Intellectual Property Law Program

IP Law Degrees Available: J.D., LL.M., Master’s and Certificate

We are the law school for the information age. We’ve been ranked in the top 10 for intellectual property by US News & World Report for 27 consecutive years – every year since the rankings began. What makes us a powerhouse? Our students are hired in the marketplace at faster rates than any other school in the top 10. Our graduates have been shaping global IP for decades as heads of IP at Fortune 500 companies, AmLaw 100 firms, and government offices around the world. International lawyers, judges, and scholars come here to train and study with us. 

We offer more than a dozen degrees and certificates focused on IP, information law, and technology. We understand that legal education is not one-size-fits-all. Our program is for law students interested in a JD that will make them one of the most employable graduates in the US. It is for lawyers interested in a specialized graduate program. Judges seeking legal training on cutting-edge issues. Nonlawyers seeking to understand legal issues in industry and policy. Our graduates learn to make a difference from day one.

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The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

 

The Original IP Powerhouse

Our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property is home to our globally-renowned IP program and is a constant hub for events on cutting-edge issues of policy and practice. And the primary beneficiary of all this is our students, who are immersed in an unmatched IP experience from the day they arrive. Innovation is our specialty. From blockchain to sports wagering, we are always thinking about what comes next. We were founded to be different. And there still isn’t anybody like us.

 

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Our patent law and practice curriculum is among the most comprehensive in the country, and we offer extensive, cutting edge IP courses that touch on current issues shaping IP law today, like E-Commerce and the Law, Online Brand Management, and Technology Licensing.

  • Advanced Patent Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • E-Commerce & the Law
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property and International Trade
  • Online Brand Management
  • Patent Application Preparation & Prosecution
  • Trademarks & Deceptive Practices

Our IP alumni work around the world, at companies and organizations including the following:

  • Fish & Richardson
  • Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Lando & Anastasi
  • Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt
  • Oliff PLC
  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • US Patent and Trademark Office

Our students gain invaluable hands-on experience practicing IP prior to graduation through legal residencies and summer jobs.

Recent legal residencies have included:

  • BAE Systems                                                                                                       
  • Brookstone, Inc.
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise 
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • SIG SAUER, Inc.
  • Sony Music Entertainment 
  • Timberland LLC
  • Under Armour
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Vapotherm, Inc.

Recent summer jobs have included:

  • Haug Partners (NYC)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (DC)
  • Paul Hastings (DC)
  • Pepper Hamilton (Boston)
  • Sayfarth Shaw (Boston)
  • Webb Firm (Pittsburgh)
  • Fletcher Yoder (Houston)
  • Boyle & Frederickson (Milwaukee)

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