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 more than 25 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?

This intellectual property master’s degree program features a focus on patent law and is designed for students who don’t already hold a law degree but are interested in gaining expertise in IP law. You’ll earn global credentials in a high-demand field and learn the fundamentals of obtaining, maintaining, and enforcing patents, and also will explore differences between domestic and international regulations. Our online courses are drawn in part from our patent law and practice curriculum, among the most comprehensive in the country, and all of our online offerings touch on current issues shaping IP law today. The IP master’s degree program is a great fit for domestic and foreign engineers, scientists or professionals who want a specialized degree.

Why choose UNH for your degree?

UNH Law and the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property are longstanding leaders in intellectual property law, ranked No. 5 for IP law by U.S. News & World Report, and ranking among the Top 10 in the country for more than two decades. You’ll work with highly experienced faculty and enjoy access to a global network of influential IP practitioners. As a full-time student online or on campus, you’ll complete your degree in 12 months. Need more flexibility because of work or family commitments? Complete your degree as a part-time student, online or on campus, in three 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:11
LIP 906
Patent Strategies for Business
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 Credits32
Residential Candidate Requirements
LIP 801Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy1
LIP 894American Legal Process and Analysis I3
LIP 895American Legal Process and Analysis II2
Electives7-9
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 Director17
Total Credits30-32
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

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  • 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.

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Saket Sankhla '08
Master's in Intellectual Property Program

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