Intellectual Property Pathway

Intellectual Property Law remains a vibrant and growing area of practice. The World Intellectual Property Organization estimates that companies relying on copyright protection accounted for at least five million U.S. jobs and 10% of U.S. economic activity in 2010. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, industries relying heavily on intellectual property account for more than 40 million U.S. jobs, $775 billion in sales, and 61% of U.S. exports. U.S. exports through the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach metropolitan area have grown rapidly over the past few years. Intellectual property law is relevant to business and global trade, and intersects with a number of other fields, including human rights, public health and global development.

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There are a number of courses devoted to subjects within the area of Intellectual Law as well courses to help you prepare to take the bar examination. Students who want to pursue legal practice in this area should consider the courses below. Other courses, besides those listed, are offered under the FIU College of Law curriculum.

Please view the Schedule of Classes to determine which courses will be offered during the current school year.

Foundation Courses related to this pathway include: Contracts and Introduction to International and Comparative Law.

Core Courses

Intellectual Property
LAW 6570 Intellectual Property (3-4). This is a survey course that introduces students to patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity and unfair competition law. The course is designed to give students entering a general business or civil litigation practice a thorough overview of the various intellectual property doctrines.

Computer and Internet Law
LAW 6233 Computer and Internet Law (2-3). This is a course on law in the Information Age. Topics may include patent and copyright protection for computer software, Internet copyright and trademark issues, privacy concerns, jurisdictional issues and computer crime.

Patent Law
LAW 6573 Patent Law (2-3). This course provides in-depth coverage of substantive trade secret law and patent law. In addition, it covers aspects of patent prosecution practice and procedure. Prerequisite: Intellectual Property Law.

Trademarks & Geographical Indications
LAW 6576 Trademarks & Geographical Indications. This course will introduce students to the law of trademarks and unfair competition. Trademark law aims to protect against consumer confusion and the appropriation of commercial goodwill. Trademarks can have tremendous value in a variety of industries, ranging from food and agriculture to fashion and entertainment. Students will learn about acquiring, prosecuting, and enforcing trademark rights in the business context. In addition the course will cover the theoretical underpinnings of trademark protection and evaluate current issues related to trademark law domestically and internationally. This includes a consideration of the relationship between trademarks and geographical indications. No technical background is required for this course. Intellectual Property Law is recommended but not required.
Advanced Electives

LAW 6550 Antitrust (2-3). The course is a study of judicial decisions construing and applying the federal antitrust laws (i.e., Sherman, Clayton, Robinson-Patman, and Federal Trade Commission Acts) to the control of the competitive process in the American economy.

Computer and Internet Law
LAW 6233 Computer and Internet Law (2-3). This is a course on law in the Information Age. Topics may include patent and copyright protection for computer software, Internet copyright and trademark issues, privacy concerns, jurisdictional issues and computer crime.

International Intellectual Property Law
LAW 6574 International Intellectual Property Law (2-3). This course provides students with an overview of intellectual property (IP) law in the global context, commencing with a survey of patent, copyright and trademarks. We will learn about the multilateral institutions that address IP issues, and study the leading multilateral IP treaties, including the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and other international agreements that facilitate the protection of IP interests in multiple countries. In addition to studying domestic and international mechanisms for the protection of IPRs, we will review current issues in International IP law and policy. No technical background is required for this course.

Entertainment Law
LAW 7588 Entertainment Law (3). This course will focus on the application of various legal doctrines to sports activities, and the various complex contractual issues facing attorneys representing clients in the entertainment industry. Representative topics include regulation of amateur athletics, public regulation of sports activities, legal relationships and structures in professional sports, legal issues involved in representation of professional athletes, and issues arising in the production, distribution and exploitation of theatrical film and television properties and in the music industry.

Seminar: Advanced Copyright
LAW 6936 Seminar: Advanced Copyright. This seminar will focus on cutting-edge issues of copyright law, especially as it affects and protects the entertainment, fashion, and book publishing industries. The seminar will begin with a theoretical exploration of copyright’s scope, limits, and history. After this introduction, topics covered will include copyright protection for clothing designs, copyright enforcement against Internet search engines and online video sites, and proposed legislation to alter and expand the remedies available to copyright holders, such as by criminalizing unauthorized streaming, making remedies relating to the blocking of Web sites easier to obtain, or empowering copyright holders to intervene against the provision of domain name resolution or financial payment processing services to Web sites containing unauthorized content. We will also consider the relationship between patent, trade secret, and copyright protection in the computer software industry. Each student will have the choice of writing a 25 page paper based on original research.

Seminar: Internet Law
Seminar: Human Rights & IP


Hannibal Travis, Associate Professor of Law

J. Janewa OseiTutu, Associate Professor of Law

Useful Resources

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Section of Intellectual Property Law – American Bar Association