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 three 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 two Certificates in Patent Prosecution – one at our classroom building in downtown Chicago, and one online. Any of 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 in one of our Certificates, to become part of this sought-after group of technical and legal professionals.

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Patent agent ranked #4 on CNN Money's "Best Jobs in America"

Author: Jayme Russell

CNN Money recently compiled a list of “Best Jobs in America,” using data based on worker experience, pay scale, and job growth potential. The role of patent agent rated number four on the top of the list of one hundred jobs.

Patent agents have a background in science and engineering and work with inventors, researchers, and attorneys to evaluate inventions, draft patent applications, and respond to actions taken by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).…

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Notre Dame team wins top honors in 2014 Cardinal Challenge

Author: Notre Dame News


NanDio, a team of students from the University of Notre Dame, took first place in the 2014 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge held Feb. 14-15 by the University of Louisville College of Business.

The team was honored for its business plan to commercialize an oral cancer detection device for dentists. All teams were judged on their written plan, the poise and professionalism of their presentation and the viability of their venture.

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Tue Mar 3, 2015

Purdue University Visit


Karen will be at Purdue on March 3rd, talking to students about careers in patent law.…

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Sat Mar 7, 2015

Spring break

Location: Washington DC

MS in Patent Law students will head to Washington DC for spring break…

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