CENTER FOR LAW AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CLIP)
In today’s global, information-based economy, protecting intellectual property (IP) is more important than ever. From semiconductors to sitcoms and from art to agriculture, IP laws protect original designs, creations and innovations, allowing clients to monetize their ideas. At the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law (CLIP), we combine classroom time with hands-on experience to prepare our students to navigate the complex legal issues surrounding patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.
Fort Worth is a Hub for Intellectual Property
Texas A&M University School of Law is located in downtown Fort Worth, an ideal place for students to study IP issues related to entrepreneurship, technology and the arts. As one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, Fort Worth/Dallas is a hub for major corporations, entrepreneurs, information technology enterprises and the oil and gas industry. It is also home to a thriving arts and cultural community.
Here are several advantages to specializing in IP at Texas A&M University School of Law.
IP is one of the fastest growing areas of the law. Texas A&M University School of Law offers a comprehensive and innovative curriculum with a wide and ever-expanding array of basic courses and advanced seminars.
With eight faculty members specializing in the area, we boast one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the IP field in law schools across the country.
Our accessible faculty includes the country’s leading scholars in all major IP “food groups” (copyright, patent, trademark and international IP law). It also includes two patent attorneys and a former attorney advisor with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, you will be able to learn directly from experienced attorneys practicing on the front lines of the IP profession.
We offer a Concentration in Intellectual Property which enables students to specialize in the area by completing a prescribed set of courses and experiential training. Students enrolled in this concentration are required to obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.
When you specialize in IP at Texas A&M University School of Law, you can gain practical experience through our three clinics:
Service is a core value of Texas A&M University. At the School of Law, our graduation requirement of 30 hours of pro bono legal work reinforces this value.
CLIP allows you to engage in community outreach through our Need to Know workshops and a one-of-its-kind Spring Break Service Week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Students participating in these programs will have opportunities to give presentations regarding IP law.
In addition, you may have the opportunity to participate in regional and national trial and moot court competitions to hone your analytical and advocacy skills. Recent competitions included:
- Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
- Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition
- National Sports Law Negotiation Competition.
Collaboration within Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is the fourth largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas. As a Tier 1 research institution, our university features nationally ranked programs in engineering, agriculture and life sciences, chemistry, architecture and business.
CLIP actively collaborates with the different colleges within the university, including the Mays Business School, the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the College of Architecture. We also have a groundbreaking partnership with Startup Aggieland, a student business accelerator. Activities conducted through this partnership include the Innovation Summit and "pop-up" IP classes for a general audience.
Conferences and Speaker Series
Through conferences, symposia and seminars, CLIP brings to the campus nationally and internationally renowned IP experts from around the world.
- "Perspectives on Practice" Speaker Series: Our bi-weekly series hosts IP thought leaders exploring timely and cutting-edge topics in the IP field.
- Recent and forthcoming major events include:
- "Intellectual Property in All the New Places" Conference, Apr. 15-16, 2016
- Inaugural Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Oct. 9-10, 2015
- 7th Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law, (co-organized with School of Law, Xiamen University, China), July 6-7, 2015
- "IP and the Modern University Athlete" Symposium, Apr. 10, 2015
- Inaugural Innovation Summit: "Shaping the Future of Law and Entrepreneurship" (co-hosted with Startup Aggieland, Texas A&M University), Feb. 28, 2014
- Inaugural Texas A&M Law Review Intellectual Property Symposium, Oct. 25, 2013
When you study at Texas A&M University School of Law, you benefit from the dependable 425,000-strong Aggie Network, whose loyal members stand ready to help you throughout your law school and professional career. Aggie lawyers will also be able to network with the hundreds of members in the Texas Aggie Bar Association (TABA), a chartered constituent network of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
In addition, you will have access to one of the country’s largest and most prestigious legal communities. The Fort Worth/Dallas metro area is home to the Dallas–Fort Worth regional office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a broad range of employers, including law firms, government agencies, corporate legal departments and not-for-profit organizations.
The state of Texas also places a significant emphasis on its major research institutions, including Texas A&M University. In 2014, our university filed 135 patent applications, received 22 patents, generated $10.2 million in licensing revenues and returned $18 for each dollar invested in the university.
CLIP provides an intellectually stimulating environment to study critical issues of IP law and policy. You will have numerous opportunities to assist your faculty with cutting-edge research projects and participate in their policy advocacy activities.
CLIP understands students’ need for sophisticated knowledge about the rapidly changing global business environment. Students studying IP at Texas A&M University have opportunities to participate in the study abroad program in art and cultural heritage law in Santa Chiara, Italy. Our faculty members, many of whom have studied or taught abroad, are also eager to provide advice and assistance concerning study abroad programs and internships in foreign countries.
In addition, CLIP brings to the campus promising scholars and practitioners to share ideas and insights. Through academic conferences and other collaborative activities, we develop global partnerships with leading educational and research institutions from around the world. Our institutional partners include:
- Hanken School of Economics (Finland)
- South China University of Technology (China)
- University of Eastern Finland Law School (Finland)
- Xiamen University School of Law (China)