University of New Hampshire

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JD Curriculum – IP Certificate & Honors Programs

IP Certificate and Honors Programs Rules
Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property


I. Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Law Certificates

Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Law Certificates (the “Certificates”) will be awarded to qualifying J.D., joint degree and master degree graduates of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

A. Qualifying J.D., joint degree and master degree graduates with a US J.D. degree must successfully complete at least fifteen (15) credits achieving a grade of 2.67, S, or better in each course from the course menu, including:

    1. At least two (2) core courses in the course menu; and

    2. At least two (2) practice courses in the course menu.

    3. Up to six (6) credits achieving a grade of O/S in the Outstanding/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (O/S/U) grading courses in the course menu may be counted toward the fifteen (15) credits.

B. Qualifying master degree graduates without a US J.D. degree must successfully complete at least fifteen (15) credits, achieving a grade of P, S or better in each course and a grade of H, O or better for at least eight (8) credits of the fifteen (15) credits, from the course menu, including:

    1. At least two (2) core courses in the course menu; and

    2. At least two (2) practice courses in the course menu.

    3. Up to six (6) credits achieving a grade of O/S in the Outstanding/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (O/S/U) grading courses in the course menu may be counted toward the fifteen (15) credits.

C. Procedure

Candidates must notify, in writing, both the Registrar and the Executive Director of the Franklin Piece Center for Intellectual Property of their intention to pursue the Certificate before the end of the semester immediately preceding the semester when they graduate.

MIP and LL.M.–IP graduates are exempt from the notification requirement, as are JD students graduating in the spring of 2014.

II. Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholars

A limited number of additional certificates will be awarded to recognize outstanding students in the field of intellectual property study; those students will be named Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholars (“IP Scholars”).

The IP Scholar certificates will be awarded without an application process. The IP Scholars will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean and the Executive Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property based on the pool of certificate recipients, taking into account the students’ overall GPA, the students’ relative grade point averages in menu courses, and the students’ overall good standing. The IP Scholar certificate may not be awarded to a student who has been subject to discipline by the Conduct Code Committee or the Academic Standing Committee.

The IP Scholar certificates will be awarded to:

A. The top 20% of the certificate recipients who are J.D., joint degree and master degree graduates with a US J.D. degree; and

B. The top 20% of the certificate recipients who are master degree graduates without a US J.D. degree.

However, the IP Faculty may vote to alter those percentages in exceptional years, where close cases might result in inequity, and in other like circumstances.

III. Menu Courses

The Menu Courses listed below are divided into three categories: Core Courses, Practice-Oriented Courses, and Elective Courses.

Please note that even though a particular course may be designated as a Practice-Oriented Course, this does not necessarily mean that the course will “count” for purposes other than in awarding a Franklin Pierce IP Law Certificate; e.g. the course may not satisfy UNH Law general requirements of an Upper Level Skills course or the American Bar Association’s classification of practice courses.

The classification of the Practice-Oriented and all other courses as Menu Courses is solely for the purpose of calculating the award of a Franklin Pierce IP Law Certificate.

The IP faculty may amend the list of Menu Courses from time to time or authorize IP categorization of a class not normally included because it has a significant IP slant.

A. Course Menu

Core Courses Menu: two course requirement

  • Copyright Law
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trademarks & Deceptive Practices

Practice-Oriented Courses Menu: two course requirement

  • Advanced Patent Litigation
     
  • Cardozo / BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition
  • Copyright Licensing
     
  • Dispute Resolution in IP: Strategies & Alternatives
     
  • Fair Uses of Copyrighted Works and Trademarks
  • Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration Practice
  • Financial Principles of IP Management
     
  • Giles Sutherland Rich Patent Law Competition
  • Global IP Management
  • Graduate Legal Research & Information Literacy
  • Graduate Programs Litigation Analysis
  • Graduate Programs Skills I
     
  • Intellectual Property Law Meet
  • Intellectual Property & Transaction Clinic and Class
     
  • Legal Residency in IP field, with the determination as to whether a Legal Residency is in the IP field – or to what extent – to be made by the Legal Residency Director
     
  • Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
     
  • Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution
  • Patent Practice & Procedure I
  • Patent Practice & Procedure II
     
  • Saul Lefkowitz Trademarks Competition
     
  • Technology Licensing

Elective Courses

  • Any course listed in Core Courses not already counted
  • Any course listed in Practice-Oriented Courses not already counted
  • Advanced Patent Law Seminar
  • Advanced Patent Practice
  • Advertising Law
  • Amateur Sports Law:  Legal Issues in Youth, College & Recreational Sports
     
  • Copyright & Trademark Litigation Strategies
     
  • E-Commerce and the Law
  • Entertainment Law
     
  • First Amendment Law
     
  • Independent Study in which the student researches an IP topic and writes a paper of 10 pages or more, with the designation of whether the topic is in IP to be determined by the supervising professor for the Independent Study
  • IP Enforcement at the International Trade Commission
  • Intellectual Property & International Trade
  • Intellectual Property Issues in Sports & Entertainment Law
  • Inter Partes in the USPTO
  • International Entertainment Law
  • International & Comparative Sports Law
  • Intellectual Property Management
     
  • Law & Biotechnology
     
  • Music Law
     
  • Online Brand Management
     
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Law
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation
  • Pro Sports Law:  The Unique Relationship between Leagues, Teams and Players
     
  • Telecommunications Law
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