Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property in Miami? Join the Influx of Innovation.

Did you know in 2020 The Kauffman Index recently named Miami the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S. with the country's highest startup density - 247.6 startups per 100,000 people? In addition, in May 2018 The Kauffman Foundation named Miami as the #1 city for small business growth when it released its 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). In 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. It's no wonder we were ranked a Top Law School of Intellectual Property in Pre-Law magazine Spring 2020 edition. Our graduates are prepared to thrive in an atmosphere with increasingly frequent changes to business models and technological possibilities. 

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 
Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Spotify 
New York, NY

Clinics and Experiential Learning

Larry 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.

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Practicum: Students work for CCRI in one or more of three teams: Legislative and Tech Policy, Communications, and Fundraising. The projects potentially include: legislative drafting at both the state and federal level; legal research, amicus briefs and testimony on relevant legislation and significant cases; collaboration with tech industry leaders on anti-harassment policies; community outreach, victim support, and training programs for law enforcement and educational institutions; and fundraising efforts.

Extracurricular Opportunities

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.

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Courses* and Concentration

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

IP & Entrepreneurship 

Advanced Trademark 
Copyright Law
Copyright & Trademark Litigation
Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers
Intellectual Property – Drafting
Intellectual Property – Law and Policy
Intellectual Property Transactions & Negotiations 
International Intellectual Property
Internet Software & Intellectual Property
Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Innovation
Patent Law
Patent Litigation 
Patent Prosecution
Startup Law & Entrepreneurship
Topics in Advanced Copyright Law
Trademark Law 


AI & Robot Law 
Bioethics Mediation
Blockchain Technology and Business Strategies
Cyber Security Policy & Regulations 
Digital Currency & Blockchain Regulation 
Energy Law
Law, Policy, and Technology
Media & Entertainment Law in the Digital Age 
Media Law
Privacy Seminar
Social Media & the Law
Topics in Tech Law Seminar 
Trade Secrets 
Video Game Law 
Vimeo, Twitter, & YouTube: Online Liability & Net Neutrality (FKA Social Media & Online Liability) 


Legal Tech Skills 

Advanced Programming for Lawyers  
Big Data for Lawyers 
Corporate Skills for New Lawyers  
Database Management Systems for Lawyers
Data Security and Incident Response 
Electronic Discovery 
Financial Accounting for Lawyers 
Introduction to the Deal
Introduction to Programming for Lawyers
Law Firm Management 
Transactional Lawyering: Negotiating & Drafting Contracts 

Joint Degrees

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

J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries

J.D./LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law

Faculty Experts

Professor 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.

Professor Michael Froomkin is the founder of the WeRobot Conference and 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 John M. Newman is an expert in antitrust, intellectual property and big tech.

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


The John Cyril Malloy Intellectual Property Law Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Conferences and Events

We Robot Conference: Students participate in this bi-annual conference, founded at Miami Law, which focuses on legal policy issues relating to robotics.
Global Entertainment and Sports Law Industry Conference
#MiamiTech Movement and the Law

Sampling of Past Internships/Externships

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 

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Trademark & Copyright Department (Pennington, NJ)
EBay (San Jose, CA)
Glint, Inc. (Silicon Valley, CA)
MasTec Inc.
Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)
NASA Office of the General Counsel (Washington, DC)
NBC Sports Group (Stamford, CT)
NBC Universal Global Networks International
NBC Universal/Telemundo
NextEra Energy
Recording Industry Association of America (Washington, DC)
Roc Nation Sports (New York, NY)
Sony Music (New York, NY) 
Spotify (New York, NY)
The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Washington, DC)
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

IP in Miami Law News

Luiz Miranda (Center)

"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 

Microsoft/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
Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Client and Law Student Launches International Nonprofit
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

Job Fairs

Patent Law Job Fair
Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF)

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*Lists courses currently or recently offered in this area, but this list is not exhaustive nor does it set out a path of study.