IP: Patent Law

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Beginning in the second semester of their first year, students with an interest in IP may choose from among a wide variety of courses. Each year, more than 30 IP-related courses are consistently offered. By successfully completing a specified number of IP courses, JD students can earn a certificate in intellectual property law; those who graduate with a total of 97 credits may earn both a JD and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property in just 3 years.

This curricular advice is intended to help students interested in pursuing an IP specialty to choose among available courses. Students interested in an IP-related career should begin by electing Fundamentals of IP in their second or third semester.

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Courses Include:

  • Advanced Patent Litigation
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property & Transaction Class
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Inter Partes in the USPTO
  • IP Enforcement at the International Trade Commission
  • Law & Biotechnology
  • Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
  • Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Office Litigation
  • Patent Practice & Procedure I
  • Patent Practice & Procedure II
  • Technology Licensing
  • Valuation & the Law

Patent Law Specialty

Among the possible types of IP careers, patent law is unique. The value of patents is primarily determined by the scope of claims granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Practitioners who wish to prosecute patents must qualify for and pass the patent bar. Opportunities to negotiate and draft licenses, sue infringers, advise on ways to protect trade secrets, and file appeals from PTO decisions do not require patent bar eligibility or admission, but the latter may increase opportunities for those types of work.

Patent practice opportunities are also tied to particular technical backgrounds. Students aspiring to a career in patent law should investigate employment prospects for lawyers in their specialties.

Essential Courses
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Practice I
  • Patent Practice II
  • Antitrust
  • IP and International Trade
  • Technology Licensing
  • Advanced Patent Law Seminar
  • Advanced Patent Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Federal Courts
  • IP Enforcement at the ITC
  • IP Management
  • Law and Biotech
  • Trademarks
Practical Skills
  • IP and Transaction Clinic
  • Mining Patent Information
  • Negotiations Workshop
  • Patent Practice I
  • Technology Licensing
Related Upper-Level Writing Courses
  • Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution
  • Patent Practice II