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Intellectual Property and First Amendment Law


Intellectual property is one of the most in-demand and well-paid fields of law today, with jobs that often allow students to combine an interest in science, technology, medicine, or the arts with a career in the law.

Intellectual Property Certificate

The Intellectual Property Certificate is a flexible program that allows students to focus on the areas of intellectual property where they have the most interest, preparing students in fields including patent law, copyright law, entertainment law, innovation, and technology policy. Students who earn this certificate might go on to become patent prosecutors, intellectual property litigation attorneys, entertainment lawyers, or even corporate counsel with an edge on how to manage some of the most valuable corporate assets.

Courses :

Select from among the following courses - additional courses may be added as more intellectual property electives are added to the curriculum:

  • Copyright, Patent, and Trademark, L658 (3 credit)
  • Innovation Law Seminar, L538 (3 credit)
  • Patent Law and Practice, L642 (3 credit)
  • Copyright Law, L845 (3 credit)
  • Trademark Law, L653 (2 credit)
  • Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship, L519 (3 credit)
  • Art Law, L659 (2/3 credit)
  • Representing the Musical Artist, L752 (2 credit)
  • Representing the Professional Athlete, L753 (2/3 credit)
  • Cyber Law, L735 (2/3 credit)
  • Entertainment Law, L636 (2/3 credit)
  • Intellectual Property: Advanced Topics, L758 (2/3 credit)
  • International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law, L650 (3 credit)
  • Information Technology and The Law, L797 (3 credit)
  • Legal Drafting: Special Topics, L798 (intellectual property related) (2 credit)
  • Negotiating Strategies in Sports Management, L754 (2/3 credit)
  • Scientific Evidence, L660 (3 credit)
  • Sports & Law: Evolution of Major League Sports, L656 (3 credit)
  • Upper-Level Writing, L860
  • Externship/Experiential Learning


Professor Christa Laser

Professor Christa Laser  is an intellectual property law scholar, speaker, and teacher and an experienced litigator, having practiced at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis LLP and WilmerHale in patent, trademark, copyright, and advertising law and policy consulting.  She represented leading life sciences and technology companies in all stages of trial and appellate matters and consulted on legislative and regulatory changes to intellectual property laws.  Professor Laser’s scholarship has been cited by respected scholars, by judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Laser joined the CSU|LAW faculty in 2021.


Intellectual Property and Technology Association (IPTA)
Entertainment and Sports Law Association


National IP Conference hosted by CSU|LAW:

"IP+: Innovation Law, Intellectual Property, Emerging Tech, And Business"

Held October 29, 2021:



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.


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.