Are you intrigued about legal issues and challenges facing intellectual property in areas like biotechnology and patents, trademarks and copyrights? The Certificate in Intellectual Property (IP) Law program examines these and other critical issues and will upgrade your skills to thrive in this rapidly changing and fascinating legal world spurred by modern technology.
Students learn how to apply foundation legal concepts in diverse intellectual property settings, including litigation, transactional work and prosecution.
Our core IP courses, electives and various programmatic opportunities enrich our students’ understanding of the many facets of the IP field. These courses prepare students for successful careers as well-rounded, problem-solving lawyers who can adapt to new challenges.
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: The certificate program exposes students to the foundations of intellectual property law to prepare them to practice law. Students review key concepts, laws, policies, institutions, skills and values in the intellectual property field.
- Integrated learning: As students learn the basics and progress through required and elective courses, they blend theory and practice in intellectual property law.
- Faculty guidance: Faculty advisers are assigned to students in the certificate program. They can assist students in selecting intellectual property law and the JD program’s classes that match students’ intellectual and employment interests. They also guide students on career paths and suggest future professional development opportunities.
- Transferability and adaptability: The program’s core competencies are transferable to other legal fields. Earning a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law does not limit you to working in the IP field, but it can promote your resourcefulness and your ability to adapt successfully to rapidly changing legal, social, technological and global environments.
Students must be in good academic standing, based on the successful completion of the first full year of law study, to participate in the certificate program. Students must remain in good standing to continue program participation.
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
- Choice of either
- LAW 7010 – Administrative Law
- or LAW 7101 – Corporations (3 credits)
- LAW 7158 – Copyrights (3 credits)
- LAW 7417 – Patent Law (3 credits)
- LAW 7478 – Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law (3 credits)
Elective Courses (3-9 credit hours)
- LAW 7065 – Antitrust Law
- LAW 7079 – Arts and Entertainment Law
- LAW 7098 – Biotechnology Law, Policy and Ethics
- LAW 7137 – Cyberlaw
- LAW 7178 – Different and Unusual Forms of Intellectual Property
- LAW 7234 – Food and Drug Law
- LAW 7269 – Licensing of Intellectual Property
- LAW 7271 – Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar
- LAW 7390 – Mass Communications Law
- LAW 7416 – Patent Drafting and Prosecution
- LAW 7473 – Sports Law
- International Intellectual Property
- Summer Program in Washington, D.C.
Graduate-Level Elective Courses in Other Colleges and Departments
Because the practice of IP law is interdisciplinary by nature, students pursuing a certificate may satisfy a program requirement of up to three credit hours of the three courses or nine credit hours of electives by enrolling in IP-related graduate courses offered by other Georgia State departments. Examples of appropriate graduate courses include:
- IB 8080 – Legal Aspects of International Business
- IB 8180 – Doing Business in Emerging Markets
- EMBA 8205 – Regulatory Environment of Business
Grades and Honors
Honors shall be awarded to students earning a GPA of 3.6 or higher in intellectual property courses taken in satisfaction of the certificate program.
A student must be in good academic standing. There is no minimum GPA to enroll.
Students must have at least one semester remaining in their studies to apply for the certificate program.
Declaration of Interest
Students 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.
Students are assigned an academic adviser who is 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.
Certificate Program Review
To graduate with a certificate, students must submit a Verification for Certificate in Intellectual Property Law 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.
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