The MSL in Patent Law is particularly well suited for researchers and business managers as well as engineers, software developers, government contract officers, inventors and others with advanced technical degrees working at startups, established companies and technology transfer offices in universities and government agencies.
The specialization covers a range of topics needed to work successfully with patents or to prepare to become a registered patent agent, including how to identify what is patentable; evaluate licenses and negotiate terms; and develop effective corporate patent strategies.
After completing the MSL’s first semester of core courses, students will take an in-depth survey course in Patent and Intellectual Property Law during their second semester followed by seminars during their third semester on such topics as:
For their required capstone project, students may conduct a patentability search based on technology they are currently developing or evaluating for their employers and then prepare a patent application suitable for filing with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. The project will be conducted under the supervision of one of the patent consultants currently working with Maryland Carey Law’s Intellectual Property Law Clinic (who would protect the confidentiality and trade secret status of the project, if necessary).
Courses will be taught by Maryland Carey Law faculty as well as experienced practitioners in intellectual property law and technical fields.