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Intellectual Property Certificate

The certificate program was initiated as part of the law school’s effort to provide students with broad and deep exposure to intellectual property law and help prepare students for practice in the area.  The certificate is awarded upon completion of at least 15 units of intellectual property or technology related courses, including Foundation Courses (designated combinations of Intellectual Property Survey, Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition and Copyright) and a substantial research paper on an intellectual property or technology related topic.

Minimum Intellectual Property related credits

Students must take at least 15 units of Intellectual Property or technology related courses, selecting from a list approved by the Educational Policy Committee. Currently approved courses* are:

  • Antitrust
  • Art Law
  • Bioethics
  • Brands and Trademarks Seminar
  • Chinese Intellectual Property law
  • Copyright
  • Cyberlaw
  • Globalization and the Law
  • Innovation and Technology Transfer Seminar
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property, Human Rights & Social Justice
  • Intellectual Property Agreement Drafting for Biotech & Pharma
  • Intellectual Property Externship
  • International Intellectual Property and Development
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Prosecution and Practice
  • Race, National Identity and Intellectual Properties
  • Right of Publicity and Related Doctrines
  • Theory and History of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
  • Trade Secrets

Students may petition for certificate credit in Intellectual Property related courses and activities which may not be listed above by petitioning the Intellectual Property Faculty Supervisors.

Foundation Courses

Students must satisfy either Option A or Option B:

  • Option A: Take the Intellectual Property Survey course plus at least 1 of the following 3 courses:
    • Patent Law
    • Trademark
    • Copyright
  • Option B: Take 2 of the following courses:
    • Patent Law
    • Trademark
    • Copyright

A student who takes the Intellectual Property Survey course and all three of the courses in option B will only be able to count three of the four courses towards the 15 units required for the certificate.

Independent or Group Study and Externships

Students may satisfy up to 4 units of the 15 units through independent study, group study, and/or an externship related to IP.

Any group study (Law 498) must be approved by at least one intellectual property professor, and a paper written for group study will not satisfy the writing requirement unless a supervising faculty member accepts it as an independent writing project.

Writing Requirement

Students must write a writing-requirement-quality paper, approved by an IP Professor, on an IP related law topic through a seminar, an independent study, or law review.  The paper should develop and defend a thesis and demonstrate original thought and analysis.  Students writing papers independent of a seminar should consult early with faculty on paper topics and must submit a proposed topic to the supervising faculty member by May 15 of their second year of law school and submit a draft of the paper by December 31 of their third year.

Minimum IP-related GPA

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above in graded certificate classes.

* Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis. Not all courses will be taught in any given year. Please check the Course Descriptions webpage for current course offerings. Complete the Intellectual Property Certificate Form .  Have your faculty advisor sign off and return the form to the Law School Registrar's Office.