Why do patents matter?
Patents ‘add the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.’ Patents make inventing profitable, while simultaneously protecting the public domain. The patent system is critical to both the success of individual businesses, and to industrial progress. Becoming a patent attorney opens a fascinating and rewarding career for you to nurture the strategic assets of a business, to protect and safeguard the rights of competitors and the public, to participate in and helping design the industrial policies of the nation, and even the world.
Why should you study patent law at Mitchell Hamline?
Revealing the connection between theory and practice
Patent law blends disparate and challenging concepts, such as property theory, law-and-economics, and linguistics, into a tightly organized, practical system that applies to ownership of the latest technologies. The best professionals know both the theory and the day-to-day details of practice—and how each shapes and drives the other. The Patent Law Program at Mitchell Hamline is built around faculty who are expert in both the theory and actual use of patent law in practice. The program has a decades-long history of successfully guiding students to a deep understanding of the concepts and connections, and setting its graduates on the path to becoming professional leaders.
The program has a special emphasis on helping to diversify the patent-law profession, in cooperation with national partners.
Preparing you to become a leader in the profession
Mitchell Hamline’s Patent Law Program is well-recognized with an extensive history of producing successful, leading graduates. It offers an extensive array of courses, directed first to theory, then increasingly to special topics and practice areas.
Our Patent Law Program has strong connections with law firms and corporations, providing educational enrichment, networking, and employment opportunities.
Mitchell Hamline’s flexible program allows you obtain your law degree no matter where you are in the world, and to fit your training around your work and life commitments.