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UNH School of Law Rises to #4 Spot for IP Law in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The University of New Hampshire School of Law has risen to number four in the specialty rankings for intellectual property law released today by U.S. News & World Report in the 2012 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. UNH School of Law was also recognized as a "top tier" school in the overall rankings.

“This recognition is a testament to the reputation that our faculty, students, and alumni have built over the years; a reputation that we are working hard to strengthen through the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property," said John Broderick, Dean of UNH School of Law.

UNH School of Law continues the tradition of Franklin Pierce Law Center of being ranked among the nation's top IP schools each and every year since specialty law school rankings began in 1992. This continued prominence is all the more impressive considering how increasingly competitive the field has become. In this year’s rankings, which are based on a survey of IP faculty members around the country, only Berkeley, Stanford, and George Washington placed ahead of UNH School of Law.

Last week, Mary Wong was named the inaugural director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. Professor Wong is currently Chair of the Intellectual Property Graduate Programs and a Professor of Law at UNH School of Law.

“We've long known that we belong among the select few schools noted for IP and I am glad our peers continue to recognize this," Wong said. "I know that the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property will make us even stronger over the coming years, as we continue to lead the world with innovative programs in IP teaching, research, and policy."

UNH School of Law is building a new addition to house the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and provide opportunities for students and faculty to work with partners in governments, industries, and academia. The IP Center's mission will be advanced with significant national and international conferences and symposia, as well as the creation of new strategic alliances with leading organizations throughout the world.

By housing one of the largest intellectual property faculties in the United States as well as the only dedicated intellectual property library in the nation, and drawing on the resources of one of the nation's premier research universities, the IP Center will take the lead in positioning UNH School of Law as a global leader in innovative intellectual property education and applied research. By connecting a global network of successful alumni to the Franklin Pierce tradition, students will have ready access through the IP Center to intellectual property professionals in over 80 countries.

US News 2012 Intellectual Property Specialty Rankings

1. University of California–Berkeley
2. Stanford University (CA)
3. George Washington University (DC)
4. University of New Hampshire School of Law (NH)
5. Yeshiva Univ. (Cardozo) (NY)
6. University of Houston (TX)
7. Boston University
8. Columbia University (NY)
8. New York University
8. Santa Clara University (CA)
11. Duke University (NC)
12. Fordham University (NY)
13. Harvard University (MA)
13. University of Pennsylvania