Degree Programs: Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law

The LLM Intellectual Property program provides up-to-date instruction in such areas as biotechnology law, internet and software law, and content licensing for the Web.

Program Highlights

Students delve deeply into the areas of patent, trademark, and copyright law; draft agreements and litigation documents; and learn negotiating tips and strategies. The curriculum includes both domestic and international IP law courses, and offers an unprecedented level of instruction in legal issues relating to the creative arts with courses in entertainment, sports, and art law.

The Intellectual Property Law Center promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship through a variety of academic and extracurricular programs. It sponsors and develops various activities for students in the local legal communityone of the most robust and sophisticated legal markets for IP law in the world. The IPLC also supports such events as the annual Intellectual Property Law Conference; a Distinguished Intellectual Property Law Speaker Series; periodic academic symposia on cutting-edge IP issues; IP Practitioner Lectures; an IP Mentorship Program; a sponsored IP section in the Law Library; and a Golden Gate Law Alumni/ae in IP Network/Listserv to keep JD and LLM graduates working in IP law apprised of IPLC events and opportunities.

Curriculum

To earn the LLM in Intellectual Property Law degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered during the day as well as during the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within three years of matriculation.LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.


Required Courses (9 units)

  • Intellectual Property Law Survey (3 units)
  • Internet and Software Law (3 units)

One of the following courses:
  • Copyright Law of the US (3 units)
  • Patent Law of the US (3 units)
  • Trademark Law of the US (3 units)


Elective Courses: (15 units)

  • Air, Space, and Telecommunications Law
  • Art and the Law
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Content Licensing
  • Copyright Law of the United States
  • Cyberlaw and Privacy
  • Directed Study
  • E-Commerce Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property Law LLM Seminar
  • Intellectual Property Litigation: Copyright and Trademark
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Patent Law
  • Law of Online Gaming: Litigation and Transactional Approaches
  • Negotiating and Drafting Contracts in the Entertainment Business
  • Patent Application Process from A to Z
  • Patent Law of the US
  • Patent Litigation
  • Principles of Valuation
  • Sports Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Thesis
  • Trademark Law of the United States