The Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program (IP Intensive) is a unique program offered at Osgoode Hall Law School that gives students practical, experiential education in a workplace setting for an entire term in lieu of being in the classroom.
The IP Intensive provides students with a comprehensive examination of significant practical aspects of IP and technology law. The opening two weeks of class seminars are dedicated to presentations featuring prominent members of the IP community. These seminars cover a range of topics aimed at teaching students fundamental aspects of substantive and procedural law applied in the day-to-day practice of IP law. This is followed by a 10-week internship with a member of the judiciary, government agency, or other organization that is heavily involved with IP matters (e.g. a high-technology or pharmaceutical company). Throughout the semester, students attend seminars, write research papers, and participate in discussion sessions and online review writing exercises. In the final week of the Program, each student presents a seminar presentation with visual aids. Students have the benefit of face to face meetings with Osgoode faculty and receive regular support and feedback.
Pre-Requisites: Students must have taken at least two of the following courses: Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, Copyright Law, Trade-mark Law or IP seminar course.
Evaluation: The major research paper proposal (3 pages), short presentation, and major research paper (7,000—10,000 words) are letter- graded for a total of 3 credits. The seminar presentation, 2 research-based short papers to be published in blog format online, acting as class seminar leader, and class participation are letter-graded for a total of 3 credits.
Students’ internship reflective journal entries, internship reflective blog, and internship performance are assessed on a pass/fail basis for a total of 9 credits.