Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property


The Original IP Powerhouse

No law school in the world has had an impact on intellectual property law and infrastructure like UNH Franklin Pierce. Our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property prepares the next generation of lawyers for practice in a global economy based primarily on intellectual property. To that end, our intellectual property program includes leading scholars and practitioners in the core IP fields of patent law, copyright law, trademark law, privacy, internet law, and law and technology. From drones to 3D printing, from iPhones to groundbreaking vaccines, there are countless applications of IP—and our pioneering faculty is there to teach our students how to lead the path forward.  

A top-10 IP law program in the United States for nearly 30 years, our Franklin Pierce Center has been at the forefront of developing IP infrastructure around the world.  Our comprehensive and creative course offerings provide the foundation for an exceptional IP education.  Classes are relevant, modern, and enriching.  They will provide you the knowledge needed to excel in the real world. Our graduates prove that every day in 80 different countries as professors, policymakers, government officials, and corporate lawyers. Our alumni create IP strategy for Fortune 100 companies; they lead IP offices in Asia and Latin America.  Our students are able to adapt their legal expertise to constantly changing technologies and economies.

Global Hub

UNH Franklin Pierce is the original IP powerhouse. We're a world-class destination for international policy-makers, attorneys, scholars, and students, and our graduate programs have been advancing the careers of attorneys and students from anywhere in the world for decades. Our graduates work in more than 80 countries around the globe.

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Micky Minhas


Faculty That Define Excellence

Experts and Mentors

More than half of our faculty have intellectual property expertise. And while each one contributes something uniquely valuable to our program, they all have one thing in common: They are 100 percent dedicated to our students. Our IP faculty includes widely-renowned experts in all areas of IP and information law, who are thought-leaders in IP policy and practice worldwide. At UNH Franklin Pierce, we don’t just work with ideas, we work with people.

Micky Minhas, JD/LLM '97, Executive Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, has had a fascinating career and will now take that experience to lead our top 10 IP program. Learn about his background on The Legal Impact.

Intellectual Property Viewbook


At the Center of the Action

At UNH Franklin Pierce, we're always on the look-out for new and bold ideas in IP. Our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property is home to this quest. Our Intellectual Property Scholars’ Roundtable brings scholars from across the country and around the world. At the Intellectual Property Scholarship Redux Conference, senior scholars revisit works they had previously published and talk about what they got right, or what they would do differently.

This is where UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon made his first public comments about his historic case against the NCAA, and where band founder Simon Tam and The Slants performed and took part in a discussion regarding their challenge of the Lanham Act in a trademark case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. If it has to do with IP, UNH Franklin Pierce is always at the center of the action.

Explore our programming

  • Scott Bauman, Vice President, Universal Music Group, Lawyering in the Music Industry 
  • Seventh Annual Intellectual Property Scholars’ Roundtable 
  • Alexandra DeNeve, Velcro Companies, Unique Paths to Trademark Protection 
  • Michael Harrington, Berklee College of Music, Recent Issues in Music and Copyright Litigation
  • Gajarsa Inn of Court Kickoff
  • Dean Kamen, Bioinnovation and Law Kickoff
  • Avantika Bhandari LLM’15, Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Patent Law and Legal Protection in Africa, Latin America, and India
  • Mary LaFrance, William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, The Right of Publicity and Choice of Law
  • Deidre Keller, Ohio Northern University College of Law, Will I Be the Next Hashtag? 
  • Anjali Vats, Boston College Law School, Copyright Thuggery 
  • Ed O’Bannon, former NCAA basketball player, Court Justice: A Conversation with Ed O’Bannon (with Rosa O’Bannon and Michael McCann) 
  • Intellectual Property Scholarship Redux Conference
  • 20th Comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Seminar, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies 
  • Craig Morris, USPTO, Trademark Basics for Small Businesses (co-sponsored by UNH Manchester)
  • Chris Sagers, Cleveland State University, Apple, Antitrust, and Irony 
  • Fourth Annual IP MOSAIC Conference—IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy, and Practice 
  • Bruce Leicher & Sagar Antala, Biosimilars and the Challenges of Biosimilar Development and Commercialization 

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Empower Yourself

At UNH Franklin Pierce and the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, engage with our world-class, widely-published faculty who mentor with an open-door policy. Our classes are intentionally small: you will know each of your professors and you will feel comfortable asking them meaningful questions about law and career.

You won’t be one of many in our Franklin Pierce Center for IP Law. You will be one of one.

So, empower yourself with one of the country’s most extensive, thoughtful, and cutting-edge selections of intellectual property courses. Join a diverse group of students and professional colleagues from around the globe. Join us!

contact us

Phone: (603) 228-1541