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Master of Science in Patent Law Program Curriculum

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Patent Law is a one-year, full-time professional master's degree program. Students must complete a curriculum of required and elective coursework in order to complete their degree.

The curriculum below is proposed and may be subject to change.

 

Two-week Orientation in August

Introduction to American Law: In this introductory course students will learn the structure of the American legal system and the case study approach to American Law.

 

Fall Semester

Patent Law: This is a joint Masters/J.D. course. View course description.

Patent Prosecution I: This is a joint Masters/J.D. course. View course description.

Patent Portfolio Management: In this course students will learn how to view patents through the various lenses of business value, marketability, technical feasibility and competitive advantage. Students will learn best practices for patent portfolio management, strategy and analysis.

Writing, Analysis & Persuasion: In this course students will learn to apply analytical and persuasive writing techniques to their technical presentations.

Proseminar: Students will be introduced to topics and issues in the areas of patent and intellectual property law presented by patent and intellectual property law professionals.

Electives: See below.

 

Spring Semester

Patent Prosecution II: Students will be introduced to advanced patent prosecution concepts including international patent practice issues, business method patents, biotechnology patents, software patents, reexamination, reissue, patent validity and enforcement issues.

Patent Transactions: Students will examine management and monetization of intellectual assets such as brands, copyrighted materials, technology, and know-how. The class will cover a series of discrete topics, including intel property licensing, portfolio management, new media issues, intersection of IP and employment issues, transactions in cyberspace.

Capstone: Innovation: In this course students will select a technology of interest with the cooperation of their advisor. Using their knowledge of innovation, patent law, patent prosecution, patent research and strategy they will identify, articulate and present opportunities for innovation in their chosen technology.

Ethics for Patent Agents: In this course students will be introduced to the ethical issues, duties and responsibilities that can arise in the field of patent law particularly in the areas of inventorship, ownership, confidentiality, client conflict, statutory bar issues, attorney-client privilege and the blurred lines between patent prosecution and the practice of law.

Proseminar: Students will be introduced to topics and issues in the areas of patent and intellectual property law presented by patent and intellectual property law professionals.

Electives: See below.

 

Patent Bar Review Course

Included with tuition, all MSPL students will be automatically enrolled in an on-site patent bar review course by a leading course provider. This course, which will be offered following the conclusion of spring semester, will provide students with study and test taking strategies in preparation for the patent bar exam.

 

Electives

Students may choose from a wide array of legal and technical elective courses in order to complete their degree requirements and pursue coursework that advances their personal and professional objectives.

Electives are subject to approval of their advisor. Some electives may not be available and/or may conflict with required courses.

Legal Electives: The following is a sampling of J.D. courses in the field of intellectual property law.

Technical Electives: Students also may elect one or more technical electives from one of the University's science or engineering colleges, subject to approval of their academic advisor and permission from the unit offering the course.

Inaugural Year Scholarships Available!

$15,000 - $20,000 scholarships available toward the cost of tuition. For additional program and scholarship information send inquiries to patlaw@umn.edu.

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Master of Science in Patent Law Degree Requirements


In order to receive the Master of Science in Patent Law degree, a student must:

  • satisfactorily complete 24 credits of required program courses, including a capstone research and writing intensive course
  • satisfactorily complete 6-9 credits of advisor approved elective courses in law, business or technical courses
  • satisfactorily complete a total of 30 credits with an overall grade point average of 2.8 or better

Program Director
Chris Frank

Questions?
Please send inquiries to patlaw@umn.edu.