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 J.D. 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 receive two credits (which count toward the concentration credits) graded on the basis of an intellectual property law-related research paper that meets the standards for the law school’s legal writing require­ment, either written in conjunction with one of the courses listed below in the practice area or with advance approval of the program director, a paper written for a journal, or a paper for independent legal writing, on an intellectual property law topic. Up to two credits earned through an intellectual property law-related Field Placement (6668) may count toward the con­centration credits, with approval of the program director.

Declaring Your Concentration 

For JDs who would like to formally declare an Intellectual Property (IP) Law concentration, please visit the GW Law Forms webpage and fill out the JD Concentration Declare/Withdraw Form for the Records Office.


  • 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 Recognition of J.D. Concentration in Intellectual Property Law, because it is intended as a general introduction for those not intending to specialize in Intellectual Property Law.

Course Descriptions