Intellectual Property Summer Institute


Professor Richard Kurz teaching IPSI class in the Rich Room

Online Sessions from May 23 - July 1, 2022
Residential Session June 10-13, 2022

Welcome to IPSI at the IP Powerhouse - the Intellectual Property Summer Institute hosted by a top 10 ranked IP law school in the US, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. 

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!

Meet Your Academic IP Leader

Micky Minhas
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.

Mickey Minhas speaking with 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.

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From Traditional Media to Social Media: Current Issues and Events in the Law of Media and Mass Communication

2 Credits
May 24 - June 30
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

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 laws staple doctrines apply to the business of producing and distributing news, information, and entertainment for mass audiences.

Intellectual Property Management

2 Credits
May 23 - June 30
Tuesday/Thursday 8 pm - 10 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

Intellectual Property (IP) Management is intended for third year law students as a "capstone" course building on IP courses taken in the second and third years of law school. It is a practical, hands-on course designed to bridge academia and real-life private or corporate practice and is meant to provide the IP professional with a solid foundation in proactive counseling in the area of intellectual property. Exemplary topics include invention harvesting or extracting; invention records and disclosures; inventorship and ownership issues; laboratory notebook practice; patent searching; criteria and procedures for determining type of IP protection, particularly whether to file for patent protection or maintain as trade secret; trade secret policies and protection; IP education; IP audits and due diligence investigations; outside submissions; trademark practice (searching and clearance); international filing considerations, agreement practice, and other aspects of corporate IP management including understanding, developing, executing and/or managing IP strategies, IP committees, and IP budgets consistent with overall business objectives. Eligibility: Open to all except 1Ls. Course format: lecture. Grading: other (see syllabus), 100%. This course may be taken for an S/U grade.

Intellectual Property Valuation

1 Credit
June 15 - July 1
Wednesday/Friday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

Intellectual property is an increasingly important asset in the modern economy. Recent examples of infringement litigation resulting in multi-million dollar awards have only served to further emphasize this observation. The positive and negative reactions of the market to the e-commerce euphoria are a reflection on the importance of IP. Today’s successful attorney or business person must be able to assist in the identification, preservation and use of valuable knowledge and information assets. One important skill needed to help meet these objectives is an ability to understand the elements that drive IP value and the business enterprise and to understand the economic impact of various IP exploitations.

Name, Image & Likeness in Sports

1 Credit
June 16 - July 1
Wednesday/Friday 12 pm - 2 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

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.

Pharmaceutical Patents – Patent Protection and Litigation in the Life Sciences Industry

2 Credits
May 23 - June 30
Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

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 new medicines and therapies that can treat and cure ailments, diseases, and other medical conditions.  For generic drug 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.  These laws and regulations provide both incentives to innovators to bring new products to market, and also incentives to those who seek to market generic equivalents or biosimilars of products before innovators’ patent rights and exclusivities expire.  This course will delve into many of the laws and regulations that should be understood by anyone who is interested in patent litigation, prosecution, or licensing in the life sciences industry. 

Standards-related Essential Patents (SEPs) and FRAND

1 Credit 
May 23 - June 9 
Monday/Wednesday, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

The students will study the most important cases and concepts related to the standards-related essential patents. After the completion of the course, the students will be able to analyze legal problems involving standard-related patents (SEPs) and commitments to license them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. 

Video Gaming & Intellectual Property

2 Credits
May 23 - June 29
Monday/Wednesday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online

The U.S. video game industry generated $90.3 billion in annual economic output in 2019 while supporting nearly 429,000 U.S. jobs. New Hampshire has at least 11 video game related companies, 4 college programs, and 2 varsity Esports teams adding over $83 million to the local economy. The video game market could easily become a $300 billion industry by 2025, and the need for lawyers versed in video game law will similarly grow. This issue-spotting overview course covers the essential intellectual property (IP) issues encountered in the gaming industry: content creation, content acquisition, and content protection. Topics are explored from the position of Copyright, Trademark, Patent, and Trade Secret protections, as well as the intersection of IP issues in context with business formation and employment law issues. Broader legal topics surrounding distribution, revenue generation, and player management will be introduced as well.

Fashion Law

2 Credits

Online classes will be delivered synchronously Monday/Wednesday, May 23 - June 10 from 5 pm - 7 pm EST.

Required residential classes will be delivered at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, NH June 10-13 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm EST.

Students will study the main subject areas that comprise “Fashion Law”, including licensing, talent agreements, privacy and security, international intellectual property portfolio management, domain portfolio management, sustainability and claim substantiation, anti-counterfeiting and virtual goods/NFT use and protection.  Through in depth exposure to each of these areas, students will be able to navigate complex real world brand issues, manage risk analysis, and have a working understanding of how intellectual property interfaces with fashion brands.  Students will also be given an infrastructure and step-by-step guide with which to establish or improve an existing brand protection program.  

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and the Law

1 Credit
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Classes will be delivered in-person at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, NH.

This course will introduce students to the core concepts, history and legal implications, of blockchain's distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.), smart contracts, and decentralized applications (a/k/a dApps).

Intellectual Property Taxation

1 Credit
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Classes will be delivered in-person at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, NH.

This course introduces students to the federal tax laws that apply to the creation, acquisition, exploitation, disposition, licensing, and infringement of various forms of intellectual property.

    Regulatory and Contractual Aspects of Web3 and the Metaverse

    1 Credit
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

    Classes will be delivered in-person at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, NH.

    This course significant changes to streaming, gaming, and online social engagement with an emphasis on the rapid growth of the “metaverse,” the enterprise and entertainment virtual reality, augmented reality environment, as well as the complementary fields of NFTs, blockchain, games, DAOs, and its overlap with DeFi and crypto. The course will explore the implications of these emergent technologies on privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, financial transactions, commercial regulation, and contracting terms.  

    Upon completion of the course, student will be able to: 

    • Understand the emerging metaverse, and how the components are coalescing into a new user experience. 

    • Identify key legal issues for large and small enterprises doing business to support new media and to conduct transactions using existing and emerging platforms  

    • Help enterprises comply with the current and evolving regulatory environment at the state, federal, and multinational level  


    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.

    Online from May 23 - July 1, 2022

    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. 

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    • 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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