IP Curriculum and Faculty

Introductory Courses

  • Copyright and Related Rights 
  • Patent Law 
  • Survey in Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Small Enrollment Practical Skills Courses

  • Censorship and Free Expression
  • Intellectual Property Litigation 
  • Trademark Practice 
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Technology Transfer Planning and Drafting 
  • Patent Drafting
  • Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation

Related Courses and Seminars

  • Administrative Law 
  • Advanced Patent Law
  • American Indian Law
  • American Indian Societies, Cultures and Values
  • Antitrust Law
  • Bioethics and Law
  • Biomedical Research Law and Policy Seminar
  • Civil Liberties in Cyberspace Seminar
  • Genetics Ethics, Law and Policy Seminar
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Technology Transfer
  • Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software
  • International Intellectual Property Law Seminar
  • Intellectual Property Colloquium Seminar
  • International Law 
  • Media Litigation
  • Propertizing Thought Seminar: IP and the Workings of the Human Mind
  • Regulating Drugs and Other Medical Technologies
  • Speech, Press and the Constitution
  • Sports Law: Planning, Drafting and Negotiation
  • Theory of Property Rights


Professor Kevin Emerson Collins directs the IP/TL LL.M. program. He is a well-known patent scholar who frequently uses an interdisciplinary lens to shed new light on patent law. Professor Collins is joined by other regular and adjunct faculty teaching in this program. Professors Scott A. Baker, David Deal, John N. Drobak, Ronald Levin, Neil Richards, and Leila Nadya Sadat teach related courses and seminars.

Adjunct Professors who are leading IP/Tech lawyers include:  

  • Caroline Chicoine teaches Trademark Practice; J.D., John Marshall Law School; Of counsel at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., practicing in the area of IP law
  • J. Ben Clark teaches Trademark Practice; J.D., 1980, University of Virginia; Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, practicing in the area of IP law
  • Jeffrey Cohen teaches Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting and Negotiating; J.D., 1989, Washington University; Millen, White Zelano, & Branigan, P.C., in Arlington, VA, handling entertainment, corporate, capital formation, acqusitions, IP and litigation pertaining to these fields of law; Partner in the entertainment management company Outerloop Management and Owner of Sumerian Records
  • Charles Fendell teaches IP Licensing and Technology Transfer Planning & Drafting; J.D., 1989, Washington University; Partner and Co-chair of Information Technology and Intellectual Property Group, Thompson Coburn, LLP
  • Steven Gunn teaches American Indian Law, and American Indian Societies, Cultures and Values; J.D., 1995, Yale Law School; founder and director of American Indian Law Summer Program
  • Michael Kahn teaches Censorship and Free Expression: The Practitioner's Guide; J.D., 1979, Harvard Law School; Principal at The BrickHouse Law Group 
  • Gregory Kirsch teaches IP Protection of Computer Software; J.D., 1990, Washington University; Partner at Ballard Spahr, in the IP Department 
  • Benjamin Lipman teaches Media Litigation; J.D., 1991, Washington University; Partner with Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, working primarily in litigation matters, focusing on media/communications law, IP and new technologies 
  • Mark Sableman teaches Censorship and Free Expression: The Practitioner's Guide; J.D., 1979, Georgetown University Law Center; Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, concentrates on IP, media, & information technology law
  • Douglas Warren teaches IP Litigation and Patent Drafting; J.D., 1999, Washington University; solo practitioner, in IP law litigation
  • Gregory Upchurch teaches IP Litigation; M.S.EE, 1985, University of Missouri-Rolla; J.D., 1975, Yale University; Founder and CEO of LegalMetric, a firm dedicated to analysis of federal litigation; author of 3 volume treatise on IP litigation published by West Group 
  • Bryan Wheelock teaches IP Litigation and Patent Drafting; B.S.E, in Mech Eng from Duke University, and J.D., 1982, Washington University; Principal with Harness Dickey 

Student Organizations

Students at Washington University have a wide range of opportunities to explore the many facets of intellectual property law. In addition to conferences, symposia, and speaker programs throughout the year, the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) and Sports and Entertainment Law Society host guest speakers and provide networking opportunities with practicing IP lawyers and experts in the field.

Moot Court Competitions

Washington University has a diverse program of competitions, including two Intellectual Property moot court competitions. The Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, focuses primarily on patent law issues. Read about the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition.

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the International Trademark Association, focuses on a current issue in trademark and unfair competition law. Washington University students are consistently successful in representing the law school in these competitions at both the regional and national levels. Read about the International Trademark Association and the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.