The Maryland Intellectual Property Student Association (MIPSA) encourages student interest in the intellectual property program and collaborates with faculty members and deans to help further the program's goals. Among its activities, MIPSA coordinates career events, sponsors lectures on current issues, and hosts social functions to help develop relations between current students and alumni. Objectives include developing, coordinating, and implementing events, developing employer contacts in the community that are related to intellectual property, and creating opportunities for students to learn about intellectual property practice.

MIPSA is open to all interested students and hosts speakers, social events, and networking opportunities in conjunction with the lecture series Fortnightly IP. Recent topics include ITC litigation, fair use, pharmaceutical patenting, branding, and copyright in the history of art.

Ten Things to Do Before You Graduate

  1. Attend annual field trip to Federal Circuit
  2. Enroll in IP clinic for at least a semester
  3. Sit in on a Giles Rich Inn of Court session
  4. Catch a JBTL sponsored symposium
  5. Hang out at a MIPSA alumni event or HH
  6. Attend the Fortnightly IP Lecture Series
  7. Participate in a MIPSA fundraising event
  8. Try-out for IP Moot Court Competitions
  9. Petition for a spot on the law review
  10. Search Simplicity for IP job opportunities

* Not an exhaustive list—just some ideas.

About the Intellectual Property Curriculum

The Intellectual Property Law Programat the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law encourages students to explore theory and practice through a comprehensive academic and clinical curriculum. Our faculty possesses wide and extensive expertise in important areas of the law ranging from biomedical devices, copyright in the recording industry, and software contracting to policy issues such as gene patenting, counterfeiting, and patent reform. Students gain familiarity with the economic, scientific, ethical, and social dimensions of these issues.

The Intellectual Property Concentration

Students can pursue a concentration in the curriculum by completing three (3) courses in any of the recognized subjects taught by our IP faculty. See the Intellectual Property Curriculum Page. A concentration can serve to demonstrate commitment to this specialized legal area.

Intellectual Property Clinical Program

For more than a decade, Maryland's Clinical Law Program has been ranked among the nation's top ten by U.S. News & World Report. Students learn by serving real-life clients and graduate with the skills needed to succeed in the modern legal environment. Established in response to growing demand in Maryland’s technology-rich business corridor, the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center (MIPLRC) was the first law school program of its kind in the United States situated in a technology incubator. Collaboration with the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), based in College Park, gives students the opportunity to provide assistance to a range of innovative clients in support of their technology ventures.

The State of Maryland was recently ranked 2nd nationally in Milken’s State Technology and Science Index, moving from 4th to out-pace California, trailing only Massachusetts (2008). The State of Maryland has invested more than $700 million in infrastructure (research parks, institutes, etc.), programs (Maryland Venture Fund, Biotechnology Investor Tax Credit, Nanobiotechnology) and directly to bioscience companies over the past 20 years.

Students in the intellectual property clinic work at the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) Technology Advancement Program’s incubator facilities in College Park. The proximity allows students to provide free legal assistance to emerging technology companies and explore legal, ethical and policy issues in high technology and intellectual property. By interacting continually with technology entrepreneurs and working in their midst, the students at the MIPLRC develop unique sensitivity to and expertise in dealing with the unique challenges their clients face and helping to convert these challenges into opportunities.

Journal of Business & Technology Law (JBTL)

Students have the opportunity to petition for one of the law school’s five journals, among them is the Journal of Business & Technology Law founded in 2005. With a focus on matters at the intersection of business and technology, the Journal publishes analytical articles by leading academics, judges, and practitioners. JBTL hosts an annual symposium focused on topics in intellectual property. Recently JBTL hosted symposiums on the future of genetic disease diagnosis and confronting the challenges of counterfeiting.

Moot Court, Writing Competitions, and Inns of Court

Students can apply to participate in the Saul Lefkowitz and Giles S. Rich Memorial moot court competitions in addition to numerous writing contest opportunities. Opportunities often arise towards the end of each Fall Semester. Also, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court is the nation’s first and preeminent intellectual property Inn primarily held at the Federal Circuit.

Learn more by joining the listserv at http://list.law.umaryland.edu/read/login/ and adding the “mipsa” forum to learn about upcoming events, moot court try-outs, and elections.


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