Intellectual Property (M.I.P.)

Intellectual Property (M.I.P.)

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

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

Why get a master’s degree in intellectual property?


If you want to be an IP leader, shaping policies and practices globally at Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 100 firms and governments, earn a master’s in intellectual property law from the IP Powerhouse. Designed for nonlawyers looking to expand their understanding of IP, 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 30-credit master’s 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 five years.

Potential careers

  • IT professional
  • Marketing professional
  • Patent agent
  • Research and development manager
  • Technical specialist
  • Technology company executive

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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.

The master's in IP is available in residential, limited residential, and online formats (online and limited residential focus on patent law.)

Online Candidate Requirements
LIP 944Fundamentals of Intellectual Property3
LCR 923International Legal Research2
LIP 913International and Comparative Intellectual Property3
LIP 954Patent Law3
LIP 961Patent Practice and Procedure I3
LIP 962Patent Practice and Procedure II3
LIP 951Technology Licensing2
LIP 928Intellectual Property Management2
Electives Choose from:9
LIP 997
Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
LIP 912
Copyright Law
LIP 977
Trademarks and Deceptive Practices
LIP 918
Trade Secrets Law
LIP 957
Intellectual Property Crimes
Total Credits30
Residential Candidate Requirements
LIP 801Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy1
LIP 894American Legal Process and Analysis I3
LIP 895American Legal Process and Analysis II2
Required Electives9
Select three from the following:
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 Selected from a List Provided by Program Director15
Total Credits30
Limited Residential Candidate Requirements
LIP 801Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy1
LIP 894American Legal Process and Analysis I3
LIP 906Patent Strategies for Business2
LIP 913International and Comparative Intellectual Property3
LIP 928Intellectual Property Management2
LIP 944Fundamentals of Intellectual Property3
LIP 951Technology Licensing2
LIP 954Patent Law3
LIP 961Patent Practice and Procedure I3
LIP 962Patent Practice and Procedure II3
LIP 997Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age2
Additional Electives Selected from a List Provided by Program Directors3
Total Credits30

Explore Program Details

  • Start date: August 28, 2018
  • Due date/Application Deadline (this date is subject to change): April 1 priority
  • Duration: 30 credits
    • Full-time or part-time (Limited residential students must be full-time first semester.)
    • Full-time students must complete degree in 12 months.
    • Part-time residential must complete degree within five years. Part-time online must complete degree within three years.

Alumni Profile

Saket Sankhla '08
Master's in Intellectual Property Program

Alumni Profile

Jeremy Berger '19
Master's in Intellectual Property Program

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