Traditional IP Degree Programs

Hybrid Programs with Live Interaction

Traditional IP Degree Programs

Hybrid Programs with Live Interaction

At Lincoln Law we offer three cost effective Hybrid Programs with Live Interaction

IP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

IP LLM

IP MLS

Program Length

ONE YEAR

ONE YEAR

TWO YEARS

# of Units

10 UNITS

20 UNITS

33 UNITS

Flexible Online Schedule

Pre-requisite Degree

NONE

JD

BACHELOR

Patent Focus Option?

Soft IP Focus Option?

Clinic Option for hands-on experience with clients and USPTO?

Capstone Thesis Option for publishing opportunities?

Self Study Component

Weekly Virtual Meetings with Professors

Within Each Focus, The Student Can Select One of Two Tracks: Clinical Experience OR Capstone Thesis

IP CLINIC

vs.

CAPSTONE THESIS

Every IP program at Lincoln Law has two options for the program’s capstone: a first focusing on clinical experience, and a second focusing on a thesis project.

IP CLINIC

CAPSTONE THESIS

The IP clinic experience track includes participation in the patent or trademark clinics at Lincoln Law School, where students are trained on patent and trademark services, and, in turn, provide services for free to clients that are accepted into the clinic. The clinic experience track allows for students to be mentored one‐on‐one with an active practitioner.

The Capstone Thesis track includes research and preparation of a research paper focusing on a subject associated with intellectual property. The Capstone Thesis track allows for students to be mentored one‐on‐one with faculty member and an opportunity of law journal publication.

Our most flexible program yet with no pre-requisite degrees. The IP Certificate program is a single year specializing in intellectual property. Students can choose to focus either on patents or soft IP (copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets) with IP Clinic or Capstone Thesis options.

An IP LLM is a one-year exploration of the nuances of IP law and it can prove to be a valuable investment for many lawyers. The program is designed for those with either domestic or foreign JD degrees and allows specialization in patents or soft IP and has options for hands-on IP Clinic experience or mentoring thru development of a Capstone Thesis.

For those already with a bachelors degree, the IP MLS program provides a one-year foundation of general legal education and a one-year specialization in IP law. Students choose between either a patent or soft IP focus and have options to participate in the IP Clinic or mentored in a Capstone Thesis project.

Patent Agent Certificate Program

A Patent Agent Certificate Program (“PACP”) is a single year specialization in intellectual property.
Students can choose to focus either on patents or trademarks. Within each focus, the student can select one of two tracks: one focusing on clinical experience, and a second focusing on a capstone project.

The PACP program requires 11 credits and one year to complete.

$10,000

IP Master of Law degree (IP LLM)

An IP Master of Law degree (IP LLM) is an exploration of the nuances of intellectual property law and it can prove to be a valuable investment for many lawyers. The Lincoln program has two tracks: one focusing on clinical experience, and a second focusing on a capstone project.

The IP LLM program requires 20 credits and one year to complete.

$15,000

Online Master of Legal Studies in Intellectual Property Law

An Online Master of Legal Studies in Intellectual Property Law (MLS IP) includes a foundation of legal principles (one year) and a specialization in intellectual property (one year). As part of the specialization, the student can select one of two tracks: one focusing on clinical experience, and a second focusing on a capstone project.

The IP LLM program requires 30 credits and two years to complete.

$20,000

COMING SOON – IP Fundamentals Program

The IP Fundamentals Program is a six-week focus on intellectual
property.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Strategy

Students will have an opportunity to interact with Professor Sessions during a weekly 1-hour teaching session.

The IP Fundamentals Program requires 2 credits and six weeks complete.

$2,500

OUR TWO FOCUS TRACKS

Every IP program at Lincoln Law has two options for the program’s Focus: a first focusing on patents, and a second focusing on soft IP (such as trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets).

Students who choose the Patent Track will learn how to draft and prosecute patents and will be prepared to take the Patent Bar Exam.

Students who choose the Soft IP Track will learn trademark prosecution, as well as become versed in copyrights and IP litigation.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

PATENTS

Patents protect people’s ideas relating to physical things – innovations and emergent technologies. The attorneys who practice patent law are required to have science and engineering degrees in order to give them the background they need to able to represent the products. Being able accurately and specifically describe the new technology is critical in the success of a patent attorney. 

TRADEMARKS

Trademarks protect names. Companies who have created a brand do not want other companies to use their name and confuse consumers. If someone tries to use a brand name without permission, Trademark Attorneys send “Cease and Desist” letters requiring them to stop. Trademark attorneys are not required to have a science or engineering background to practice intellectual property law as it relates to trademarks.

WHY IS THE IP CLINIC IMPORTANT?

Located in the heart of San Jose, the IP Clinic at Lincoln Law School of San Jose offers students direct hands-on experience with the local USPTO satellite office in completing pro-bono client work for both patent and trademarks. The IP Clinic is one of only a limited number of patent and trademark clinics nationally, and in fact, is the first in Silicon Valley. 

Students are prepared for the IP Clinic in a process similar to the USPTO training program through a series of comprehensive pre-requisites. Once in the IP Clinic, students will work under the direction and supervision of an attorney or licensed patent agent to file and prosecute patent and trademark applications. The IP Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work with professors, inventors, businesses, and other local entities. 

*Continuing students have the ability to work on their own projects of choice through the IP Clinic Mentoring program.

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