Intellectual Property Law jobs

This area provides information about Intellectual Property Law jobs including its definition, qualifications required and areas of specialization.

What is Intellectual property law?

Intellectual Property Law refers to laws for copyrights, trademarks, and patents. It is a growing area of law due to increased use of computers, computer software and the internet. Intellectual property implies there is a level of legal entitlement to an idea once it has been expressed. It gives the owner of the intellectual property exclusive rights of use.

What do intellectual property lawyers do?

Intellectual property lawyers counsel clients regarding intellectual property issues particularly with technology and life sciences clients. They protect the intellectual property rights of their clients, whether local, domestic or international in origin or impact. An example of piracy is the recent Napster case.

Identity theft, copyright or patent infringements and trademarks are areas of concern for intellectual property lawyers. Examples of intellectual property include artwork under contract, product designs, and computer programs.

What qualifications do intellectual property lawyers need?

Attention to detail and good research skills are essential for intellectual property lawyers. Computer fluency is critical. They need the ability to work under pressure. Personal qualities of perseverance, integrity, creativity, and the ability to earn the respect and confidence of clients, associates, and the public are essential.

An attorney needs proficiency in writing and speaking, reading, researching, analyzing, and thinking logically. A strong multidisciplinary program as an undergraduate is recommended: English, foreign languages, economics, history, government, philosophy, mathematics, public speaking and computer science. Good grades and an excellent LSAT score are essential. Formal education includes an undergraduate degree followed by three years of law school and passing a state bar examination.

What areas are included in intellectual property courses?

An intellectual property law student may need to search for sources of pertinent course material. Some courses include:

  • Databases and the law
  • Commercial intellectual property
  • Economic value of intellectual property
  • Social consequences of intellectual property laws
  • Scope of patents: life forms, algorithms, business models
  • Digital rights management
  • International law
  • What areas of specialization may intellectual property lawyers choose?

    As this field of civil law grows it creates new specializations. Some categories overlap with criminal law. Some areas of specialization include:

  • Commercial intellectual property
  • Individual intellectual property
  • Web Hosting / Development Agreements
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property
  • Research Collaborations
  • Copyright Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Identity Theft (criminal law)
  • Where do intellectual property lawyers work?

    The majority of IP lawyers are employed by corporations which need protection for their software, art, or computer issues. Government agencies or departments, universities and research institutions all have needs for IP attorneys. Most IP lawyers are employed by private firms that specialize in intellectual property law. Businesses and artists all need IP protection in this growing and controversial field.