Intellectual Property and First Amendment Law

Cleveland’s diverse corporate and entertainment sectors employ a robust community of intellectual property lawyers and firms that are helping to shape a growing curriculum and exciting new practical learning opportunities.

IP Courses

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Copyright, Patent and Trademark
  • Cybersecurity I & II
  • Entertainment Law and Cybercrime
  • International Aspects of Intellectual Property
  • Patent Drafting
  • Patent Law and Practice
  • Privacy Law and Management
  • Representing the Musical Artist
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Trademark Law

First Amendment Law

Professor Kevin O’Neill is an expert in First Amendment law, with special emphasis on public protest and public forum access. The former Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio brings his experience and research to the classroom, where he gives students a solid foundation in First Amendment issues, including the regulation and prohibition of political speech, obscenity, use of “fighting words,” selected aspects of the law of libel, “hate” speech, and commercial speech.

First Amendment Practicum

Students can reinforce their learning through actual work on cutting-edge First Amendment issues by taking the First Amendment, Media & Entertainment Law practicum, in which you’ll help advise clients ranging from reality TV producers, news organizations, museums, rock bands, playwrights, and graffiti artists. Explore these issues through first-hand work on real cases alongside Adjunct Professor Patrick Kabat, a well-known First Amendment lawyer.

READ More: C|M|LAW Provides Students with valuable experience in IP Law

Student Organizations

  • Entertainment and Sports Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Student Association

Why C|M|LAW to study IP?

Miles Welo '14
Associate Attorney, Certified NFL Agent, Mansour Gavin  
BA, Ohio State University

“C|M|LAW’s curriculum taught me the foundational principals and then I was able to dig in through the network—grilling practitioners and finding out about other IP opportunities, outside of what I originally perceived IP to be (music). Every type of company has intellectual property whether it’s a fortune 500 company or a small book publishing company—everyone has software, or some type of creative piece—it’s everywhere."


Why is Cleveland a great city for an IP lawyer?

Allison Terry '15
Associate in Intellectual Property, Jones Day
BA, College of Charleston

“Cleveland has a lot of industry that is using intellectual property and it's always going to need IP lawyers. It's a young community and always innovating with cool, new businesses. IP is always going to grow, and Cleveland is a great place to practice because it's growing along with everything else."



John s. cipolla

Chair, C|M|LAW's IP Advisory Council

A partner at the Calfee law firm, Cipolla leads the lardest IP practice in the Midwest. He has over 30 years of experience working in patent and trademark law. Cipolla leads the C|M|LAW IP Advisory Council which taps the knowledge and network of Cleveland's vast and talented IP community to create a strong cirriculum and increase professional exposure for our students.

angelin chang

Professor of Music and Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

A Grammy-award winning concert pianist, Professor Chang teaches "Representing the Musical Artist," where students learn about the practical legal issues that arise when counseling a musical artist from early to late career. Students interact with executives and legal professionals of major music and entertainment organizations, Grammy-nominated and winning artist, as well as representatives, ensembles and studios in the region and nation.

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