J.D. Program

Intellectual Property Law

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Intellectual property is one of the most challenging and high-profile areas of the law. Our IP

USnews IP Program Ranked #10, 2015 Edition

Law program, which US News & World Report consistently ranks among the Top 10 programs in the nation, focuses on three core areas in patent, copyright and trademark law, and is taught by an internationally known faculty of IP scholars. Because of BU Law's strong relationships with the legal community and the high-tech industry in Greater Boston, you will have access to IP attorneys who are among the top practitioners in their field. At BU Law, you will have opportunities to:

The Intellectual Property concentration, which encompasses patent, copyright and trademark law, capitalizes on the School's strengths in intellectual property and the market demand for IP specialists. You may earn a concentration in intellectual property by completing seven IP-related courses, including three from the "core" IP curriculum and four from a set of electives that complement that curriculum.

Intellectual Property and Law & Technology Courses
Art Law   International Trade Regulation
Copyright Law*   Licensing Law and Practice Workshop
Counseling the Start-up Entrepreneur   Patent Law*
Entertainment Law   Patent Prosecution
• Externship with related placement   Privacy
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law   Representing LIfe Sciences Companies
Harms and Benefits   Structuring Intellectual Property Ownership
Intellectual Property*   Taxation of Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property & the Internet   Trade Secrets & Restrictive Covenants
Intellectual Property Law Research   Trademark Law & Unfair Competition*
International Intellectual Property    

*core IP curriculum courses

Much of the excitement of intellectual property law derives from its pivotal role in the use and implementation of emerging technologies, and many of the legal questions these pose are without precedent or clarity. Our IP faculty have published landmark research that has influenced federal government policy and been cited in Supreme Court decisions. Two professors, Wendy Gordon and Keith Hylton, have been named Warren Distinguished Professors, the highest distinction bestowed upon senior faculty members who remain actively involved in research, scholarship, teaching, and the University’s civic life. Learn more about our IP faculty and their scholarly interests:

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Stacey Dogan
intellectual property law; trademark law; copyright law

Tamar Frankel
financial system regulation; fiduciary law; corporate governance; the Internet

Wendy Gordon
copyright; trademark; unfair competition;
legal theory; property theory; restitution;
torts; law & economics

Paul Gugliuzza
civil procedure, federal courts, intellectual property law
Hylton Meurer O'Rourke Outterson
Keith Hylton
law and economics; litigation theory; antitrust; labor and employment; corporate law
Michael Meurer intellectual property; law and economics; regulation; antitrust

Maureen O'Rourke
intellectual property law; commercial law

Kevin Outterson
global pharmaceutical markets; finance and organization of health care systems; antimicrobial resistance; poverty tourism & health disparities

Faculty Books on IP Topics



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Intellectual Property Speaker Series
As part of BU Law's comprehensive IP Program, the IP Speaker Series gives students and faculty the opportunity to interact with leading thinkers from around the world in an exciting workshop setting. For a list of upcoming speakers, visit the IP Speaker Series web page. Past speakers have included:
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Annett Kur, Max Planck Institute, Munich, on "From Minimum Standards to Maximum Rules" (requires Kerberos login)

Leah Grinvald, Suffolk University,on "Policing the Cease-and-Desist Letter" (requires Kerberos login)

Alumni Practicing in IP Law
Many graduates of BU Law pursue legal careers in the intellectual property field, including the following alumni:

  • IP Law Special Counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP: Andrew Baluch (’07)
  • Co-chair of IP Litigation at Choate Hall & Stewart: Michael Bunis (’94)
  • Licensing Director for BU Life Sciences/Tech Develop. Office: Elizabeth Carlson ('83)
  • Patent attorney at Polyera Corporation: Karen K. Chan ('02)
  • Business & Legal Affairs Manager at Shine America: Natalia Cianfaglione ('12)
  • General Counsel at Pandora: Delida Costin (’95)
  • Assoc. Dir., US Patent Counsel at Ferring Pharmaceuticals: Jesse Fecker (’08)
  • Deputy General Counsel at WGBH: Jay Fialkov ('81)
  • EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Viacom: Michael Fricklas (’84)
  • IP Attorney at Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger: Alex Garens (’12)
  • Senior Patent Counsel at Eleven Biotherapeutic: Lisa Geller ('01)
  • Vice President of Intellectual Property at Swarovski: Anne Gundelfinger ('85)
  • Internet Counsel at Fletcher Heald & Hildreth: Kathryn Kleiman ('93)
  • Vice President for Business & Legal Affairs at DC Comics: Jay Kogan ('86)
  • Intellectual Property Attorney & Director at PretiFlaherty: Denise C. Lane (’97)
  • Biotech Patent Attorney at Squire Sanders: Zak Mageed (’12)
  • Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Covidien: J.P. Mello (’07)
  • Principal Counsel for Walt Disney Interactive (Mobile): Aaron Melville ('01)
  • Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property at Osram Sylvania: Shaun Montana (’02)
  • Principal specializing in IP law at The Bostonian Law Group: Jerrold Neeff ('95)
  • Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs at ASCAP: Christine Pepe ('99)
  • VP of Patents and Licensing at Universal Display Corp.: Mauro Premutico ('90)
  • Partner in the Litigation and IP Groups of Davis & Gilbert:  Marc Rachman (’93)
  • Patent Examiner at US Patent & Trademark Office: Jocelyn Ram (’06)
  • National Executive Director of Directors Guild of America: Jay Roth ('71)

    Read the latest issue of BU Law's Intellectual Property Newsletter