law and Investigative Reporting

Patent Law & IP courses

•  Advanced Patent Practice

•  Dispute Resolution in IP: Strategies & Alternatives

•  Patent Portfolio Management

•  Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation

Entertainment Law, Trademark, & Copyright courses

•  Advertising Law

•  Film and TV Law

•  Internet Law

Advanced Patent Practice

2 credits
Professor Christopher Frerking, Distinguished Jurist-in-Resident Judge Arthur Gajarsa, Distinguished Fellow in Intellectual Property Jeffrey Hawley

Advanced Patent Practice is an intensive course that covers the latest cases and topics in patent law, both in the US and in Europe, and their effects on practice. We will be looking at the latest cases from the Supreme Court and the CAFC on patent eligibility, claim interpretation, obviousness, “exceptional" cases and fee shifting, and other current topics. Experts will discuss the AIA post-grant and inter-partes review procedures, which are becoming increasingly important in patent practice and litigation. Additionally, we will be talking about the latest developments in Europe. Lectures will be given by expert practitioners, judges, and law professors, who will bring a variety of perspectives to the course. [no book requirement]

Advertising Law

1 credit
Adjunct Professor Douglas Wood

The law of advertising is not a clearly defined field where legal problems are resolved on the basis of a combination of trade practices than legal decisions. A discussion of advertising law includes unfair and deceptive acts and practices, third party rights (e.g., copyright, trademark, rights of privacy and publicity, unfair competition, etc.), trade regulation (e.g., Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General), and self-regulation.

It also includes contract rights between players in the industry, e.g., advertisers, advertising agencies, production companies, celebrities and media companies. With the explosion of social media, advertising law also encompasses on line behavioral advertising, privacy policies, and liabilities for user generated content.

This course is intended to provide the law student with a basic understanding of the laws and legal principles applicable to various types of advertising including: consumer protection, legal and self-regulated trade controls, contractual relationships, issues relating to third party rights, and legal risks in new media. [book - Please Be Ad-Vised, 7th Edition available by using Code NR34EZES. It is also available on The ISBN number is 1494807106.]

Dispute Resolution in IP: Strategies & Alternatives

1 credit
Adjunct Professor Harrie Samaras

This course will explore how ADR can be used practically and strategically for resolving IP disputes, as well as, what are some of the business considerations and motivations for resolving IP disputes outside of the litigation context. [no book requirement]

Film and TV Law

1 credit
Zvi Rosen

This course will examine the legal aspects of film and TV Law, with a focus on how legal rules meet the realities of business in the context of film and TV production. Topics will include rights clearance issues, talent contracts, copyright and trademark issues for films as well as copyright and administrative issues unique to television. The course will also discuss the organization of the film and TV industries in this time of transition for the entertainment industry, and situate the relevant law in this context. [no book requirement]

Internet Law

1 credit
Adjunct Professor Robert A. Heverly

Businesses and organizations are confronted every day with issues that arise out of the Internet and the activities it enables. This course will take a practical approach to the Internet, identifying and discussing these issues in the larger context of the law's role in commerce. The course will include a discussion of various issues, and may include topics such as control over the Internet, personal jurisdiction; civil liability (including rules for third-party speech); copyright and control; free speech (including obscenity and indecency); questions of domain names and linking; and online contracting and agreements. [book - James Grimmelmann, Internet Law: Cases & Problems, v. 4 (2014)]

NCAA Division I Legislation and Compliance

2 credits
Adjunct Professor Katherine Sulentic

This course will focus on NCAA Division I Bylaws 10-17 and 19 with the intent of providing students with a working knowledge of how Division I colleges and universities apply Division I rules on a daily basis and what institutions must do to remain in compliance.  In addition to a review of the NCAA Bylaws listed, this course will look at NCAA major infractions cases, NCAA enforcement guidelines and Bylaws, as well as official AMA interpretations to help illustrate the concepts contained in the Bylaws.  Finally, students will learn how NCAA infractions cases are investigated and ultimately processed. [book - 2014-2015 NCAA Manual ISSN 1093-3174.]

Patent Portfolio Management

1 credit
Professor Christopher Frerking

This course will focus on development and management of patent portfolios within an organization. Topics will include invention harvesting, strategic portfolio development, valuation, licensing and enforcement strategy, and administration of patent resources. While there is no formal prerequisite for the class, it is expected that students will have at least basic knowledge of intellectual property, including patents and patent law. [no book requirement]

Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation

1 credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the rather specialized pharmaceutical litigation practice. It will provide students with an understanding of the genesis of the Hatch Waxman Act, an act created to streamline the approval of generic drugs, and expedite patent litigation. The course will focus on understanding the various phases of a Hatch Waxman Act case (at FDA, pre-suit, pre-trial, trial, and post trial) through practical examples, from both the branded and generic side. If time allows, we will also discuss the newest legislation pertaining to biologics, passed as part of the Affordable Health Care Act. In particular, we will discuss the differences from the Hatch Waxman Act and how that may impact future litigation. [no book requirement]

Sports Law and Investigative Reporting

1 credit
Professor Michael McCann and Sports Illustrated Executive Editor & Adjunct Professor B.J. Schecter

Interested in law and journalism? Sports Law and Investigative Reporting – the first course of its kind to be offered at any school – will teach the essential skills of investigating, reporting and writing sports stories that involve the law.

This course is primarily designed for law students, journalism students, journalists and attorneys. Front office personnel, university athletic department staff, sports agents, crisis management professionals and team and corporate communications specialists may also find significant value in the course.

Students will gain a valuable overview of sports law and real-world skills for the legal reporting of sports. [no book requirement]

By the end of the Sports Law and Investigative Reporting course, students will have:

  • Gained an overview of how the law interacts with sports and the reporting of sports. Relevant areas of law include criminal law, labor and antitrust law, intellectual property law, contract law, libel and defamation law, communications law and personal injury law.
  • Learned the key differences between a collective bargaining agreement, league constitution and league bylaws.
  • Learned how to effectively obtain investigatory information, including the “best practices” for using the Freedom of Information Act and states’ public records laws.
  • Developed strategies for advocating for and against “gag orders” in high-profile trials.
  • Become able to spot legal issues in fact situations involving disputes between and among leagues, teams and players.
  • Developed crucial skills for interviewing attorneys and agents who represent athletes that are in trouble with the law; general counsel of teams, leagues and sports companies.
  • Gained insight on how to develop sources, including law enforcement sources. Learned important obligations about protecting sources and reducing exposure to government and law enforcement interested in the information you possess.
  • Learned how to locate and understand key legal documents, such as complaints, subpoenas, search and seizure warrants, pretrial discovery (exhibits, witness lists etc.), grand jury transcripts so-called “independent” investigations and accompanying reports, and contracts of players, endorsers, licensors and broadcast companies.
  • Learned how to competently write, fact-check and vet sensitive stories.
  • Learned the “best practices” for breaking and commenting on sports law news, including appropriate use of Twitter.

Contact for summer programs

Alyson Fava
University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 513-5216