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Intellectual Property Concentration

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Intellectual Property (IP) law encompasses legal issues involving technology and the law, from software and hardware to cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, to creative products including music, movies, and authors’ works. IP attorneys work with a wide range of businesses and people, from the world’s largest and most influential companies to solo inventors and musicians.

Lawyers trained in IP are currently in high demand, particularly litigators (who enforce IP rights, and defend against IP claims, in court), patent and trademark prosecutors (who attain patents and trademarks for clients), and licensing and technology transfer attorneys (who assist in the exchange of technology and information between businesses or universities).  IP law is also at the core of many key industries, such as the media and sports fields.

“IP is currently one of the strongest fields in law, and our location in the heart of Boston provides ready access to leading life science, technology and IP firms, Internet companies, and start-ups,” notes Professor Peter J. Karol. 

A variety of course options allows students to tailor their studies to specific interests and career goals. (Click on the Intellectual Property Law Pathway to explore options.)  The IP faculty takes pride in assisting students pursuing IP concentrations to identify and capture real-IP-law work experiences through paid or credited fellowship, internship, and moot court and mock trial competition programs.  Students also have access to study abroad opportunities, related activities and events, specialized job listings, and faculty advisors with deep expertise. Successful completion of concentration requirements is recognized on students’ law school transcripts.

Student Profiles

“Athletics was always something I was interested in,” says Karen Cassetta ’14, who competed in gymnastics, track, and tennis.  It was a natural fit for her to get involved with the Entertainment and Sports Law Organization during her first year at New England Law.  In her second year she took classes with Professor Karol, including Copyright Law, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition.  Her interest led to an internship that combined the two practice areas.

Karen Cassetta '14 Karen Cassetta '14:  "It's definitely an up-and-coming area of the law."

“The firm works with a lot of restaurants and bakeries.  They really need protection for their brand to help them compete in the marketplace,” she says.

From her internship and other IP classes, Cassetta honed her skills and decided that she wanted to practice in the IP area.  “It’s definitely an up and coming area of the law,” she says.  

Her internship with Bay State IP, LLC, has evolved into a paid law clerk position.  “IP has given me a different perspective,” she says.  “It encompasses so many different practice areas and areas of the economy—small businesses, corporate law, sports, entertainment, inventions—it’s always interesting, and it keeps evolving.”

Serge Subach ’14 credits his professors and the school’s Summer Fellowship Program with his landing a job with the IP litigation group at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

Serge Subach '14 Serge Subach '14:  "Professor Singer's class was spot on in terms of preparing me for the experiences I had..."

“The Center for Business Law’s fellowship got my foot in the door,” he says, “and Professor Jordan Singer’s Patent Litigation class kept it there.”  Subach joined the IP Litigation group, which specializes in International Trade Commission patent infringement cases, as an associate in September.

“Professor Singer’s class was spot on, in terms of preparing me for the experiences I had during the fellowship at Mintz,” says Subach, who studied engineering as an undergraduate.  “Obviously, a patent litigation takes a very long time, but his class was like a concentrated simulation, so when I saw certain documents on the job, I knew what they were and what to do.”  

Subach was asked to stay on as an intern during his final year of law school, and in April, was extended an offer.

“I appreciate that New England Law is serious about the study of intellectual property law and offers an IP concentration,” he says. “I had a great experience here.”

Intellectual Property Law Opportunities at New England Law

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Intellectual Property Law Concentration, Associated Faculty

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