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Intellectual Property Law Certificate

The Intellectual Property Law Certificate explores issues in intellectual property such as copyright law, patent law, and trademark and unfair competition law.

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Students seeking to earn the Intellectual Property Law Certificate must take a combination of basic, advanced, and elective courses totaling at least 16 credits. Students are also required to complete the Advanced Writing Requirement in the area of intellectual property, technology, or media law.

Basic Course Requirement

Minimum of two courses:
Intellectual Property - Intro (3 credits)
Copyright Law (3 credits)
Patent Law (3 credits)
Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (2-3 credits)

Advanced Course Requirement

Minimum of three courses:
Intellectual Property Litigation (3 credits)  
Patent Office Practice ( 3 credits)
Additional courses from Basic Courses


Remaining credits, if needed, may come from any of the following elective courses:

Core Electives
First Amendment Seminar (3 credits)
Individual Research (intellectual property, technology, or media law) (1-3 credits)
Sports and Antitrust Law (3 credits)

Curriculum Enhancement
Administrative Law (3 credits)
Conflict of Laws (3 credits)
Federal Courts and Jurisdiction (3 credits)
Legislation (2 credits)

Experiential Training (no more than 2 credits)
Contract Drafting (2-3 credits)
Mediation (2 credits)
Negotiations (2 credits)
Entrepreneurial/Transactional Clinic (up to 2 credits)
Other relevant clinic or internship as approved by program director

Related Coursework (no more than 3 credits)
Must be approved by the program director (including coursework outside Drake Law School).

Advanced Writing Requirement

Students are required to complete a writing project focusing on a topic on intellectual property, technology, or media law.

Note: Regardless of whether this project has been used to fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement, the project must meet the requisite standards of that requirement.

For more information, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

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