University of Pittsburgh

Intellectual Property, Technology & Innovation Law

The School of Law is transitioning its longstanding Intellectual Property & Technology Law Certificate Program into a new Intellectual Property & Innovation Law Area of Concentration:

  • Students who were admitted with the Class of 2017 or earlier classes can choose to pursue either the Certificate or the Area of Concentration. Whichever choice a student makes, the student must register for, and complete the requirements of, the chosen program in order to have completion of that program reflected on their transcripts.
  • Students who are admitted with the Class of 2018 or later classes may only enroll in the Area of Concentration.

Using the links to the right, students can navigate to descriptions of each of these programs, including their differing sets of requirements. For students admitted with the Class of 2017 or earlier classes, we have also included below a useful table comparing the requirements of the two programs to aid them in choosing between the programs. As indicated in the table, the Area of Concentration will require a minimum of 14 credits. The Certificate Program requires a minimum of 22 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Foundational Courses (2 courses totaling 5-6 credits required)

Required courses (3 of 4 courses totaling 8-9 credits required)

Intellectual Property Law
Copyright Law 
Patent Law
Trademark Law
Intellectual Property
Copyright Law
Patent Law
Trademark Law

Elective Courses (5-6 credits required)

Electives Courses in intellectual property and/or law and technology (5 credits)

Artificial Intelligence and the Law Seminar
Biotechnology Law
Business Planning, Entrepreneurship & Technology
Copyright Law
Cybersecurity and Privacy Regulation
Cyberspace and the Law
Foundations of Intellectual Property Seminar
International Intellectual Property Law
Law and Economics
Law and Entrepreneurship
Patent Law
Telecommunications Law
Food & Drug Law
Trademark Law 
Trade Secrets Law
The Law of Art and Culture
Biomedical Technology Law
Biotechnology Law
Business Planning, Entrepreneurship & Technology
Business Law of Medical Technology
Commercializing New Technologies
Computer, Internet, and Electronic Commerce Law
Cyberspace and the Law
Food and Drug Law
Intellectual Property Licensing
International Intellectual Property Law
Liberty and Security in the Age of Information and the War on Terror (Taught at GSPIA)
Research in Intellectual Property Law
Telecommunications Law
Food & Drug Law
Trade Secrets Law
Trademark Law Practice
Non-law courses approved by the Director on a case-by-case basis

Skills Component (4-6 credits required)

Elective Courses in related law (5 credits required)

Artificial Intelligence and the Law Practicum
Commercializing New Technologies
Intellectual Property Licensing
Law, Entertainment and Social Enterprise Practicum
Patent Law Practice
Patent Litigation
Trademark Law Practice
Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition
Externships with government agencies or other organizations that focus on intellectual property and/or technology law, practice, and/or policy
Semester in DC externship with a focus on intellectual property and/or technology law, practice, and/or policy.
Antitrust
Antitrust Law Seminar
Administrative Law
Advanced Bankruptcy
Agency and Partnership
Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy Seminar
Business Organizations
Commercial Transactions
Comparative Commercial Law
Constitutional Law—First Amendment
Corporate Finance
Corporations
Enterprise Organization and Finance
Federal Courts and Federal Litigation
International Business Transactions
International Sales Seminar
International Trade Law
Media Law
Negotiating Commercial and Business Transactions
Neteracy for Lawyers
Sales
Secured Transactions
Securities Regulation
The Law of Professional Sports
Transnational Litigation
 

Writing Requirement (2 credits required)

 

Foundations of Intellectual Property Seminar
Advanced Topics in Patent Law Seminar
Antitrust Seminar
Artificial Intelligence and the Law Seminar
Intellectual Property and Fair Use Seminar
Information Law and Policy Seminar
Information Privacy Law Seminar
International Intellectual Property Law
Law and Economics Seminar
Legal History:  The Technology of Law Seminar
New Reproductive Practices Seminar
Semester in DC Seminar paper (Must be on a topic related to IP and/or law and technology and approved by IP Certificate Director)
Seminar paper in another seminar (Must be on a topic related to IP and/or law and technology and approved by IP Certificate Director)
Faculty Supervised Independent Study (Topic must be approved by the IP Certificate Director)
  Practice-Oriented Courses (2 credits)
 
Artificial Intelligence and Law Practicum
Intellectual Property Licensing
Patent Law Practice
Patent Litigation
Trade Secret Law
Trademark Law Practice
Externships with gov’t agencies or other organizations with a focus on IP and/or technology law and policy
Semester in DC Externship with a focus on IP and/or technology law and policy
External Moot Courts

 

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