University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Global Connections - IP Alumni

Where IP leads: thousands of alumni around the world

During the 1970s, Franklin Pierce Law Center founder Dr. Robert Rines and the IP faculty made it a goal to bring important visitors from around the globe to educate them on building IP capacity in their countries. These were the first members of the IP global family at the Franklin Pierce Center for IP. They were invited to attend classes at no charge and were taken to important IP settings around the United States.

During the 1980s, these efforts culminated in the founding of the first Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) degree that could be earned by lawyers and non-lawyers alike. In the following decade, Franklin Pierce Law Center offered the Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LLM IP) degree to accommodate foreign and U.S. lawyers who earned an advanced IP law and practice degree.

As a result, Franklin Pierce Center for IP classes have long been filled with global IP professionals. This provides excellent networking opportunities for everyone involved.

There are formal and informal alumni associations in the U.S. and around the globe to help harness the power of this networking. The Franklin Pierce Center for IP helps to promote and grow these associations, which benefit all members of the Franklin Pierce Center for IP community - especially new graduates looking for career assistance and opportunities.

A few of our leading global IP alumni:

Betty Jepkoech Kiplagat
Administrative, Legal Office
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
Nairobi, Kenya

Manisha Shridhar
Director, National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector
Ministry of Small Scale Industries Government of India
New Delhi, India

Dr. Emanuel Meyer
Senior Legal Advisor, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Copyrights and Neighboring Rights
Bern, Switzerland

Irma Herrera
Head of Multilateral Affairs,
National Institute of Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

José Graça Aranha
Director, Information and Promotion Division, Sector of Trademarks,
Industrial Design and Geographical Indications WIPO
Geneva, Switzerland
Former President, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jack Lu
Director, Economic Division Taipei Representative Office
Taiwan Patent and Trademark Office

Adebambo Adewopo
Director General
Nigerian Copyright Commission
Abuja, Nigeria

UNH Law IP faculty serve as global ambassadors

In the 1970s and 1980s, the team of Professors Robert Rines, Robert Shaw, Homer Blair, and Bryan Harris traveled the world building IP capacity in Europe, the former Soviet Union, as well as extensively throughout Asia. Not only did they build capacity as visitors, they invited IP professionals from around the globe to come to the Franklin Pierce Center for IP for training.

Our current IP faculty travel the globe to all types of IP events in service to the IP community. From Africa to the Americas, Asia to India, our faculty travel widely, promoting the IP and public interest, while also building our reputation and expanding our network of colleagues.

They are engaged in a wide range of global activities:

  • Participating in conferences, symposium, continuing legal education, government, NGO and many other IP related events
  • Serving as leaders in global and domestic professional associations
  • Acting as expert witnesses
  • Acting as arbitrators
  • Authoring content in a wide range of formats including articles, casebooks, treatises, reports, websites and blogs


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