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JD Curriculum – IP Certificate & Honors Programs

JD Curriculum – IP Certificate & Honors Programs

1. Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Law Certificates for 2011 and 2012 Graduates

Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Certificates are awarded to students who are determined to have demonstrated a certain level of competence in the field of intellectual property. Certificates are awarded on the basis of a combination of factors, including the completion of a number of core and specialty courses in intellectual property and the attainment of a minimum GPA in these courses.

J.D., Joint Degree and LLM graduates with a US J.D. degree:

(a) Completion of at least fifteen (15) credits achieving a grade of B- or better in each course from the course menu below (the “Menu Courses”) based on the credit requirement designated in each heading of the menu; O/S/U (or analogous system) grade in Menu Courses may be counted toward the fifteen credits, but only up to six credits and only if the graduate received an O, S or passing grade in such course; course credits may be split to roll over to another column 1, and

(b) A minimum grade point average of 2.67 in all Menu Courses completed.

MIP and all other LLM graduates:

(a) Completion of at least fifteen (15) credits achieving a grade of C+ or better in each Menu Course based on the credit requirements designated in each heading of the menu; O/S/U (or analogous system) grades in Menu Courses may be counted toward the fifteen credits, but only up to six credits and only if the graduate received an O, S, or passing grade in such course; course credits may be split to roll over to another column; and

(b) A minimum grade point average of 2.33 in all Menu Courses completed. 2

Certificates will be awarded automatically; there is no application process. The Certificate will be delivered by mail after graduation.

2. Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholars

A limited number of outstanding Certificate recipients will be named “Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholars.” There is no application process; the award will be delivered by mail after graduation.

Franklin Pierce IP Scholars will be selected by a Committee appointed by the Dean and the Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. The Committee’s selection of IP Scholars will be based on the pool of Certificate recipients each year, taking into account the students’ relative grade point averages in Menu Courses and the students’ overall good standing (e.g. Franklin Pierce IP Scholars must not be subject to discipline by the Conduct Code Committee and must have acceptable academic standing overall). The intent is to limit the number of Franklin Pierce IP Scholars to the top 20% of the Certificate recipients who are J.D. or Joint Degree graduates and the top 20% of the Certificate recipients who are MIP and LLM-IP graduates; however, the Committee may recommend, and the UNH Law IP faculty may vote, to alter that number for exceptional years, where there are very close results for candidates which might result in inequities, and in other like circumstances.

3. An Important Note about the 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 heightened IP slant, e.g. one of our Administrative Process courses has a distinct IP slant and is considered a Menu Course, whereas Administrative Process generally speaking would not.

Any course offered at IPSI or APLI will satisfy either the Elective Course or Practice-Oriented Course requirement. The IP faculty will determine the appropriate classification for any new or additional IPSI or APLI courses.

4. Course Menu

Core Courses Menu: 6 credit requirement

  • Copyright Law
  • Fundamentals of IP
  • Patent Law
  • Trademarks & Deceptive Practices

Practice-Oriented Courses Menu: 6 credit requirement

  • Advanced International Technology Transfer Institute Clinic and Class
  • Advanced Patent Litigation
  • BMI/Cardozo, Copyright/Entertainment Competition
  • Copyright Licensing, Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition
  • Externship in IP field, with the determination as to whether an externship is in the IP field – or to what extent – to be made by the externship director
  • Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration Practice
  • Giles Sutherland Rich, Patent Law Competition
  • Graduate Programs Litigation Analysis
  • Graduate Programs Skills I
  • Intellectual Property & Transaction Clinic and Class
  • Intellectual Property Amicus Brief Clinic
  • International Technology Transfer Institute Clinic and Class
  • Law Practice Information Literacy, International Patent Searching
  • Law Practice Information Literacy, U.S. Patent Searching
  • Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
  • Non-Profit Tech Transfer
  • Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution
  • Patent Practice & Procedure I
  • Patent Practice & Procedure II
  • Practice & Current Issues Before the Federal Circuit
  • Saul Lefkowitz Trademarks Competition
  • Software Licensing
  • Technology Licensing
  • Advanced Licensing Institute
  • Law & Business of the Entertainment Industries
  • Negotiation, Preparation and Enforcement of Entertainment Contracts
  • Financial Principles of IP Management
  • IP Valuation
  • Global IP Management
  • Technology Marketing

Elective Courses: 3 credit requirement

  • Any course listed in Core Courses not already counted
  • Any course listed in Practice-Oriented Courses not already counted
  • Any course offered at IPSI or APLI not already counted
  • Advertising Law
  • Copyright Research Seminar
  • Cybercrime
  • E-Commerce and the 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 in the Information Society
  • IP Management
  • Inter Partes in the USPTO
  • International & Comparative Copyright Law
  • International & Comparative Patent Law
  • International & Comparative Trademark Law
  • International Entertainment Law
  • Law & Biotechnology
  • Law Practice Information Literacy: International Patent Searching
  • Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity
  • Managing Knowledge Assets in the University
  • Music Law
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Law
  • Sports Law I
  • Sports Law II: Individual Rights in Collegiate & Professional Sports
  • Technology Transfer Tax
  • Telecommunications Law
  • European, American and Chinese Approaches to IP and Comp. Law
  • World Trade and World IP Law & Institutions
  • Administrative Process

1. For example, a twelve-credit IP externship may be counted for 6 credits in column B and for the 3 elective credits from column C. As another example, a student earning 9 credits from column A will meet both the column A and column C requirements.

2. If a student receives a grade below the floor grade (C+ or B-, as applicable) in any of the listed courses, that grade is counted for calculating the minimum GPA but that course is not counted toward the fifteen-credit requirement. Courses graded O/S/U or by an analogous grading system are not counted for purposes of calculating the minimum GPA unless the student receives a U, in which case the value of zero is included in the course grades used to compute IP GPA. The handling of O/S/U grades for computing the GPA of IP Menu Courses mirrors the method used at UNH Law in computing GPA generally. See Academic Rules, Rule V.A.  The Academic Rules (1.2 MB in PDF format) are part of the Student Handbook (1.5 MB in PDF format).

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