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About the Center

The Center prepares students for the cutting edge of entrepreneurship, transactional law, transborder licensing, intellectual property, informational technology, biofuels, and telecommunications.

In addition, the Center partners with government agencies like NASA and the U.S. Department of Commerce, and organizations such as CONNECT and the World Trade Center of San Diego, to provide students with practical experience in law, policy, and business.

In 1987, California Western received a generous grant from the Al Simon Foundation to support scholarships and conferences in telecommunications. During the 1990s, the focus was expanded to include intellectual property.

Since that time, the Center has adapted to meet the technological, international, and other factors shaping the fields of telecommunications, intellectual property, engineering, and the life sciences.

In the 2010, the Center launched "Create a Job Now Initiative" in conjunction with the Business Law Society to stimulate entrepreneurship and job creation through transborder licensing. The Center partners with one or more student organizations to sponsor an annual conference where students present white papers to leading experts.

The initiative continues to expand internship and career service opportunities through alumni engagement and uses technology to develop collaborative pilot programs with foreign educational institutions.

Intellectual Property, Technology and Telecommunications Program

As technology changes the face of the global economy, laws and copyright protections must change to reflect the frequent emergence of new products and discoveries. Those wishing to practice intellectual property, technology and telecommunications law increasingly find themselves working in nontraditional jobs where they are required to use their legal training, but are not practicing law in the traditional sense.

California Western School of Law is in a unique position to respond to developments in legal and employment sectors. The Intellectual Property Technology/Telecommunications program provides a solid foundation in the core areas of:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Administrative Law
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Telecommunications Law

Students electing to pursue this area of concentration are required to participate in both pro bono work and an internship supervised by the concentration's faculty advisor. Two scholarly papers and participation in a student or professional organization in a specialty area are also required.

Program Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Negotiation 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust, Business Planning
  • Biotechnology Seminar
  • Business Planning
  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Licensing
  • Patent Law
  • Problem Solving Skills & Theory
  • Internet & Social Media Law
  • Sports Law
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Trademark Law

Careers in IP, Technology, and Telecommunications Law

Students gain practical experience through special projects. Previous student projects include:

  • Creating a searchable website on hot topics in information technology
  • Partnering with agencies including the City of San Diego and the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct research and draft white papers on regulatory structure and job creation
  • Designing code for web-based authoring platforms to develop online curriculum

Alumni pursuing careers in IP, technology, and telecommunications work at law firms and technology companies locally and around the globe. They put their knowledge of policy and ethical issues into practice as they represent clients, protect intellectual capital, and contribute to the development of new knowledge.

Examples of careers in relevant fields include:

  • Property Attorney - Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.
  • Director of Intellectual Property - Stem CentRx
  • Intellectual Property Attorney - Isis Pharmaceuticals
  • Intellectual Property Attorney - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • Intellectual Property Attorney - Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey
  • Associate Patent Counsel - Qualcomm
  • Associate, Patent Litigation Group - DLA Piper, LLP
  • Intellectual Property Attorney - Higgs Fletcher & Mack
  • Intellectual Property Attorney - Abbott Medical Optics Inc.

Faculty

Courses in the IP, Technology & Telecommunications program are taught by leading scholars across a broad array of disciplines – including business law, biotechnology, cyberspace law, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution – as well as working professionals who bring real-world experience into the classroom.

Robert A. Bohrer
Professor of Law
LLM, Harvard University
JD, University of Illinois
BA, Haverford College

Arthur W. Campbell
Professor of Law
LLM, Georgetown University
JD, West Virginia University
AB, Harvard University

Tabrez Y. Ebrahim
Assistant Professor of Law Professor of Law
LLM, University of Houston Law Center
JD, Northwestern University
MBA, Northwestern University
Graduate Certificate, Stanford Graduate School of Business
MS, Stanford University
BS, University of Texas at Austin

Scott B. Ehrlich
Professor of Law
LLM, Harvard University
JD, New York University
BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Nancy S. Kim
Professor of Law
LLM, University of California, Los Angeles
JD, University of California, Berkeley
AB, University of California, Berkeley

Adjunct Professors

  • Daniel Dawes, Trademark Law, Trademark Clinic
  • Jayshree A. Gerken ‘02, Patent Law
  • Art Neill, Internet & Social Media Law
  • Jeffrey S. Robin, Entertainment Law
  • Robert F. Teaff, Sports Law