Intellectual Property Law

Study at the New Hub of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Did you know in 2020 The Kauffman Index named Miami the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S. with the country's highest startup density? Miami Law students benefit from this innovative atmosphere that is full of possibilities with a curriculum that provides you with an array of intellectual property courses at the intersection of law, business, and technology.

Miami Law is one of only a handful of schools offering a Startup Clinic and courses covering topics such as big data, cyber security, cryptocurrency, legal informatics, programming, and much more. Our program will prepare you for your future career by providing you with the knowledge and skills you can use to thrive in an adaptive and energetic environment.

Some Facts about Miami and Miami Law

Luiz Miranda"I wanted to explore the passion that I had long had with the law, but with an eye toward combining it with my love of technology. I know I made the right decision coming to Miami Law. The experience and the opportunities have factored hugely in what I have become and where I am heading. It is more than I could have ever hoped.” (in Big Law IP Future for 3L Luiz Miranda in The Windy City)

Luiz Miranda, J.D./LL.M. International Law ‘17
Intellectual Property Litigation Associate at Mayer Brown
Chicago, IL

Courses*

  • Advanced Trademark
  • Art Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Copyright and Trademark Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Cultural Property and Antiquities
  • Trafficking
  • Cyber Security Policy and Regulations
  • Entertainment and Media Law in the
  • Digital Age
  • Fashion Law
  • Intellectual Property for Business
  • Lawyers
  • Intellectual Property Transactions and Negotiations
  • International Cultural Heritage Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Large Scale Litigation
  • Media Distribution
  • Media Law
  • Music Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Preparing the Corporate Client for Litigation
  • Representing a Professional Sports Franchise
  • Representing the Pre-Professional Athlete
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Sneaker Law
  • The Business of Sports: The View from the Front Office
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark Law
  • Trademark Management and Business
  • Strategy
  • Vimeo, Twitter, and YouTube: Online Liability and Net Neutrality

*Course list is not exhaustive and does not set out a path of study.

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Concentration in The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology (BILT)
Concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Clinics and Practicums

Startup Clinic - Certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Practicum

Dexter WhitleyMiami Law offered a variety of programs that appealed to me when I was deciding between Law schools. The great Miami weather also didn’t hurt during the decision-making process.  Professor Sawicki is a master of IP law, generally, and Patent law specifically. I apply the topics that he taught in his Patent Law course on an almost daily basis in my current career as a Patent Litigator.

Dexter Whitley, J.D. '17
Associate at Fish & Richardson, P.C., Atlanta, GA

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board
  • Business Law Society
  • Entertainment and Sports Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • Technology Law Club
  • Trial Team

Horacio GutierrezWhen you get any consumer electronics product in your home, you pull it out, unwrap it, and plug it into the wall and start using it. You can feel it, see it, touch it. What you don’t see is the intricate web of intellectual property licensing arrangements that preceded the purchase of the device by you and existed among dozens of Asian, European and U.S. companies.” 

Horacio Gutierrez, J.D. ‘98
Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company
Burbank, CA

Externships and Internships**

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Trademark & Copyright Department (Pennington, NJ)
  • eBay (San Jose, CA)
  • Glint, Inc. (Silicon Valley, CA)
  • LegalArt
  • MasTec
  • Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)
  • NASA Office of the General Counsel (Washington, DC)
  • NBC Sports Group (Stamford, CT)
  • NBCUniversal Global Networks International
  • NBCUniversal/Telemundo
  • NextEra Energy
  • Rording Industry Association of America (Washington, DC)
  • Roc Nation Sports (New York, NY)
  • Sirius XM (New York, NY)
  • Sony Music (New York, NY)
  • Spotify (New York, NY)
  • Unified Patents
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Washington, DC)
  • Universal Music
  • University of Miami, Office of Privacy and Data Security
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
  • Warner Music Group Latin America

**List is not exhaustive and is intended to provide examples of past externships and internships.

Faculty Experts

  • Daniel Barsky is co-director of the Startup Clinic and an expert in intellectual property.
  • Michele DeStefano is the founder of LawWithoutWalls and teaches a course on law, technology, and innovation, and her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.
  • Mary Anne Franks has criminal law expertise in cyberstalking and live streaming violence.
  • Michael Froomkin is the founder of the We Robot Conference and is an expert in many areas including: internet governance, electronic commerce, and the area of drone law.
  • Lili Levi teaches copyright law and international copyright law, defamation and privacy law; and prior thereto, was Broadcast Counsel at CBS, Inc. Her scholarship focuses on media and communications law.
  • John M. Newman is an expert in antitrust, intellectual property and big tech.

Miami is a really exciting area for startups and entrepreneurship more generally. It doesn't have the profile of Silicon Valley, but that's one of the things that makes it so interesting."

Andres Sawicki
Professor of Law and Director, Concentration in The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology (BILT)

  • Andres Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property.
  • Stephen Urice is a a preeminent legal authority in art and museum law. He is a co-author of the standard art law casebook Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts. He has served as counsel and acting director of the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles and served as director of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. He is the Director for the Arts Law track in Miami Law's LL.M. program.
  • Jaime Vining is Co-Director of the Startup Clinic and teaches Trademark and Advanced Trademark Law, and has been named a “rising Star” by Florida’s Super Lawyer Magazine since 2009.

Conferences, Lectures, Centers

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