Our MPP program, which is the only one of its kind in the Midwest, is designed to prepare students for careers as patent agents. Patent agents draft and prosecute patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office on behalf of clients, who may be individual inventors or scientific staff working for a start-up or large corporation. The MPP degree is designed for students with a technical degree and presents a viable alternative to the full 3-year JD.
There is a growing demand for patent agents at law firms and corporate legal departments. The reason for this demand is that preparing and prosecuting patent applications is a highly-specialized skill requiring both (1) a technical background; and (2) a firm grasp of patent laws and patent office regulations. Students come to the MPP program well-prepared in a technical discipline, but understandably lack a deep understanding of patent law - the MPP program is designed to remedy this, immersing the student in patent law and patent office practice. Through a series of courses and experiential opportunities, the MPP student not only learns the intricacies of patent law needed to become a successful patent agent, but will also represent actual clients and prepare and file patent applications on their behalf in our IP Venture Clinic.
The program is 30 credits, 15 credits in the fall and 15 in the spring. A part-time option is also available.
Courses are held at the CWRU School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.
Not at this time. Courses are all held in-person.
Classes are held during the fall and spring terms. Course days and times vary, but will be held during the business week (Monday-Friday)
MPP graduates obtain jobs in law firms or corporate legal practices.
Yes! Merit scholarships are available through the Master of Patent Practice Program. Other types of aid may include federal and/or state loans, and financial assistance through the military and employers.
9 months for a full-time student. An 18-month part-time option is also available.
An undergraduate or advanced degree in engineering, physical, biological or computer science.