Intellectual Property LLM


Learn IP law in the heart of Seattle

The UW School of Law is located in one of the premier intellectual property-producing regions in the world. From aviation to software industry pioneers, from biomedical research centers to game developers, Seattle is a hub for creative minds and an entrepreneurial spirit.

In close connection with this community, the Intellectual Property Law & Policy LLM (IP LLM) draws on its network for experienced adjunct faculty and practical experiences. These connections enable students to explore intellectual property law and policy from a variety of perspectives: industry, impact on research and development, public interest, business and international trade.

Focus on your interests

The IP LLM curriculum presents an equally balanced approach between practical and theoretical education. It builds upon a core set of IP classes in fall quarter to more advanced topics in the winter and increased practical application and tutorials in the spring. Students begin their studies with foundational IP Law courses, and then can tailor their curriculum with more than 30 advanced, industry-focused, interdisciplinary and tutorial classes to choose from.

Scientists, computer programmers, engineers, medical researchers, singers and writers—they are all here, innovating in ways that they hope will change the world. Our IP LLM program trains the lawyers who will help them do so.

Join an International Community

The IP LLM program reflects the multinational nature of our city. Every year, students from around the world, including Asia, America, Africa and Europe, gather to study intellectual property law at our law school. The unique perspectives brought to UW Law enrich the learning experience for everyone. During the program, students create a close-knit community and a lifelong network of professional colleagues from around the globe.


Students begin their studies with the IP Law core series of foundational classes (Trademark & Trade Secret Law, Copyright Law, Patent Law) and Legal Systems and Skills for IP Attorneys (common law and legal research and writing for international students). From there, students can tailor their curriculum with more than 30 intellectual property specialty courses to choose from. Our outstanding professors and experienced adjunct faculty impart their knowledge and practical experience to all students.

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At UW, you are woven into the greater whole of academic and professional excellence, alongside amazingly talented and passionate individuals.

Elijah Hartman