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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.

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Intellectual Property

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

Recent Student Stories

Jared Brandyberry '11. Jared Brandyberry decided to attend law school during his senior year at UC, when he became interested in intellectual property. "Patent law interested me because it mixed my technical background with the law and allowed me to work with entrepreneurs and innovators developing new inventions," the 2011 College of Law graduate said. (Read More)

Amanda Penick '09.Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz couldn't have said it better. There's no place like home. And for Amanda Penick, Class of 2009, the true meaning of these words became evident when she moved back home to Cincinnati to begin her three year law school journey. After graduating with a degree in English from Hanover University in 2006 and spending time interning in Philadelphia with entertainment attorneys during her junior year, Penick discovered a love of intellectual property (IP) law and made a decision to come to UC Law. . . Her responsibilities run the gamut to include serving as the co-chair of the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) for the past two years and working as an Articles Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Seeing membership in the IPLS boom over the past year has energized Penick and her colleagues. . . . Penick spent her first summer working at the E.W. Scripps Company in Cincinnati where she continues to work part-time and this past summer she worked for Baker and McKenzie in New York. She has parlayed her work and experience into a position with Baker and McKenzie upon graduation. (Read More)

UC Alumni Careers

Some places our graduates have worked include:

  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Wood Herron & Evans, LLP

Cindy Bott ’99. A passion for science and the law took Cindy Bott around the world—from London to Cincinnati to Ann Arbor working for some of the world’s largest corporations. . . . She worked at Wood, Heron, and Evans her first summer doing intellectual property work with a focus on patents. During her second summer, she joined the pharmaceutical department at Procter & Gamble. Following graduation . . . she returned to Procter & Gamble, working as a patent attorney. This allowed her to combine her chemistry and molecular biology background with the legal skill she had obtained at UC Law. Since then she has worked for Pfizer, Inc., the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical corporation and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, a law firm specializing in intellectual property. She recently made a move to the law firm of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn. (Read More)

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