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.
“When 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.
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.
Courses* and Concentration
IP & Entrepreneurship
AI & Robot Law
Legal Tech Skills
Advanced Programming for Lawyers
Some students choose to complement their law studies with IP and business by doing one of these programs:
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.
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
“Miami 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)
Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)
NASA Office of the General Counsel (Washington, DC)
NBC Sports Group (Stamford, CT)
NBC Universal Global Networks International
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)
University of Miami, Office of Privacy and Data Security
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Music Group Latin America
IP in Miami Law News
"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
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
*Lists courses currently or recently offered in this area, but this list is not exhaustive nor does it set out a path of study.