Campbell Law School

Certificate in Patent Law


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The Certificate in Patent Law provides members of the professional community a platform to gain in-depth understanding of intellectual property, patent law, and patent drafting. The certificate can be obtained in one academic year by taking one class in the fall and two in the spring.

The Certificate in Patent Law is perfect for:
* Professionals working in and alongside the intellectual property field
* Scientists
* Engineers
* Executives in technology-heavy industries
* Entrepreneurs
* Venture capitalists
* Practicing attorneys wanting to gain expertise in patent law

All participants will gain in-depth knowledge of patent law and the patent system. For those professionals who want to take the Patent bar exam, this course will help prepare for that exam. Inventors and entrepreneurs will benefit from being able to better draft their own patent applications.

The program curriculum is comprised of three courses totaling eight credit hours, and a one-day non-credit introductory workshop. Beginning with the fall semester, students will be required to take Intellectual Property. In the spring semester, students will study Patent Law and Patent Preparation & Prosecution to successfully complete the program. Complete class descriptions are below. The fall Intellectual Property course will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. The spring semester schedule will be determined soon.

Campbell Law Associate Professor Lucas Osborn will teach the Intellectual Property and Patent Law courses, while an experienced adjunct professor will lead the Patent Preparation & Prosecution course. Students pursuing the certificate will take the exact same classes as traditional Campbell Law students.

Students in the program will be evaluated (i.e. graded) separately from the traditional law students and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Students participating in the certificate program will be charged $1,000 per credit hour each semester for tuition ($3,000 in the fall and $5,000 in the spring).

Introduction to Intellectual Property (fall semester / 3 credits)
This course (a prerequisite to all other Intellectual Property courses) introduces students to United States intellectual property laws: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets. The course is designed to be easily accessible to students with no background in technology or intellectual property law.

Patent Law (spring semester / 3 credits)
Patent Law provides students a generous evaluation of substantive patent law, including patent eligibility, conditions for ownership, infringement, litigation, and remedies. The course also introduces the concepts of patent prosecution and licensing.

Patent Preparation & Prosecution (spring semester / 2 credits)
Patent Prosecution trains students in the practical procedure and related law involved in applying for, prosecuting, and maintaining a patent for an invention. The course prepares students to be ready to file and prosecute patents upon graduation, and will greatly assist students planning to take the patent bar examination.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I need an engineering or science degree to participate in the program?
A: No, there are no degree requirements for this program. Note that individuals wishing to take the Patent bar exam will need to meet the requirements set forth by the Patent office.

Q: Must I attend the classes in person?
A: Yes, in-class attendance is currently required, though classes are also recorded for later viewing. If a student misses one or two classes, he/she will review the recordings to catch up. Please note that there are minimum attendance requirements.

Q: May I only take one or two of the classes, but not all three?
A: Only students completing all three courses will be awarded a certificate. If you are interested in auditing an individual class, please contact Professor Osborn.

Q: What will the examination process be like for each class?
A: There will be only one exam, offered at the end of the semester. Because students in this program will not have the same background in law that full-time law students have, program students will graded on a separate scale from full-time students and will be graded pass/fail.

Q: I am currently a law student – may I obtain the certificate?  
A: At this time, this certificate is offered only to those who are not currently in law school. If you have already graduated from law school, however, you are eligible to apply to the program.  

Q: I still have additional questions – whom should I contact?
A: Questions about the application process should be directed to the Campbell Law Admissions Office. All other questions about the program should be directed to Professor Osborn.

Final approval of the certificate is pending in the University Curriculum Committee which is expected to endorse it this summer.