Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law deals with the protection of inventions, artistic works, brands and many other intangible goods. It is generally divided into four main subject areas:

  • patents
  • copyright
  • trademarks
  • trade secrets

Intellectual property is an exciting and growing field, and attorneys who specialize in it work for a diversity of employers, such as large or boutique law firms, private companies, government entities and nonprofit organizations.

Intellectual property careers span litigation and transactional practices, and even attorneys in other fields often encounter related issues when counseling clients.

The Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration (PDF) recognizes the importance of providing high-performing students interested in pursuing a specialization in this area with a broad foundation while also enabling them to focus on the elective areas that most intrigue them, culminating in the completion of a substantial writing project of their choosing.

The Capstone requirement of the concentration allows students to choose from an array of courses to enhance their skills training. Alternatively, students can fulfill the requirement by completing an externship with one of the many intellectual property practices that the New York City and Long Island areas have to offer.