Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law program fosters the knowledge, skills and values that the contemporary intellectual property lawyer needs in the rapidly changing IP practice. Students learn how to apply foundational legal concepts in diverse intellectual property settings, including litigation, transactional work, and prosecution.

Our core intellectual property courses, electives, and various programmatic opportunities enrich our students’ understanding of the many facets of the intellectual property field. The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law course of studies prepares students for successful careers as well-rounded, problem-solving lawyers who can adapt to 21st-century challenges.

Benefits of Earning a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

The certificate program offers a strong program of faculty advisement and curriculum planning for a coherent, integrated, and progressive course of study in intellectual property law. The benefits of pursuing a certificate include:

  • Preparation for practice and specialization: The certificate program is designed to expose students to the foundations of intellectual property law and ensure familiarity with key concepts, laws, policies, institutions, skills, and values in the intellectual property field.
  • Faculty advisement and curriculum guidance: Faculty advisors in intellectual property law are assigned to every student who is enrolled in the certificate program. They can assist students in designing course packages in intellectual property law and from the JD program generally that match the students’ intellectual and employment interests. They also can provide guidance on career paths and suggest opportunities for future professional development.
  • Integrated learning: The certificate program offers students the opportunity for integrated learning by building and reinforcing the basics as they progress through required and elective courses and by offering opportunities to blend theory and practice in intellectual property law.
  • Transferability and adaptability: The core competencies developed in the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law program are readily transferable to other legal fields. The intellectual property field simply serves as the lens and context for developing these competencies. Earning a certificate in intellectual property law does not limit you to working in the intellectual property field in the future. Rather, it can promote your resourcefulness and your ability to adapt successfully to rapidly changing legal, political, social, technological, and global environments.

Certificate Courses

Required Courses Credit Hours
Choice of either Administrative Law (LAW 7010) or Corporations (LAW 7101) 3
Copyrights (LAW 7158) 3
Patent Law (LAW 7417) 3
Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law (LAW 7478) 3
Choice of three courses or nine credit hours from the electives course list:

  • Advanced Patent Law (LAW 7053)
  • Antitrust Law (LAW 7065)
  • Arts and Entertainment Law (LAW 7079)
  • Biotechnology Law, Policy and Ethics (LAW 7098)
  • Cyberlaw (LAW 7137)
  • Different and Unusual Forms of Intellectual Property (LAW 7178)
  • Food and Drug Law (LAW 7234)
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property (LAW 7269)
  • Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar (LAW 7271)
  • Law and Emerging Technologies (LAW 7355)
  • Mass Communications Law (LAW 7390)
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution (LAW 7416)
  • Sports Law (LAW 7473)
  • International Intellectual Property
 Total  18-21 hours
Graduate-Level Elective Courses in Other Colleges and Departments:

Because the practice of intellectual property law is interdisciplinary by nature, students pursuing a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law may satisfy up to three credit hours of the three courses or 9 credit hours of electives requirement by enrolling in IP-related graduate courses offered by other Georgia State departments. Examples of appropriate graduate courses offered within Georgia State University include:

  • Legal Aspects of International Business (IB 8080)
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets (IB 8180)
  • Regulatory Environment of Business (EMBA 8205)
Extracurricular Activities

In addition to the above coursework requirements, students would need to participate and complete the college’s IP Law Society’s Intellectual Property Student Mentoring Program.

Applying to the Certificate Program
A student must be in good academic standing. There is no minimum GPA requirement to enroll.
Students must have at least one semester remaining in their studies to apply for the certificate program.
Students wishing to pursue a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law are required to submit a declaration of interest form as early as the spring semester of the first year of the full-time program or the spring semester of the second year of the part-time program, or anytime thereafter but no later than the end of the fourth week of a student's last semester prior to graduation (i.e. one full academic year prior to graduation).
All students enrolled in the Certificate Program are assigned an academic advisor — a professor associated with the Center for Intellectual Property. Students are encouraged to take advantage of faculty advisement to make course selections and discuss potential career paths. Students must meet with their advisor at least once a year.
Requirements to Receive Certificate
To earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, a minimum average GPA of 3.0 is required for all courses taken in satisfaction of the certificate requirements. If a student takes more than the minimum number of elective courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, then the student can utilize the highest grades in other intellectual property courses taken when computing the required 3.0 GPA for the certificate.
To graduate with a certificate, students must submit a Verification for Certificate in IP form for review no later than the end of the drop/add period of a student’s last semester prior to graduation. The form must be signed by the student’s academic advisor.
The Certificate in Intellectual Property Law will be reflected on a student’s transcript.
Honors shall be awarded to students earning a GPA of 3.6 or higher in all intellectual property courses taken in satisfaction of the certificate program.