Intellectual Property Practice

If you decide to pursue Intellectual Property practice you will then have to decide which type of practice is best for you. “Intellectual property” is an umbrella term that encompasses primarily four bodies of law: trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark. As an intellectual property lawyer, your practice could fall in any of these areas and could focus on litigation, licensing, transactions, administrative practice, or counseling. You do not need to have a science or technical background for most areas of intellectual property practice, although you may need such credentials for some patent law positions.

In addition to the suggested courses below, Villanova Law also offers a more intensive Intellectual Property Concentration which allows students to show their breadth and depth of IP experience. The concentration includes course requirements in core IP areas including patent and copyright, requires additional coursework in other areas, such as trademark or trade secrets, and offers the freedom to take related classes such as sports law, entertainment law, and internet law.

General Courses

  • IP Prerequisite--everyone interested in intellectual property should take:
    •  Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Courses:
    • Copyright Law
    • International Intellectual Property
    • Patent Law
    • Patent Litigation
    • Patent Trial Practice
    • Trade Secret Law
    • Trademark Law
  • Law & Technology Courses:
    • Bioethics and the Law
    • Internet Law
    • Law of Drugs & Biologics
    • Law, Science and Advocacy
  • General Curriculum Courses of Interest:
    • Administrative Law
    • Advanced Legal Research
    • Advanced Torts
    • Antitrust
    • Computer Apps in Litigation
    • Constitutional Law
    • Damages
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Entertainment Law
    • International Business Transactions
    • International Trade and Investment Law
    • Interviewing/Counseling
    • Legal & Compliance Issues in Amateur Athletics
    • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
    • Sports Law: Advanced Practices, Skills and Documents
    • Sports Law: Introduction to the Business of Professional Sports



Practical Writing Courses

  • Administrative Practice
  • Advanced Trademark Issues/Drafting
  • Contract Drafting
  • Crime & Emerging Technology
  • Drafting Business Transactions
  • E-Business
  • In-House Counsel
  • Patent Persecution
  • Representing Closely Held Business Entities

Research Paper Courses

  • Advanced Intellectual Property




Clinics & Externships

  • Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Pennsylvania Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Judicial Externships in the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office