Intellectual Property

Pittsburgh IP Law Association

Duquesne maintains strong connections with the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Association so that students interested in IP law can take advantage of independent research and networking opportunities. Professor Jacob Rooksby, the concentration advisor, serves on the association's board. 


In Spring 2016, 3L students Dave Zimmermann, Ty Williams and Christian Angotti completed a research project for PIPLA and presented their work to 65 attorneys at a PIPLA meeting.


IP and the University Roundtable

Leading IP scholars from law schools, business, and public policy came together at Duquesne Law in 2015 to analyze the policy and legal implications of intellectual property ownership and disputes involving higher education.  

Please Note: This concentration is only an option for students enrolled prior to the Fall 2016 semester.

Intellectual property law is an important area for businesses in the 21st-century knowledge economy. From start-up companies built around a smartphone app, to university spin-offs commercializing a new product in the medical field, to Fortune 500 companies looking to protect every aspect of their business, the language, norms, and law of intellectual property have fast become integral to the lexicon of the modern business and legal worlds.

Duquesne University School of Law's curricular concentration in intellectual property (IP) allows students to immerse themselves in all facets of this dynamic area of the law, building competencies that will serve them in any number of work environments upon graduation, from practice in general business litigation firms, to IP specialty firms, solo practice, in-house positions, or work with federal agencies.

No technical background in the sciences is required to graduate with an IP concentration. Graduates without a technical background who pass one state bar are well suited to advise clients on and litigate matters related to copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and domain names, as well as represent clients in patent infringement litigation. Graduates with a technical background in the sciences may do all of the aforementioned activities, in addition to representing clients in filings to obtain patents (upon successful completion of one state bar and the Patent Bar).

Required Course

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property [3 credits]

Other Courses

Doctrinal Courses

Commercial Use of Intellectual Property [2] 
Copyright Law [3] 
Expert Evidence [3] 
Food Law and Policy [2, paper - with approval]
Independent Research [1 to 3 credits, paper - with approval]
Intellectual Property: Copyright and Trademark [2, not offered since 2012-2013]
Intellectual Property: Patent and Trade Secrets [2, not offered since 2012-2013]
Internet Law [2, not offered since 2012-2013]
Patent Drafting [3] 
Patent Law [3]
Patent Litigation [2] 
Social Media and the Law [1] 
Strategic International Transactions [3]
Technology Innovation Law [3] 
Trade Secret Law [2] 
Trademark and Unfair Competition Law [3]

Skills and Clinical Courses

Advanced Legal Writing: Drafting [2, starting Spring 2016; 3 credits, paper - with approval before Spring 2016] 
Patent Bar [2] 

International and Comparative Law Course

International Intellectual Property [2, not offered since 2012-2013]

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