Intellectual Property Summer Institute

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Professor Richard Kurz teaching IPSI class in the Rich Room

join us in san francisco!

Session 1: July 18-21 (in-person)

Session 2: July 24-27 (in-person)*

*more advanced topics/sessions


Welcome to IPSI - the Intellectual Property Summer Institute hosted by the world-renowned Intellectual Property law school, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. This year, we will be hosting IPSI in the San Francisco Bay area!

What is IPSI?

IPSI provides students and lawyers with a unique opportunity to access world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals and learn about today’s trending topics in intellectual property to stay in the know and ahead of the curve.

What You’ll Experience
  • Engage with industry leaders at Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 firms and our expert faculty and alumni as they give you an insider's look into the future of IP. 
  • Participate in professionalism events with in-the-trenches leaders from different companies and firms all over the world.
  • Immerse yourself in the art and science of the study of IP by taking a “deep dive” into cutting-edge topics that are changing the way we interact with the world.
What You’ll Learn

We’ve divided our course offerings into two tracks: Broad Topics and Deep Dive Topics. Mix and match the courses to reflect your level of academic and professional interest!


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Micky Minhas

Meet Your Academic IP Leader

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

Micky Minhas is Senior Vice President at the Marconi Group, an intellectual property licensing and investment firm based in Dallas, Texas. As part of the Marconi management team, he plays a vital role supporting Marconi’s vision of transforming the fundamentals of intellectual property licensing through providing better ways to share patented technology. 

Before joining Marconi in March 2020, Micky was Chief Patent Counsel for Microsoft, managing the Microsoft patent group since 2012. Micky managed a team of over one hundred patent professionals who were primarily responsible for outbound and inbound intellectual property licensing, patent strategy, patent acquisitions and divestitures. He also managed patent preparation and prosecution of patents and was responsible for Microsoft’s conflicts, indemnification and prelitigation practice. During his time, Microsoft had a significant patent licensing business resulting in significant revenue for the company, as well as placement of Microsoft products on Android based mobile devices.

Micky talking to students

Prior to Microsoft, Micky served for 13 years as Vice President of Intellectual Property Strategy at Qualcomm in San Diego, California. There, Micky was responsible for establishing the company’s 4G patent portfolio as well as intellectual property aspects of Qualcomm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. As part of his time with Qualcomm, Micky was based in Munich, Germany where he managed the company’s patent opposition practice.

Micky holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University (’89), an MS in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University (’93) and a JD and LLM from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (’97), where he continues to work as the Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

Contact Us


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.

All sessions will be held in-person in the San Francisco Bay area.

Session 1: July 18-21
Session 2: July 24-27 

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.

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

  • Students taking courses for credit can find pricing at
  • Domestic students taking courses not-for-credit will be charged $750 per credit
  • International students taking courses not-for-credit will be charged $500 per credit

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