Certificate in IP: Patent Law
To earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property with a Patent Law specialty, a student must complete the eighty-six (86) semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete Intellectual Property Survey Course (or complete both Copyright Law and Trademark & Unfair Competition Law), Patent Law, and either Advanced Patent Law, Advanced Legal Writing: Patents, Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Patent Law, or Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Intellectual Property.
- Choose two additional courses from the electives, seminars and practicum listed below. If the student does not take Advanced Legal Writing: Patents or Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Patent Law, one of the two elective courses must be a seminar or practicum.
- Earn a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the Certificate courses. Certificate courses may not be audited.
- All courses are three (3) credits unless otherwise indicated.
- Please note that if a student takes more than 15 hours of IP/IT courses or practicums, all IP/IT grades will be factored into the GPA requirement
- Occasionally new seminars or courses may be added or available on a one-time basis which would be appropriate electives for this certificate. Students may contact Professor Joshua Sarnoff to seek approval for elective credit for such courses.
Joshua D. Sarnoff
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLITŪ)
Barbara B. Bressler
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Supervisor, Technology/Intellectual Property Legal Clinic (TIP Clinic®)
Deputy Director, Field Placement Program
Elective Courses, Seminars and Practicum
- Law 250: Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Copyright Law
- Law 250: Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Patent Law
- Law 250: Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Intellectual Property
- Law 250: Seminar: Telecommunications Law
- Law 250: Seminar: Information Privacy Law
- Law 250: Seminar: Intellectual Property & Antitrust
- Law 404: Advanced Trademarks Practice
- Law 455: Legal Drafting: Trademark and Copyright
- Law 455: Legal Drafting: Patents
- Law 469: Litigation Strategy: Intellectual Property +
- Law 514: Legal Clinic: Technology & Intellectual Property (TIP Clinic®)
- Law 337: Biotechnology Patent Strategies for the New Millennium
- Law 338: Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers
- Law 999: Electronic Commerce Law
- Law 341: Cyberlaw
- Law 357: Entertainment Law or Law 333: Music Law
- Law 271: Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
- Law 454: International Intellectual Property
- Law 543: Telecommunications Law & Policy
- Law 344: Copyright Law
- Law 524: Field Placement in IP Law (must be approved by Professor Sarnoff)+
- Law 533: Patent Law Moot Court+
- Law 508: Administrative Process
- Law :250 Seminar Intellectual Property & Climate Change (must have approval from Professor Sarnoff to satisfy the seminar requirement of the certificate)
+ Courses marked with a + are considered "Practicum" courses
Students may only apply for one certificate.