Intellectual Property Summer Institute

IPSI has returned - and is better than ever!

Micky Minhas

Micky Minhas, JD/LLM '97
Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

Join lawyers, alumni, and law students at the IP Powerhouse for cutting-edge online courses in intellectual property.  

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•    Learn from industry leaders at Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 firms and our expert faculty and alumni, like Micky Minhas (JD/LLM '97), pictured, former Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel at Microsoft, as they give you an insider's look into the future of IP. 
•    Network with in-the-trenches leaders from different companies and firms all over the world.
•    Lead the way among your peers by becoming an expert in different fields in IP.

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My favorite aspect of IPSI 2020 was …

“… the real-world impact of the speakers … All the VIP [professors] taught us about hot IP topics and how they are dealt with in the real IP world …. It was fascinating!”

“… how they brought VIP people in the area to the class to give us a solid perspective on each topic … They do an excellent job!”

“… the range of topics and speakers. They were all very relevant and informative.  I learned something completely new.”

Check out our current line-up of faculty and 1 & 2 credit courses

Richard Kurz
Drug Wars: Patent Protections in the Life Sciences Industry
Richard Kurz

1 Credit - 5/24 - 6/11
Tues/Thurs 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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In the life sciences industry, which encompasses pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, patent protection and exclusivity rights are of critical importance.  For industry innovators, patents and exclusivity rights are essential for companies and academic institutions to protect and recoup the very substantial research and development investments that are made to discover and develop medicines that can treat and cure ailments, diseases, and other medical conditions.  For generic and biosimilar manufacturers, challenging those patents—and the financial incentives to do so—allows them to manufacture and market affordable medicines with relatively small investments.  The Federal Courts, U.S. Congress, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have created a body of case law, statutes, and regulations that are tailored to this industry. 
This one-credit course will provide an overview of current case law, statutes, FDA regulations, and litigation practices that are relevant and, in many cases, unique to this industry.  The course is intended to provide a general understanding of legal considerations that patent practitioners, litigators, and legal counsel working with or in the life sciences industry should know.

Jian Ma
The Art & Science of Legal Engagement in China
Jian Ma

2 Credits - 5/24 - 7/2
Mon/Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

China has presented unprecedented business opportunities as well as unique challenges over the past few decades. And this dynamic landscape will further intensify in the new normal of COVID-19. This two-credit course will provide an overview of the underlying policy, economic and legal frameworks, highlight recent developments on IP protection and enforcement, antitrust and other regulatory compliances in particular. Guest speakers (in-house counsel and law firm practitioners) will share their experiences from doing business in connection with China, as well as offer best practices on culture intelligence and negotiation skills needed to be successful. The course will also explore growing areas that may lead to robust opportunities in China.

Chris Reed
From Traditional Media to Social Media: Current Issues and Events in the Law of Media and Mass Comunication
Chris Reed

2 Credits - 5/24 - 7/2
Mon/Wed 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
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This course offers broad exposure to various legal issues confronted by mass media enterprises, ranging from traditional broadcasters and similar internet-based services, to the major internet platforms and the new class of “media enterprises” that they spawned, such as YouTube influencers and TikTok stars. By examining current issues and events, students will navigate areas of law including defamation, rights of publicity and privacy, newsgathering and right of access, advertising, broadcast and internet regulation, intellectual property, and antitrust – to understand how the law’s staple doctrines apply to the business of producing and distributing news, information, and entertainment for mass audiences.

Jessica Harrison
Video Game Law
Jessica Harrison

1 Credit - 6/14 - 7/2
Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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According to the Entertainment Software Association, the 2018 U.S. video game industry employed more than 220,000 people and produced more than $43 billion in annual revenue. Over 164 million adults in the US play video games and three quarters of all Americans have at least one gamer in their household. New Hampshire has at least 15 video game related companies adding over $64 million to the local economy. Looking forward as new technologies such as mobile gaming and cloud gaming emerge and grow, the video game market could become a $300 billion industry by 2025. Few industries have a brighter future and the need for lawyers versed in video game law will similarly grow. This issue-spotting overview course covers the essential intellectual property topics commonly encountered in the video game industry: content creation, content acquisition, content protection. Broader legal topics such as content distribution, revenue generation, and player management issues will be introduced as well.

Shabnam Malek
Cannabis & IP
ShabnAm Malek

1 Credit - 5/24 - 6/11
Tues/Thurs 3 - 4:30 p.m.
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Cannabis (marijuana) is listed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, and the possession, sale, and use of marijuana remains unlawful at the federal level. Meanwhile, cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation on a state-by-state basis. This federal and state divide presents unique challenges to businesses serving patients and consumers in the cannabis industry and the lawyers who advise them. 
This one-unit course will provide an overview of the current state of the cannabis industry, identify key legal and business challenges, and explore how lawyers are helping their clients address these challenges. The course will lay the groundwork for the type of issue spotting and creative thinking required to navigate the legal and business landscape of this emerging legal field. 

Gene Quinn
IP Colloquium
Gene Quinn

1 Credit - 5/24 - 7/2
Fridays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
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Companies are using traditional forms of intellectual property in non-traditional ways – this is especially true for companies in new business areas, as well as established businesses that find themselves in new frontiers.

This one-credit course will examine different companies in transformational situations to see how they are using intellectual property. Each of the lectures will bring the legal leader from each company, sharing their experiences, challenges and issues of first impression. In addition to how each business uses copyrights, patents and trademarks, the course will also explore the challenges and nuances with privacy, antitrust, trade secrets and contracts.

Michael McCann
Name, Image & Likeness: The Controversy of Identity in Sports Law
Mike McCann

1 Credit - 5/24 - 6/11
Tues/Thurs 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
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This course centers on the rights of athletes to control their identifying characteristics. Legal reforms call for college athletes to be able to hire agents and negotiate the use of their names, images and likenesses with video game companies, apparel companies, trading card shows, athletic camps and other industries. The NCAA regards these reforms as unlawful and has lobbied Congress for a federal solution. This course examines NIL rights and their relationship to other legal conventions, including rights of publicity, media law, agency law, video game law, trademark law, copyright law, labor law, antitrust law and “influencers” and the law.

Brian Winterfeldt
Introduction to Digital Brand Protection
Brian Winterfeldt

1 Credit - 6/14 - 7/2
Tues/Thurs 5 - 6:30 p.m.
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While trademarks have served as source indicators in the brick and mortar world for thousands of years, over the past couple decades, their presence has expanded to the digital space as well. This course will offer an overview of how trademarks are represented on the Internet, the specialized strategies needed to protect them online, and why a digital brand protection strategy is of the utmost importance for all organizations in the 21st century. We will discuss the following:
Brief overview of the domain name system, as well as other digital spaces, such as social media platforms, marketplaces, and mobile apps, in which brands may have a presence;
The benefits of proactive digital brand protection (and pitfalls of not having a robust online enforcement strategy);
Best practices for developing a holistic brand protection strategy that includes brick and mortar as well as digital elements;
Using established enforcement mechanisms and processes, such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and platform takedowns; and
Developing and executing creative strategies for digital enforcement, when established mechanisms may result in bad publicity or other undesirable outcomes.

How do I register?

Current and Visiting Students
  • Current UNH students should register via Webcat, accessible at
  • Visiting students may fill out the visiting student application
    • Visiting students must be in good academic standing and have permission to transfer credits back to their home institution.
Legal Professionals


Who should attend?

This program is for legal professionals, recent law school graduates, law students entering their 2L or 3L year, and current UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law graduate students. UNH Franklin Pierce MIP alums are also invited to join the program.

When will it run?

First Session – May 24, 2021– June 11, 2021
Second Session – June 14, 2021 – July 2, 2021
All class times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

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How will classes be delivered?

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online by our network of experts in the industry, our alumni, and our renowned faculty.

What will I gain by enrolling?

Gain expertise in a specific area of the law from experts in the field which will allow you to standout in the marketplace and make connections in the industry.  Each class is either 1 or 2 credits and students can take as many as they like.

Will I be able to get CLE credits for taking the class?

Yes, these classes will be CLE eligible for practicing attorneys.

Is financial aid available?

UNH Franklin Pierce law students can consult the Financial Aid webpage.  Visiting law students should consult with financial aid at their home law schools.


Unparalleled Opportunity.

This summer, learn from industry leaders exploring today's IP issues.



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