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.
The specific IPIT courses that are required to fulfill the IPIT Area requirements are Intellectual Property and International Protection of Intellectual Property (IPIP) and each of these is offered annually, are Intellectual Property and International Protection of Intellectual Property (IPIP). Administrative law is the third required course for the IPIT Area and it too is offered annually. Completion of the Group 1 elective for the IPIT Area will give students familiarity with private international law and can be satisfied in a number of ways: currently the Faculty is offering its Conflicts course as well as the Special Topic offering "IPIT Capstone." To graduate with the IPIT designation students must complete at least two other IPIT Area specific courses, one from Group 2 and one from Group 3. These electives can include certain courses offered at Western Law in the rapidly growing health law field (where information and intellectual property related legal challenges are increasingly pressing). Because these electives generally include significant writing components and exercises they are frequently designated as fulfilling the Faculty and IPIT Area Essay Requirement (eg Pharmaceutical and Health Regulation) or as fulfilling the Faculty's legal writing requirement (eg IPIP or Fox Intellectual Property Moot (Fox Moot)).
Relevant Co-Curricular Opportunities
- Community Legal Services
- Western Intellectual Property Association (WIPA)