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Andrew Beckerman-Rodau is a renowned member of Suffolk's Intellectual Property Law program

Created for professionals, by professionals

The Intellectual Property (IP) Law Certificate program is not just for attorneys. It’s designed for professionals who want a better understanding of IP law and may need to work with IP lawyers, venture capitalists and others in the intellectual property field, including:

  • Corporate non-IP attorneys
  • Non-IP attorneys in small to medium-size law firms
  • Business executives
  • Scientists, engineers, and other individuals who work with technology
  • Paralegals

Program Structure

The Certificate Program consists of several distinct components. To earn an IP Certificate, candidates must watch all programs. Upon completion, send an affidavit to cwagan@suffolk.edu and you will receive your certificate.

The IP Certificate is issued by the Intellectual Property Law Concentration upon completion of 25 hours of course time. This is a nondegree program. If you have any questions upon viewing any of the programs, you are encouraged to send an email to any of the Suffolk Law Faculty: Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Stephen McJohn, or Jessica Silbey.

Tuition: $3,000

Enrollment

 

Basic Modules

BASIC MODULES

Ideally each enrollee should take the basic modules, starting with the Intellectual Property Law Survey, before watching the advanced modules. Starting with the introductory Intellectual Property Law Survey module (3 hours) will provide you with an overview of trademark law, copyright law, patent law and trade secrets law. After completion of this module attendees must complete the following modules which can be taken in any order.

SURVEY
Provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and rationales for IP law
Provides an understanding of the basic legal vocabulary utilized in IP law
Provides an understanding of the specific branches of IP law: trademark law, copyright law, patent law and trade secrets law



TRADEMARK
What can be a trademark
Types of trademarks
What is a trademark search
How can trademark rights be protected under state law and federal law
How is a trademark registered under federal law
What are the advantages of registering a trademark under federal law
Protecting trademarks
Concurrent use
Trademark genericide
Trademark incontestability
Managing a trademark portfolio
Basics of trademark infringement
Basics of trademark dilution
Lanham Act section 43(a) actions
Trade dress
Domain names
Foreign rights



TRADE SECRETS
What can be protected by trade secrets law
Duration of protection
Uniform Trade Secrets Act
MA trade secrets law
Federal Economic Espionage Act
Trade secret misappropriation actions
Remedies for trade secret misappropriation
Reverse engineering
Independent development
Choosing between trade secrets protection and patent protection



PATENTS
America Invents Act of 2011
Patent-eligible subject matter
Types of patents
Duration of patents
Utility requirement
Disclosure requirements
Novelty requirement
Nonobviousness requirement
Parts of a patent
Foreign rights
Patentability and infringement opinions
Patent infringement
Remedies



COPYRIGHT
What can be protected by copyright law
Duration of copyright
Copyright clearance
Copyright registration
Who is an author
Works for hire doctrine
Rights granted by copyright law
Copyright infringement
Statutory damages
Foreign rights
Statutory exemptions from copyright protection
Fair use

Advanced Modules

ADVANCED MODULES

Each program attendee must watch the advanced modules. Current advanced modules are listed below.(Different or additional advanced modules may be offered in the future):

LICENSING
License v. License Agreement
What Can Be Licensed
License Qualifiers
Licenses in Transactions
Practice Tips
Ways to Claim Right to IP You Don't Own
Types of Licenses
Key License Provisions



DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Litigation issues
eDiscovery
Document holds
ADR
Patent reexamination
Settlement agreements
Defenses
Trial and appellate procedure in courts and admin agency FORA
Remedies and realization



ASSESSING AND VALUING AN IP PORTFOLIO
What is an IP due diligence review conduct
Types of IP due diligence review
What is involved in conducting a review?
How to prepare
Case study

Intellectual Property Conferences

After completion of the basic and advanced modules, Certificate enrollees attend or watch a full-day intellectual property conferences offered for attorneys.

Technology Start-ups: Balancing Legal and Business Issues

Other conferences to be listed on the website.

Faculty

ABOUT THE IP CERTIFICATE FACULTY

Survey
Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau
Suffolk University Law School, Co-Director of the IP Concentration

Licensing
Attorney Karen F. Copenhaver, Partner
Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP

Attorney David Rickerby, Partner
Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP

Trade Secrets
Attorney Heidi E. Harvey, of Counsel
Fish & Richardson, P.C.

Assessing and Valuing an IP Portfolio
Mary K. Murray, Esq., Principal
Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, PC

Elizabeth A. Levy
MIT Office of the General Counsel

Copyright
Professor Stephen M. McJohn
Suffolk University Law School

Patents
Attorney Mary K. Murray, PhD., Principal
Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds, PC

Dispute Resolution
Attorney Adam P. Samansky, Associate
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Professor Dwight Golann
Suffolk University Law School

Trademarks
Professor Jessica Silbey
Suffolk University Law School

Attorney John L. Welch, of Counsel
Lando & Anastasi, LLP

FAQs

IP Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

What will this program give me?
If you watch certain ALS courses--5 basic, 3 advanced and 1 full-day conferences, you will receive a certificate stating that you have completed the Intellectual Property Law curriculum. By watching these courses you will ensure that you have been exposed to an organized curriculum covering basic to intermediate-level intellectual property law.

Is a certificate different than an academic degree?
Yes. The certificate awarded for completion of this program is not equivalent to a law degree or any other type of academic degree.

Who will be teaching the courses?
Full time Suffolk University Law School faculty members and distinguished members of the intellectual property law bar.

Who is providing this program?
This program is being jointly offered by the Suffolk University Law School Intellectual Property Law Concentration.

What do I need to do?
Fulfill the requirements for watching the specified courses.

Do I need to sign up?
Yes.

Do I need to be a Massachusetts Bar member to sign up?
No

Is this program appropriate for non-attorneys?
Yes. This program is designed to provide a basic understanding of intellectual property law which is useful to businesspersons and others who work with or are exposed to intellectual property.

Do I need a technical background to attend?
No

Is the Certificate open to any students?
No

Can I transfer credits/units I received from another institution?
No, other CLE classes do not count toward the certificate

Are there time limits on completing the program?
No.

How much does the certificate program cost?
You must pay a one-time fee of $3,000 when you sign up for the certificate program. This fee is covers all program content.

Do I need to take the courses in any particular order?
It is recommended that you take the survey and then the basic courses before watching the advanced conferences.

Are there special requirements to complete the program?
You must watch the entire series and you are required to return an affidavit upon completion.

Do the ALS programs I took before I signed up for the Certificate "count" toward my program requirements?
No. The program courses are being planned with the new curriculum requirements in mind.

What about lawyer advertising?
Massachusetts does not have an approved "specialty certification" program for lawyers. Therefore, lawyers in this state may not advertise that they are "certified specialists" or "specialists" in a particular area of the law. By participating in this program, you are attending specified courses offered which are designed to provide an organized approach to the education necessary to practice intellectual property law at the basic to intermediate level. When you complete this program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for IP Concentration's Intellectual Property Law Program, which will be suitable for framing. You may advertise the fact that you have this Certificate of Completion, as long as your advertisement does not infer that you are a certified specialist. For any questions regarding lawyer advertising, contact the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

What will I get if I complete the requirements?
You will receive a certificate.

How do I register for the IP Certificate Program?
You can register on the website.

Are the materials electronic, or will I need to purchase specific textbooks?
All written materials will be available electronically.

Are there any scholarships and/or discounts for the IP certificate Program?
No