The IP Legal Writing Program

At DePaul, qualified first year students can be admitted to the IP legal writing section (IPLW), taught by an attorney with professional IP work experience. Students learn their required first year research and writing skills (e.g., memo and trial brief writing) in the context of intellectual property issues (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright, etc.). A major advantage of the IPLW program is that it introduces students to a variety of IP theory and skills in the first year of law school. This early IP training can be attractive to prospective IP employers, which is a contrast to traditional law school curricula that do not offer any IP training in the first year.

In the fall semester, students learn about sources of state and federal law, how to identify and communicate rules of law, how to describe precedent cases, and how to apply those precedent cases to client facts in order to predict which side might prevail in a dispute. In the spring, students have an increased emphasis on researching statutes and cases pertaining to IP issues as they refine their fall semester memo writing skills. Then, at the tail end of the spring semester, students will prepare a trial brief arguing their client's position on various IP issues.

These research and writing skills in the first year of law school serve as a relevant introduction for later upper level IP coursework and any summertime legal work.

For information about previous years, please visit the IP Legal Writing previous years page.



Professor Kwall's Articles Listed Among Most Cited, Top Downloads

Professor Roberta Kwall’s article "Inspiration and Innovation: The Intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul" (Notre Dame Law Review) appears in the recently released list of the most cited IP articles published over the last 10 years. This article and "Author-Stories: Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright's Joint Authorship Doctrine" (Southern California Law Review) also are included in SSRN's all-time top 10 download list for Philosophy Research Network: Aesthetic Experience, Judgment, Value.

14th Annual IP Scholars Conference

Professors Joshua Sarnoff and Stefania Fusco participated in the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) held at Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the UC Berkeley School of Law on August 7 and 8, 2014.

CIPLIT Hosts Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture

On May 1 and 2, 2014, 22 senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

Professor Sarnoff Named Edison Scholar

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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