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One-year master’s level law program offers graduates a path to become patent agents

The Master’s in Patent Practice program at the School of Law is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of only a handful in the nation. The program is specifically designed for students with degrees in engineering, computer science, physical or biological degrees to sit for the patent bar exam and become patent agents, without having to complete the full three-year JD program.

Faculty and staff are reminded that the tuition-waiver program can be used to cover costs for this program.

Patent agents can work for law firms, practice as solo practitioners or work in the legal department of a company. They are also eligible to work as patent examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The national median salary for a patent agent is $121,000 and demand is forecasted to grow. To start in fall 2020, apply by July 1.

Questions? Contact Craig Nard at patentpractice@case.edu.

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