IP: Trademarks and Copyright

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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:

  • Copyright & Trademark Litigation Strategies
  • Copyright Law
  • Copyright Licensing
  • Current Issues in Copyright Practice Master Class
  • E-Commerce & the Law
  • Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration Practice
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property & International Trade
  • Intellectual Property & Transaction Class
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Inter Partes in the USPTO
  • IP Enforcement at the International Trade Commission
  • Law & Biotechnology
  • Online Brand Management
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Transfer Tax
  • Trademarks & Deceptive Practices
  • Valuation & the Law

Trademark Law Specialty

Trademark law offers a variety of career opportunities. Trademark lawyers acquire federal and state registrations and maintain common law trademark rights. They also litigate to prevent the use of confusingly similar marks, draft licenses, pursue cybersquatters and counterfeiters, police competitors' uses, register and protect domain names, and advise clients and educate the media on the correct use of marks.

A student who hopes to pursue a career in trademark law should begin with Fundamentals of IP and Trademarks and Deceptive Practices. Students should consider not only those regularly-offered courses listed below, but relevant IPSI and master classes; students who aspire to a career in trademark law are encouraged to participate in either the IP and Transaction Clinic or a legal residency that will provide opportunities for hands-on training.

Essential Courses
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

  • Trademarks & Deceptive Practices

Recommended
  • Advanced Topics in Trademarks

  • Antitrust

  • Copyright

  • Federal Courts

  • Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration Practice

  • Inter Partes Practice before the USPTO

Related
  • Advanced Topics in IP
  • Cybercrime
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • IP & International Trade
  • IP Issues in Sports & Entertainment Law
  • Technology Licensing
Practical Skills
  • IP and Transaction Clinic
  • Technology Licensing
Related Upper-Level Writing Courses
  • Advanced Topics in Trademarks

  • Remedies

Copyright Law Specialty

Copyrights protect works ranging from books, music, and motion pictures to computer software from unauthorized copying, adaptation, distribution, and public performance. Copyright law potentially affects many individuals and businesses, as well as nonprofit organizations, such as schools. Students who aspire to a career in copyright law are encouraged to participate in either the IP and Transaction Clinic or a legal residency that will provide opportunities for hands-on training.

Essential Courses
  • Copyright

  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

Recommended
  • Cybercrime

  • Federal Courts

  • Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration Practice

  • IP & International Trade

  • Technology Licensing

  • Trademarks & Deceptive Practices

Related
  •  Advanced Topics in IP

  • Antitrust

  • Entertainment Law

  • Intellectual Property Management

  • Internet Law

  • IP Issues in Sports & Entertainment Law

Practical Skills
  • IP and Transaction Clinic

  • Technology Licensing