Intellectual property law and technology is a hot topic and lawyers needs to keep pace with the rapid change as the law develops in these areas. Coordinated through IP Osgoode, this unique program gives students an academic base through lectures on a broad range of topics as well as practical experience gained in an 11-week externship in a workplace setting.
The opening two weeks of classes are dedicated to lectures from prominent members of the IP community. These lectures cover a range of topics aimed at teaching students fundamental aspects of substantive and procedural law applied in the day-to-day practice of IP law.
Students then depart for an 11-week placement with a member of the judiciary, government agency, industry, public interest group or other organization that is heavily involved with IP matters (such as high-technology or pharmaceutical matters). The placement, together with weekly discussions and seminars, a major research paper, blogging exercises, and a seminar presentation, provides students with a comprehensive examination of important practical aspects of intellectual property law and technology.
This 15-credit program is run annually in the fall term and is designed for students in their final year of study. Students receive two separate letter grades, one grade for their major research paper (3 credits) and a grade for their seminar participation and presentation (3 credits). A reflective journal and performance at the internship are assessed on a credit/no credit basis (9 credits). A written evaluation of each student’s overall performance in the program will be attached as part of the student’s transcript.
Students must have taken at least two of the following courses before they are permitted to enroll in the program: Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, Copyright Law or Trademark Law.