Prepare litigation for a trademark infringement case involving Monster Energy Drinks. Advise a start-up on licensing a mobile app. Learn how to design and build a legal computer application from a professor who runs a legal technology company.

It’s not enough anymore to just study patent law, copyright law and trade secrets—though Suffolk Law students do that too. But IP students at Suffolk Law also work on real projects, such as representing the owner of the website MonsterFishKeepers.com in a trademark infringement suit brought by Monster Beverage Corp. This case is one of many taken on by the Suffolk Law IP Clinic, where law students take on real cases for real clients (supervised by law school faculty).

After graduation you’ll join a vast network of Suffolk Law alum in Boston, where Suffolk Law graduates make up a majority of the practicing IP lawyers. A 2011 study found that more lawyers at Boston’s top 25 patent firms had graduated from Suffolk Law than from any other law school.

Opportunities within the IP Concentration

Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation

Suffolk Law’s new Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation is ranked in the ABA’s top 13 law schools for its commitment to teaching law practice technology, which the ABA describes as training students to use document automation, legal expert systems and other legal practice technology that lawyers use in the real world.

Journal of High Technology Law 

This online law journal explores high technology’s effects on nearly every area of law.

Study Abroad 

Suffolk Law typically offers several classes from the IP concentration curriculum during its three-week summer program at the University of Lund in Sweden, including international intellectual property, global Internet law and international business transactions. 

Internships

Suffolk Law students have interned with the Cyber Crime Division of the state Attorney General's Office, Cisco Corporation, BOSE Corporation and the state Division of Information Technology.

IP Conferences 

Suffolk Law’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies (ALS), in conjunction with the IP concentration, offers a series of academic conferences throughout the year featuring top IP practitioners, business leaders, and judges.

Intellectual Property Law Certificate

The Center for Advanced Legal Studies offers a certificate program for lawyers and other professionals to learn the basics of IP law. 

Masters in Global Technology (LLM)

The LLM program is designed for attorneys who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to meet the legal challenges of science, technology and communications in today’s evolving global economy. 

Podcasts

Podcasts from Suffolk Law faculty and prominent IP attorneys compiled by Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, co-director of the IP concentration. Topics range from IP cases in the headlines such as the Boston music download case, RIAA v. Tennenbaum, to practical advice from concentration professor Jessica Silbey on careers in IP law other than patent prosecution.