Intellectual Property Law

As an intellectual property lawyer you will be able to develop legal expertise in intellectual property rights for the protection of inventions, products, trade marks, creative works and designs.

What do intellectual property lawyers do?

An intellectual property lawyer council their clients on protecting their creations including new products ,artistic work and designs . They assist them with obtaining and enforcing patents and other protections for their intellectual property They also advise on new rules and regulations governing the protection of unique ideas.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Conduct meetings with clients and understand their legal issues related to copyright, patent and trademark etc.
  • Checked Guide and advise clients on laws and legal issues based on their
  • Checked Draft legal documents and letters, and submit documents in courts if it needed.
  • Checked Develop case strategies on the basis of evidence and law points.
  • Checked Take advice from senior lawyers or refer the clients to senior advocate
  • Checked Attend meetings and negotiations with opponents who are standing against the clients in the case
  • Checked Draft and file appeals in the courts against the decision of the court on a matter
  • Checked Estimate claims for damages, compensation, maintenance, etc
  • Checked Advise law trainees who are working under you on legal issues
  • Checked Cross-check all documents prior to signing and forwarding

What are the Specialisations in Intellectual Property law?

The branch of law that gives the owner of the patent the exclusive right to use their own invention.
Trademark Law that focuses on statutorily protects logos and brands.
Copyright law is an intellectual property law granted that gives the owner exclusive right to use, with some limited exceptions, original expressive work.
Those ideas that can be considered "owned" by an individual or company and are therefore protectable under the law.
Cybercrimes is described as crimes committed through the misuse of computers and Internet where a computer can be used as a tool or target.

How To Become an Intellectual Property Lawyer?

Step 1
Take any stream in 10+2

Candidate with any stream in plus two level is eligible for taking law at undergraduate level.But plus two in humanities is always an added advantage.

Step 2
Take Integrated BA/BBA/BSc/BCom LLB

The common course offered at the UG level in law is 5 Year- Integrated bachelor's degree plus LLB. The institutions are offering BA, BBA, or with integrated law program, so the students could select any one of these courses based on their plus two stream.

Note : Any Bachelor's Degree and Take LLB

Someone could get into the field of law after their graduation. Students could pursue three year LLB after their UG. They may need to clear entrance exams to get into eminent institutions.

Step 3
Take LLM with Intellectual Property Law Specialisation

LLM is a one year masters program in law with multiple specialisations, including intellectual property law,. A candidate who hold an LLB degree is eligible for the LLM admission.

Note : PG Diploma in Intellectual property

Law Graduates can do a PG diploma if he/she wishes to pursue a career in a specific field

Step 4
Take MPhil/ PhD

Aspirants with an LLM or equivalent degree with minimum marks are eligible for MPhil/Doctor degree in legal studies. M Phil course will be one year long program.

Intellectual Property Law Colleges

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Requirements for masters in intellectual property law

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India(From IIT Kharagpur for LLM with the specialization in Intellectual Property Right, )

  • First class in Bachelor of Laws LL.B./B.L. (5 years) program from any recognised University, in Bachelor of Laws LL.B./B.L.(3 years) program along with Bachelor's Degree (not less than 3 years).
  • Students having LL.B (Hons.) in Intellectual Property Law from the IIT Kharagpur with CGPA of 8.5 or above are eligible for admission(CET is not required )
  • Clear Common Entrance Test(CET)

Foreign (from London School of Economics and Political science for LLM with specialization in Intellectual property law)

  • An Undergraduate degree in law with 65% of marks
  • English Language Requirements : an overall score of 7.5 and a score of 7 in writing and listening in IELTS 109 score of 109 on the TOEFL
  • Statement of academic purpose describing your intent to join the programme
  • Two references

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required

Good communication skills

Lawyers need to communicate effectively with their clients to understand legal issues and cases. Good communication skills are also essential for presenting the case and examining witnesses in courts.

Listening skills

Listening is the key to all effective communication, lawyers should have the ability to listen to the concerns of their clients.

Research and Analytical skill

A lawyer has to go through a large amount of information and facts when he deals with a case. They may have to explore previous famous case histories to bring ideas for the new cases they are handling. Hence research and analysis can give more clarity about how to handle cases in different scenarios.

Investigative mindset

Criminal lawyers may need to make investigations on their own to gather details about a case and arrive at conclusions.

Attention to details

Accuracy and clarity about cases and law points are important factors in advocacy as a single word out of place can change the meaning of a clause or contract. Hence the lawyer has to be very attentive to details.

Time Management

Time management is crucial for a lawyer who may be handling many different cases at a time. The may have to appear and submit documents as per the schedule of the courts.