Gain a foundational understanding of Intellectual Property Law Basics with an innovative online certificate program offered through a partnership with Aspen Publishing, a global legal solutions provider. Learn from Suffolk University Law School’s renowned educators—experts in Intellectual Property law—who have distilled their years of research and expertise into a five-hour course that will provide students with a basic understanding of that area of intellectual property.

Suffolk Law is home to a top-ranked Intellectual Property law program including copyright, patent, trademarks, and trade secrets. Created by Suffolk Law Intellectual Property faculty members Leah Grinvald, Stephen M. McJohn, Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, and Loletta Darden our Intellectual Property Law Basics online certificate program presents an exciting opportunity for those involved with new technologies and products to gain a distinct career advantage.

Dealing with legal issues related to products of the mind that have commercial value, Intellectual Property law is a burgeoning field pertaining to a wide array of disciplines. This certificate program imparts essential knowledge and is ideal for business professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, para-professionals, practicing lawyers, academic administrators, and current law students looking to gain an advantage in a competitive job market.

Flexible & Customizable Learning Options

Available on-demand, our Intellectual Property Law Basics certificate program is perfect for working professionals in today’s busy world. Program participants can learn at their own pace as they watch engaging videos, answer questions on quizzes, and complete exercises to help consolidate their understanding of Intellectual Property law.

Completing all four modules will afford a distinct career advantage since a sound Intellectual Property strategy to protect intangibles assets such as ideas and brands will require an understanding of a combination of legal issues related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Enroll in the Intellectual Property Law Basics online certificate program to:

  • Learn from expert educators while enjoying the convenience of self-paced study—ideal for busy professionals—to gain a comprehensive overview of Intellectual Property law basics
  • Access the resources and expertise afforded by an acclaimed university—working in partnership with Aspen Publishing, a global legal solutions provider
  • Gain insights to leverage branding and technology, launch and protect a new company, negotiate contracts with Intellectual Property provisions, and more

IP Law Certificate Program Details

Have questions about our certificate program? Wondering about whether the Intellectual Property Law Basics Certificate is right for you? We've compiled some common questions about the Intellectual Property Law Basics Certificate program. If you have a question that is not included in the list, see our full IP Law FAQs to learn more.

Each of the four modules in the Intellectual Property Law Basics Certificate program (Copyright Law Basics, Patent Law Basics, Trade Secret Law Basics, and Trademark Law Basics) is $1,500 per module. The price for all four modules as a single package is $5,000.

No, the online Intellectual Property Law Basics Certificate program does not require a background in Intellectual Property. By the end of each module in the online Intellectual Property Law Basics Certificate program, participants will be armed with not only a basic understanding of that particular topic, but also a working knowledge of how to spot common issues in that area of IP in a variety of contexts and the ability to apply that knowledge in a variety of practical applications.

No, program participants may opt to focus on a specific area of interest—copyright, patent, trademarks, or trade secrets—by registering for a single module, or complete all four modules to earn a non-degree certificate.

While the entire certificate program can be completed in 20 hours, all modules in the online Intellectual Property Law Basics Certificate program are completely online, asynchronous, and available on demand allowing program participants to learn at their own pace as they watch engaging videos, answer “check your knowledge” questions, and quizzes, and complete exercises to help solidify their understanding of Intellectual Property Law.

Suffolk University Law School has been approved by Massachusetts to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

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