Online Certificate in Patent Prosecution


The MS in Patent Law and the Certificate in Patent Prosecution are not accepting or considering applications.


The Certificate in Patent Prosecution is a 12-credit curriculum, which is a subset of the classes from the MS in Patent Law. 

The Certificate is designed for working professionals who can’t relocate to Notre Dame for an academic year. Certificate students learn the basics of patent law, and the important skills that a patent agent will need to have: how to write a patent application, how to negotiate with the US Patent Office on behalf of an inventor, how to determine whether an invention is patentable, and the ethical obligations of a patent agent.

The online Certificate courses blend synchronous (live) interaction and asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures, to provide maximum flexibility and efficiency for our busy students.