The MS in Patent Law and the Certificate in Patent Prosecution are not accepting or considering applications.
America’s economy is increasingly focused on innovation-driven products, which are usually protected from theft by patents. Despite an exponential increase in new patent filings, the number of new patent agents and patent attorneys registering with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has remained steady over the past five years.
Notre Dame has offered two ways for to turn a technical degree into a legal career: the Master of Science in Patent Law and the online Certificate in Patent Prosecution. These courses of study teach the information needed to pass the USPTO’s patent bar, and the skills needed to practice as a patent agent.