Re-Invent Yourself.

Did you know that you can use your technical background in the practice of law? In fact, to be able to help others get patents for their ideas, you have to have a science or an engineering degree.

Notre Dame offers two ways for you to turn your technical degree into a legal career. The Master of Science in Patent Law is a one-academic-year on Notre Dame’s campus. We also offer an online Certificate in Patent Prosecution. These courses of study will teach you the information that you’ll need to pass the USPTO’s patent bar, and the skills that you’ll need to practice as a patent agent.

Check out our MSPL curriculum and our Certificate curriculum to discover what you’ll learn. Meet our faculty. Browse our blog for information about why patents are so important, to learn what’s going on in the program, and to meet our students. If you’re interested in learning more, click below to request more information; and we’ll contact you personally within a couple of days.

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. Join us at the MS in Patent Law, or our Certificate, to become part of this sought-after group of technical and legal professionals.

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