Intellectual Property/IP Law

Intellectual PropertyIn May 2018 The Kauffman Foundation’ released its 2017 Index of Startup Activity, which measures new business creation, and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area ranked No. 1 among the 40 largest metro areas in the U.S. Students at Miami Law benefit from this innovative atmosphere by studying in one of a small number of schools that offers big data, cyber security, legal informatics, programming and a startup practicum along with a partnership with MiamiLex and its cyber security operations. The law school provides students with an array of IP courses to obtain a solid understanding of the intersection of law, business and innovation; Miami Law also supports students interested in IP with a Concentration in The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology (BILT) and an endowed intellectual property scholarshipIn addition, studying in South Florida, an emerging center for startups and innovation fueled by an influx of international ideas, offers an array of hands-on opportunities. 

Experiential Learning

Startup Law Practicum Professor and studentsLarry Hoffman|Greenberg Traurig Startup Practicum: Students in the Startup Practicum help clients with organizing, financing, talent, intellectual property, risk, regulation and other legal issues that arise for entrepreneurs as they launch their new businesses and organizations.

Law Without Walls:  LawWithoutWalls is a collaborative academic model led by Professor Michele DeStefano. It brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice.

Intellectual Property Law Society: Like-minded students participate in this organization which focuses on this exciting and rapidly growing field and helps students explore the career possibilities and issues facing IP Lawyers today through meetings and Sponsored Panels.

We Robot Conference: Students participate in this bi-annual conference, founded at Miami Law, which focuses on legal policy issues relating to robotics.

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IP in Miami Law News

James ValenciaMicrosoft/Hispanic Bar Chooses 7th Miami Law Student as IP Law Institute Scholar 
Professor Andres Sawicki Selected as a Fellow by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law
Winning LWOW Team Joins International Incubator
Big Law IP Future for 3L Luiz Miranda in The Windy City
Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Client and Law Student Launches International Nonprofit
All in With Dan Ravicher, Director of New Startup Law Practicum
Client Receives $1M in Angel Funding - Miami Law's New Startup Practicum
Son and Daughter Honor Father’s Memory with Endowed Intellectual Property Scholarship at Miami Law
Miami Law Hosts Panel to Review the Patent Pilot Program in Florida
Microsoft's Horacio Gutiérrez Urges Miami Law Students to Fight for Human Rights; Gives Primer on Intellectual Property

Concentration and Joint Degrees

Some students choose to complement their law studies with IP and business by doing one of these programs:

Concentration in The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology (BILT)
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries

A cutting-edge LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
J.D./LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law

Specialized Triple Degree Programs for Undergraduate Business Majors J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. in Estate Planning, Tax or Real Estate/Property Development

Faculty Experts

Professor Michele DeStefano teaches a course on law, technology, and innovation, and her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.

Professor Michael Froomkin is an expert in many areas including: Trademark, Intellectual Property in the Digital Era, Internet Governance, Law & Games, Regulation of Digital Identity, Electronic Commerce, and.the area of Drone Law.

Professor Andres Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property.

Sample Courses and Seminars


Advanced Trademark
Copyright Law
Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures and Television
Internet Software & Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers
International Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property – Drafting
Intellectual Property – Law and Policy
Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Innovation
Patent Law
Topics in Advanced Copyright Law
Trademark Law

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