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LLM in IP and Technology Law

USF’s LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law program provides a thorough exposure to American, international, and comparative intellectual property law. The program equips students with a strong grounding in legal theory and practical skills to pursue gainful employment in the intellectual property field in the U.S. and abroad.

The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the University of San Francisco serves as the center of its 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.

USF's faculty and students have been involved in the IP field for decades. Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, for whom the institute is named, has served on the faculty for 35 years. An intellectual property law pioneer, McCarthy is recognized as a pre-eminent expert in the field. 

More specifically, the McCarthy Institute is the premier trademark law institute in the world, and is devoted to advancing knowledge about trademark law around the globe. We have partnered with the heads of industry, government, legal practice, and the academy to bring forward a cutting-edge, annual symposium on trademark laws. Last year’s conference was held at Fox Entertainment in Los Angeles. We are delighted to have a special partnership with Russell Pangborn, Associate General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation as a valued partner. Microsoft has served as the primary partner and co-sponsor of each of our annual trademark symposia. This year’s annual symposium, “Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2014”, took place in London, England, in March.

Students in the program come from diverse backgrounds, including law and science, and many have years of experience in the science and technology fields. The program is open to those with first degrees in law or who have a similar degree or are qualified to practice law in a foreign country. Patent and trademark practitioners are especially encouraged to participate in the program.