Intellectual Property (LL.M.)

Intellectual Property (LL.M.)

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

LLM Guide Top 10 in IP

As a top 10 IP law program in the United States for nearly 30 years (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report), the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law has one of the most respected and comprehensive patent law and practice programs in the country.

Why get an LL.M. degree in intellectual property law?

If you want to be an IP leader, shaping policies and practices globally at Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 100 firms and governments, earn an LL.M. in intellectual property law from the IP Powerhouse. Designed for U.S. and foreign lawyers, students learn from industry and scholarly experts at the forefront of the field. Experience hands-on learning through clinics like the International Technology Transfer Institute and the Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic. Benefit from immersive classroom experiences in locations like Silicon Valley and learn from IP experts at Apple, Dolby Laboratories, Fox Entertainment, Google, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Uber. The 24-credit LL.M. can be completed online, on-campus or in a mixed format.

Why choose UNH for your degree?

Ranked a top 10 law school to study IP since the rankings began nearly 30 years ago, UNH Franklin Pierce is the leader in intellectual property legal education. Half the faculty are dedicated to IP, and students study at one of the largest academic IP libraries in the Western Hemisphere. Alumni work in more than 80 countries around the world at places like Arent Fox, Bayer, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft,Nintendo, PepsiCo., the USPTO, Venable LLPand WIPO. Residential students begin in August and complete their degree in one year. Online students begin in August or January and can complete the degree part-time in up to three years.

Potential careers

  • IP attorney 
  • Patent attorney

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  • As a boy growing up in the ancient city of Haridwar in North India’s Uttarakhand state, Mohak Rana recalls learning about the significance of intellectual property from his father, Rajkumar, who owns a publications and media house. “Content is something I have been around,” says Rana, 25. “I used...
    As a boy growing up in the ancient city of Haridwar in North India’s Uttarakhand state, Mohak Rana recalls learning about the significance of intellectual property from his father, Rajkumar, who owns a publications and media house. “Content is something I have been around,” says Rana, 25. “I used...

Curriculum & Requirements

With more than 40 years of experience as an IP leader, UNH Law and the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property boast a talented faculty, a global network of influential IP practitioners, and a rich array of IP resources and programs. Take advantage of one of the most comprehensive IP curricula in the country and immerse yourself in a broad range of cutting-edge IP issues.

Our LLM in IP is available in residential, limited residential, and online formats (online and limited residential focus on patent law.)

Residential Candidate Requirements
LIP 801Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy1
LIP 894American Legal Process and Analysis I3
LIP 895American Legal Process and Analysis II2
Electives: choose a minimum of 3 courses from the following (minimum of 7 credits)7-9
LIP 912
Copyright Law
LIP 944
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
LIP 950
Copyright Licensing
LIP 951
Technology Licensing
LIP 954
Patent Law
LIP 961
Patent Practice and Procedure I
LIP 977
Trademarks and Deceptive Practices
Additional Electives Required
Limited Residential Candidate Requirements
LIP 801Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy1
LIP 894American Legal Process and Analysis I3
LIP 944Fundamentals of Intellectual Property3
LIP 951Technology Licensing2
LIP 954Patent Law3
LIP 961Patent Practice and Procedure I3
LIP 962Patent Practice and Procedure II3
LIP 913International and Comparative Intellectual Property3
Electives:
LIP 906
Patent Strategies for Business
LIP 928
Intellectual Property Management
LIP 997
Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
Additional Electives Required
Online Candidate Requirements
LCR 923International Legal Research2
LIP 944Fundamentals of Intellectual Property3
LIP 954Patent Law3
LIP 961Patent Practice and Procedure I3
LIP 962Patent Practice and Procedure II3
LIP 913International and Comparative Intellectual Property3
Electives:
LIP 928
Intellectual Property Management
LIP 906
Patent Strategies for Business
LIP 997
Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
LIP 918
Trade Secrets Law
LIP 957
Intellectual Property Crimes
LIP 977
Trademarks and Deceptive Practices
LIP 912
Copyright Law
Additional Electives Required

Explore Program Details

  • Start date: August 23, 2021
  • Due date/Application Deadline (this date is subject to change): May 1 priority, June 1 final
  • Duration: 24 credits
    • Residential Program: Full-time
      Online Program: Full-time or Part-time; students have up to three years to complete the degree
      Limited Residential Program:  Full-time first semester, then online for two semesters
  • New York Bar eligibility for residential LL.M. students

Student Profile

Stutee Nag '18 and Ankur Sharma '18
LL.M. Intellectual Property Program

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