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Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property

Innovation drives economic development, and technology evolves at break-neck speeds. Intellectual property topics are, therefore, among the most interesting in the law. The broad subject of intellectual property law includes three predominantly federal doctrines – copyright, trademark, and patent – as well as a host of state law doctrines, including publicity rights and trade secrets.  These laws influence the worlds of artistic and literary creation, advertising and marketing, and scientific invention.

Students are strongly encouraged to take the foundational course, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, in the fall of their second year.  Building upon that foundation are the three doctrinal courses in American law:  Copyright Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, and Patent Law.

What courses a student will take depends on practice interest. Students may select from a track to prepare to work on copyright and tradmark cases.  Alternatively, students may select the patent track.  Students are not forced to take one track or the other. Students who think they may wish to “straddle” tracks can select courses from each. For example, while passage of the Patent Bar Exam is required for those who wish to prosecute patents before the Patent and Trademark Office, litigators practicing in federal court have the ability to try copyright, trademark, and patent cases.

Copyright and Trademark Track Selected Course Electives

  • Advertising Law
  • Computer and Internet Law
  • Copyright Law
  • First Amendment Seminar
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • Media Law
  • Sports Law
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

Patent Track Selected Course Electives

  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Office Practice and Procedures

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Student Organizations — sampling

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Intellectual Property

Timothy K. Armstrong
Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law

UC Alumni Careers

Some places our graduates have worked include:

  • Alston & Bird (Charlotte, NC)
  • Caterpillar Inc.(Peoria,, IL)
  • The Coca-Cola Company (Atlanta, GA)
  • Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN)
  • Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul, LLP (London, England)
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (Houston, TX)
  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP (NY, NY)
  • Hogan & Hartson (Washington, DC)
  • Nixon Peabody, LLP (Boston, MA)
  • Patent and Trademark Office
  • The Procter & Gamble Company (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Reed Elsevier Group (London, England)
  • Snell & Wilmer (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Wood Herron & Evans, LLP (Cincinnati, OH)