Intellectual Property Law
This track exposes students to the law of trademarks, copyrights and patents. Spurred by new technology and a global economy, the field has grown dramatically in recent years.
The practice of intellectual property law — covering the law of trademarks, copyrights, patents — has grown exponentially in recent years, spurred by technology and a global economy.
Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. Trademark law encompasses both registered and unregistered marks that identify goods as well as services or organizations. Copyright law provides protection to those who create literary, musical and other such works of authorship. Patent law protects inventions, and is conventionally subdivided by technology. Practice in this area is often divided between prosecution and acquisition of rights, and involves litigation, alternative dispute resolution and licensing.
It’s a popular field and jobs are currently at a premium. Intellectual property attorneys often work for large law firms or in specialized boutique firms.