Intellectual Property, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Law

Intellectual property law is increasingly important as the industries dependent on protection grow. At USF, you’ll learn the key components to protecting intellectual creation, discovery, and invention­—from copyrights to trademarks and patents.

Students and faculty talking to each otherThe McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law serves as the center of USF's intellectual property and technology program, which includes a distinguished faculty, internationally focused curriculum, innovative clinical offerings, as well as a vibrant student organization and nationally recognized student publication. You can earn the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Certificate offered under the auspices of the institute.

Through the in-house Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, students provide pro bono legal services related to a variety of intellectual property issues, including copyright and trademark questions, and gain hands-on experience in this critical and expanding area of the law. Through a new partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), clinic students now practice trademark law before the USPTO. USF is the only Bay Area accredited law school certified to participate in this innovative program.

Students who participate in the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project provide the legal expertise that many budding entrepreneurs need to launch their businesses successfully. This collaborative effort between USF's Investor Justice, Employment Law, Internet and Intellectual Property, and Mediation clinics creates an environment for students to gain experience with the vocabulary and skills needed to hit the ground running as transactional lawyers, while handling legal issues that are particularly important in the Bay Area.

Our externships offer upper-division students the opportunity to gain useful practical experience and make meaningful professional connections, while earning academic credit. At the center of one of the world's most dynamic cities, you'll have easy access to leading organizations and law firms.

Mary and I shared ideas and edited assignments as a team, and she gave me a lot of honest and genuine feedback. I also got a lot of practical knowledge and skills. Communicating with clients, opposing counsel, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office­ — these are really important skills whether I work for a firm or myself.

Rebecca McClain ’15, externed at Mary L. Shapiro Law, PC

Select Courses

  • Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Copyright Law
  • Data Privacy (hybrid course)
  • Information Privacy Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law



  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law


  • Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project
  • Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic

Representative Externships

  • AppDynamics, Inc.
  • Creative Industry Law Group
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Gagnier Margossian LLP
  • Novak, Druce, Connolly, Bove & Quigg LLP


  • McCarthy Institute for IP and Technology Law


  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal

Student Organization

  • Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association
  • Technology, Entrepreneur, and Startup Law Association