Career Pathways: Intellectual Property Law

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Intellectual property involves the protection, use, licensing, and sale of intangible creations of an individual’s mind.  Types of intellectual property that are protected include patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress and service marks, moral rights, trade secrets, and the right to be protected from unfair competition.  These rights protect inventors, music composers, performers, artists, designers, authors and other writers, licensees and users of intellectual property, and businesses as well.  Intellectual property rights cover a very broad category of items.  Anything that can be created in the mind, whether it has or is given physical form, can be protected by, and licensed and used as, intellectual property.

Intellectual property is primarily a transactional practice area.  Practice before the Patent Office (patent registration and related issues, called “patent prosecution”) requires an undergraduate science or engineering background and a separate bar examination.  Because much intellectual property practice is similar to and is connected with practice in corporate, other intangible, and tangible personal property, business law coursework and experience is very helpful.  Intellectual property litigation involves a combination of intellectual property law and civil litigation knowledge and experience.

For more information about intellectual property law, see the Legal Information Institute’s Wex encyclopedia’s “intellectual property” page, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law, and the Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Conduct patent registrations.

  • Supervise and consult on copyright and patent registration at various levels of the registration and patent prosecution process.

  • Serve as administrative law judge as part of the patent registration and prosecution process.

  • Litigate cases (as part of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division) involving intellectual-property issues.

State Agencies
  • Manage protection and licensing of Florida state intellectual property.

  • Manage licensing and use of intellectual property by the state of Florida.

Local Government
  • Manage protection and licensing of municipal intellectual property.

  • Manage licensing and use of intellectual property by the municipality.

Private Law Firms
  • Negotiate and manage protection, licensing and use of intellectual property as in-house counsel for intellectual-property companies.

  • Advise clients on the protection, licensing and use of intellectual property, and negotiate on their behalf with other intellectual-property interest-holders.

  • Prosecute patent registrations.

  • Investigate, negotiate, and litigate intellectual-property-infringement cases.

Student Organizations

Other Activities


  • Obtain an internship with an attorney or firm who practices intellectual property law.
  • Periodically check the Symplicity Job Board for opportunities in this area of law.

Intellectual Property Curriculum Guide


Faculty Members Include: Jon Garon, Joseph Grohman, Jim Levy, Jim Wilets


Core Offerings

Advanced Offerings

Related Offerings

Copyright Law (3 Credits) LAW 0817

Art Law Seminar  (2 Credits) LAW 0643

Business Operations for Lawyers  (3 Credits) LAW 0093

Intellectual Property Law (3 Credits) LAW 0510

Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Licenses (2 Credits) LAW 0600

Social Media and the Law (2 Credits) LAW 0090

Patents (2 Credits) LAW 0815

Entertainment Law (2 Credits) LAW 1048

Strategic Business Planning for Lawyers (3 Credits) LAW 0094

Trademark Law and Unfair Competition (3 Credits) LAW 0696

Information Privacy Law (3 Credits) LAW 0091



International Intellectual Property Law (3 Credits) LAW 0705



Internet Law (3 Credits) LAW 0449 and LAW 0500



Law Practice Business and Technology (2 Credits) LAW 0092



Patent Prosecution Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0819



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