Intellectual Property (IP) is Hot Property

Intellectual property (IP) is the term used to describe ownership of the human mind's creations.

Examples of intellectual property include inventions and other "industrial property," creative works, trademarks, service marks, trade symbols and certain merchandising methods.

The principle fields of law governing intellectual property are patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, cyber law, unfair competition and the right of publicity.

Getting Started in IP

Students planning a career in IP law may have different backgrounds.

Patent law generally requires an undergraduate degree in science; chemical, mechanical, electrical or polymer engineering; or computer science. Other areas of IP law do not require a technical background.

Going Further in IP

Akron is one of only a few IP programs in the United States to offer an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. It's curriculum, also offered to J.D. students was recently tied for fifth in the nation (IDEA - The Intellectual Property Law Review, 2005). Recent law school graduates and experienced IP attorneys can obtain advanced training leading to the IP LL.M. Just like the J.D. program, LL.M. students can attend full-time or part-time. LL.M. students bring a practical perspective to law school classes while learning cutting-edge material from our internationally known IP Center.

Your IP Career Takes Off Here

Discover The University of Akron School of Law. Join Akron's IP program to prepare yourself for a successful IP career or Akron's LL.M. program to expand your knowledge and opportunities.

In close proximity to the industries that define IP, and across the street from the National Inventors Hall of Fame, The University of Akron School of Law gives students more than a great legal education. Through daily interactions with people who shape the law and easy access to the inventors, scientists and researchers who shape technology, Akron law students have a tremendous opportunity to make lifelong, career-building relationships with the creative geniuses behind the technology.

Additionally, IP law students at The University of Akron School of Law are part of a larger University community that includes a world-renowned polymer science program, an award-winning engineering program and many other IP-related centers of excellence.