Intellectual Property Courses

This practice area concerns the protection of innovation, expression, competition and information. The principal survey courses are Patent Law, Copyright Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International Intellectual Property, and Information Privacy Law.

JD candidates may earn Recognition of a JD Concentration in Intellectual Property (IP) Law. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits from the courses listed below, including at least one of the following three courses: Patent Law (6471), Copyright Law (6472), or Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (6474). Students must also produce a paper on a topic related to intellectual property law that meets the standards for the Law School’s legal writing requirement (see Bulletin, p. 13). Students who have questions should consult with the Coordinator.  An IP Field Placement is not required; if obtained, however, it can count for a maximum of 2 of the required 12 IP credits. Students who have questions should consult with the Coordinator.


  • Patent Law (6471)
  • Copyright Law (6472)
  • International Copyright Law (6473)
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (6474)
  • Entertainment Law (6475)
  • Patent Strategies and Practice (6476)
  • The Federal Circuit (6477)
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property Rights (6478)
  • Chemical and Biotech Patent Law (6480)
  • Design Law (6481)
  • Patent Enforcement (6482)
  • Patent Appellate Practice (6483)
  • Computer Law (6484)
  • Law in Cyberspace (6485)
  • Information Privacy Law (6486)
  • Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law Seminar (6488)
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission (6489)
  • International and Comparative Patent Law (6490)
  • International Intellectual Property (6491)
  • Advanced Trademark Law (6492)
  • Internet Law (6493)
  • Intellectual Property Antitrust Seminar (6494)
  • USPTO Post-Grant Patent Proceedings (6495)
  • Intellectual Property Law Seminar (6496)**
  • Selected Topics in Intellectual Property Law (6497)**
  • Trade Secrets Law (6499)
  • Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)
  • Legal Drafting (IP) (6652)

**Multiple sections for these course numbers may be offered during a given academic year; please consult the course
schedule for specific course names.

Please note: Intellectual Property Law (6470) does not count toward the minimum 12 credits for the JD Concentration in Intellectual Property Law, because it is intended as a general introduction for those not intending to specialize in Intellectual Property Law.

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