Certificate Eligibility

Certificate Eligibility

To be eligible for the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, students must (a) earn at least 15 credits from the Core Curriculum, (b) take at least 2 courses or seminars from the Related Curriculum, (c) earn a grade point average of 3.3 from the Core Curriculum, and (d) satisfy the certificate writing requirement.

A. Core Curriculum

Each student must earn at least 15 credits from the Core Curriculum below and must take at least 3 of the first 4 courses listed:

- Must take three of these:

Copyright Law (2 or 3 credits)

Patent Law (2 or 3 credits)

Trademark Law (2 or 3 credits)

Intellectual Property Survey (2 or 3 credits) [when offered]

  • Students may not enroll in Survey course if they already have taken, or by the end of semester in which they would be enrolled in the IP Survey course will have taken, two or more of the other courses in this core curriculum.

- Balance of your 15 credits from these when offered (other courses not listed must be pre-approved by the Director):

  • Corporate Espionage Seminar
  • European Copyright Law (2 credits)
  • International Intellectual Property Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (2 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Theory Seminar (2 credits)
  • Law of Cyberspace
  • Law and Computers (2 credits)
  • Licensing (2 credits)
  • Media Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution I (2 credits)
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution II (2 credits)
  • Telecommunications (2 credits)
  • Trademark Practice and Procedure (2 credits)
  • Trade Secret Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • WIPO Externship or USPTO Externship

B. Required Related Courses

Students must take at least two courses or seminars from the following related courses and seminars:
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust
  • Corporations
  • Federal Courts
  • Franchising
  • Law and Economics
  • Sports Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure II (if offered)
  • Ethics of the Human Genome Project
  • Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law (if offered)
  • International Financial Crimes
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade Law

C. Grades

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3 with respect to the 15 credits from the Core Curriculum. A student who takes more than 15 credits from within this curriculum will satisfy this requirement if he or she maintains a 3.3 average for 15 of these credits.

D. Writing Requirement

The student must satisfy, a certificate writing requirement. This can be done through enrollment in a seminar from among the Core Curriculum or the Related Curriculum, provided: (1) the student’s seminar paper is on an intellectual property-related topic, and (2) the student earns a B or better in the seminar. A paper which satisfies the J.D. senior writing requirement may also satisfy the certificate writing requirement if it meets the criteria listed above.
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