IP Certificate Program at UC Davis


The certificate program was initiated as part of the law school’s effort to provide students with broad and deep exposure to intellectual property law and help prepare students for practice in the area.  The certificate is awarded upon completion of at least 15 units of intellectual property or technology related courses, including Foundation Courses (designated combinations of Intellectual Property Survey, Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition and Copyright) and a substantial research paper on an intellectual property or technology related topic.

Minimum Intellectual Property Related Credits.

Students must take at least 15 units of Intellectual Property or technology related courses, selecting from a list approved by the Educational Policy Committee. Currently approved courses are:

  • Antitrust
  • Bioethics
  • Chinese Intellectual Property
  • Globalization and the Law
  • IP Drafting for Biotech and Pharma
  • Intellectual Property in Historical Context
  • Law of E-Commerce
  • Right of Publicity
  • Theory and History of Intellectual Property
  • Art Law
  • Brands and Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Innovation and Technology Transfer
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Externship
  • International Intellectual Property and Development
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark

Foundation Courses

Students must satisfy either Option A or Option B:

Option A: Take the Intellectual Property Survey course plus at least 1 of the following 3 courses:

  • Patent Law
  • Trademark
  • Copyright

Option B: Take 2 of the following courses:

  • Patent Law
  • Trademark
  • Copyright

Independent or Group Study and Externships

Students may satisfy up to 4 units of the 15 units through independent study, group study, and/or an externship related to IP.  Any group study (Law 498) must be approved by at least one intellectual property professor, and a paper written for group study will not satisfy the writing requirement unless a supervising faculty member accepts it as an independent writing project.

Writing Requirement

Students must write a writing-requirement-quality paper, approved by an IP Professor, on an IP related law topic through a seminar, an independent study, or law review.  The paper should develop and defend a thesis and demonstrate original thought and analysis.  Students writing papers independent of a seminar should consult early with faculty on paper topics and must submit a proposed topic to the supervising faculty member by May 15 of their second year of law school and submit a draft of the paper by December 31 of their third year.

Minimum IP-related GPA

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above in graded certificate classes.