Lawyers who specialize in the booming field of intellectual property focus on the overlap of ingenuity and the law. Whether they’re protecting the work of an artist, medical researcher, or mechanical engineer, intellectual property (IP) lawyers are at the forefront of virtually every industry, making them in-demand legal professionals. IP lawyers also report being highly satisfied in their work.
There is an impressive array of career paths available to students who study intellectual property law, and New England Law students explore them all. Here you’ll learn about the many contexts in which an IP lawyer works, including dispute resolution, clearance searching, IP acquisition, litigation, planning, and transactional work.
Students also benefit from our comprehensive selection of intellectual property courses and on-the-ground IP field placements. They intern and go on to work at top IP law firms in Boston and across the country.
What Do Intellectual Property Lawyers Do?
Intellectual property law is a uniquely exciting legal specialty, in part, because it covers such a wide range of human endeavor. From recipes protected by trade secret laws to your favorite pop song to the latest technology, the purview of intellectual property is extremely broad. Accordingly, IP lawyers must be well-versed in both overarching intellectual property law and the specifics of their particular industry.
IP lawyers play a variety of critical roles related to the protection of intellectual property. In some capacities they act as advocates representing clients in court proceedings. They also serve as advisors, counseling clients about intellectual property matters. And they are integral to researching and preparing critical documents.
You can get an in-depth look at what intellectual property lawyers do here.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Students in our Intellectual Property Law certificate program must meet an experiential learning requirement. Some of the hands-on learning experiences available to them include:
Intellectual Property Law Courses
This certificate is awarded in conjunction with our JD degree. In addition to their foundational legal coursework, students pursuing a certificate in Intellectual Property Law can choose among many exciting elective classes to meet their credit requirements. These may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Copyright Law
- Current Issues in Intellectual Property
- Entertainment Law
- Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Law and the Visual Arts
- Patent Law
- Perspectives: Trade Secrets
- Sports Law
- Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Intellectual Property Law Alumni Profile
Serge Subach ’14
Now an associate in Mintz Levin’s intellectual property practice, Serge Subach ’14 credits his New England Law professors and the law school’s unique Summer Fellowship Program for helping him to land a job with the storied Boston law firm. “The fellowship got my foot in the door,” he says, “and Professor Jordan Singer’s Patent Litigation class kept it there.
“Professor Singer’s class was spot-on in preparing me for the experiences I had during the fellowship at Mintz,” Subach says. “Patent litigation takes a long time, but his class was like a concentrated simulation of one, 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 at Mintz Levin during his final year at New England Law. He then received a job offer after graduation, which he accepted. He is currently an IP litigator with a focus on International Trade Commission litigation, inter partes review (IPR) practice, and district court litigation, primarily in the high-tech and automotive fields.
Intellectual Property Law Faculty
When you graduate from New England Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law, you will:
- Be prepared to work in one or more areas of the IP legal profession, including transactional and litigation settings.
- Have hands-on experience related to your professional goals and interests.
- Understand the roles of the IP lawyer in various contexts, such as dispute resolution, clearance searching, IP acquisition, litigation, planning, and transactional work.
- Know your professional and ethical responsibilities to your clients and the IP system—and appreciate the power of the law and your ability to affect the lives and well-being of others.
- Have strong foundational lawyering skills, such as legal research and analysis, problem-solving, and communicating effectively.
Take the Next Step