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GW to Launch New Master of Patent Practice Degree

Program Designed to Meet Growing Need for Patent Professionals, Opens Doors to Career in Law, Policy, Science or Technology
March 27, 2013

Latarsha Gatlin
202-994-5631; [email protected]
Michelle Sherrard
202-994-1423; [email protected]

WASHINGTON– In response to the need for patent professionals to address an expected increase in patent filings, challenges and litigation, George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies will launch a master’s degree in patent practice in fall 2013.

The 32-credit degree focuses on law, policy, practice and engineering and includes material that will prepare graduates to take the U.S. Paten Bar exam. The program is open to anyone with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, science, computer science or mathematics. Graduates of the program will be eligible to work such as patent examiners, patent agents, patent paralegals or patent consultants.

The curriculum includes legal research, patent law and policy, graduate level engineering, science, and technology courses, material on challenging and defending patents, writing and oral communication.

“Patent practice is crucial to American commerce,” said Toni Marsh, CPS associate dean for new initiatives and director of the program. “Patents are corporations’ stock in trade – their inventory. All the innovation that is happening today is happening in patents. This degree will prepare our graduates to work at the center of that exciting universe.”

The expected rush on patent filing comes from the America Invents Act which has amended the U.S. patent system from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system, setting off a dash to the patent office.

“The program provides students with all the skills they need to succeed in a highly competitive but equally rewarding field: law, policy, technology, and communications,” said Ms. Marsh.

Classes for the program will take place at GW’s Alexandria Graduate Education Center and in Foggy Bottom. For more information on the program, go to:

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