If you've paid attention to news reports about the global economy, advances in technology and the Internet, then you've probably encountered intellectual property law.
Practice of this specialty has grown dramatically in recent years and takes place in a wide variety of settings, but the common ground is in four primary areas:
- Trade secrets
One of six concentrations at the School of Law, Intellectual Property offers students a strong foundation in these areas as well as in entertainment law, computer and Internet law, franchise law and more.
This is a great path to choose if you're interested in taking advantage of Connecticut's extensive base of biomedical research and pharmaceutical businesses.
Requirements + Courses
In order to be eligible for the intellectual property concentration, a student must take Administrative Law as one of the core electives. Credits for this course do not count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement, but the grade in this prerequisite does count toward the concentration GPA requirement.
To receive the certificate for this concentration, a student must earn 18 intellectual property specialty credits, divided as follows:
Required Course Work
At least 15 of the 18 credits must be earned from the following list of basic intellectual property courses. Credits for these courses will count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement.
- Intellectual Property (this course is required) (3-4 credits)
- Patent Law (2 credits)
- Patent Litigation (2 credits)
- Advanced Patents (2 credits)
- Communications Law (2-3 credits)
- Computer and Internet Law (2-3 credits)
- Licensing of Intellectual Property (2-3 credits)
- Entertainment Law (2 credits)
- Sports Law (2 credits)
- Unfair Trade Practices (2-3 credits)
- Franchise Law (2-3 credits)
- Externship with intellectual property emphasis (up to six credits with written approval by director of concentration program)
- Independent Research with intellectual property emphasis (with written approval by director of concentration program and supervising professor)
The balance of the credits, if any, may be earned from the following courses that are related to intellectual property or from other required courses listed above (not all of theses courses are offered every year).
- Antitrust (3 credits)
- Law, Science & Technology (3 credits)
- International Trade (3 credits)
- International Business Transactions (3 credits)
- Other course or journal work as approved by the director of the concentration program
- Courses taken at other law schools or in summer programs (up to 5 credits with prior approval of the direction of the concentration program)
You must write a substantial paper -- or a series of shorter writings that together comprise a substantial amount of written work -- on a topic or topics related to intellectual property. (If the student writes a substantial paper, the student may use that paper to satisfy the law school's advanced writing requirement, provided that the student meets the guidelines for the advanced writing requirement as set forth in the academic catalog.) The topic or topics for the written work used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the concentration director. A paper written for a journal may qualify, if the topic is approved by the concentration director.
Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the coursework used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors.
A student may designate any course or paper as not counting towards the concentration, so long as it is not required for the concentration, and you meet the concentration requirements with another course or paper.
The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement), if they both agree to do so.