Western Law

Intellectual Property, Information and Technology (Area of Concentration)

Faculty Advisor/Director: Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson

Western Law’s Area of Concentration in Intellectual Property, Information and Technology (IPIT) is a unique academic program in Canada (developed in consultation with practitioners in various information law–related and intellectual property practices):  no other law school certifies completion of an academic concentration involving intellectual property, information law and technology law on the transcripts of its JD students.  Its graduates work in such settings as large multi-faceted firms, boutique intellectual property firms, energy utilities, criminal law, private sector entertainment companies, and legal publishing. Many graduates return regularly to teach courses, speak, and give guest lectures at Western.

Required courses from the wider law school curriculum offerings include taking one of two regularly offered private international law courses and Administrative Law.  Specific IPIT required courses, offered annually, are Intellectual Property and International Protection of Intellectual Property (IPIP).  Other electives, including those in the rapidly growing health law field (where information and intellectual property related legal challenges are increasingly pressing), often include significant writing components and exercises, whether as designated research essay courses (eg Pharmaceutical and Health Regulation) or as a legal writing requirement (eg IPIP or Fox Intellectual Property Moot (Fox Moot)), and can help students fulfill those program requirements.

Intellectual Property, Information and Technology curricular stream diagram

Relevant Co-Curricular Opportunities