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Intellectual Property Law

Program Overview

This specialization gives students the opportunity to strengthen their analytical and problem-solving skills and deepen their understanding of the policies and principles that underlie intellectual property laws. The Intellectual Property Law specialization will broaden your knowledge of the social, economic, and technological considerations presented by emerging legal issues in this rapidly changing field.

Who is the Specialization for?

  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in intellectual property law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in intellectual property and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of intellectual property law for professional purposes.

Specialization Structure

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals located across Canada and abroad, students in this specialization have the option to complete their degree almost entirely by distance learning. There is only one course, “Introduction to Intellectual Property: Theoretical Frameworks”, that requires in-person attendance – all other courses in this specialization can be completed via video conferencing. Courses are structured as either weekly evening sessions or 3-5 day intensives. The Intellectual Property Law specialization is a cohort-based specialization where courses progressively build upon one another. New students are accepted into the specialization only once every three years. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work and a Research Paper.

Degree Requirements Overview

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term. For detailed degree requirements see Student Handbook.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Introduction to Intellectual Property: Theoretical Frameworks LAW 6750 Required 3.0 credits
Copyright Law LAW 6753P Core 6.0 credits
Patent Law LAW 6754P Core 6.0 credits
Trade-Mark Law LAW 6751 Core 3.0 credits
Independent Significant Research Paper LAWL 6848 Elective 3.0 credits
Intellectual Property Challenges in the Twenty-First Century LAW 6706 Elective 3.0 credits
Intellectual Property Law in a Business Context LAWB 6888 Elective 3.0 credits
Intellectual Property Litigation LAW 6907P Elective 3.0 credits
Intellectual Property Transactions LAW 6758 Elective 3.0 credits
International Aspects of Intellectual Property LAW 6757P Elective 3.0 credits
Major Research Paper: Intellectual Property Law LAW 6318P Elective 6.0 credits
Protection of Intangible Business Interests LAW 6752P Elective 3.0 credits
Remedies for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights LAW 6756P Elective 3.0 credits

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