Intellectual Property Law

With its varied curriculum, the Boyd School of Law prepares future graduates for professional careers in a diverse range of legal areas, including intellectual property law. The intellectual property law curriculum has grown over the years to respond to the needs of the local entertainment and gaming industry and the increasingly internationalized practice of intellectual property law throughout the United States.

The faculty at the Boyd School of Law is recognized both nationally and internationally for its scholarship in the areas of intellectual property law, entertainment law, and cyberlaw. The faculty has produced numerous publications, including works on U.S. and international copyright, trademark, and patent law, and has authored major casebooks. The faculty regularly contributes to debates concerning current legislative proposals and the future course of intellectual property policies.

Students at the Boyd School of Law enjoy a wide choice of courses that relate to intellectual property:
·    Copyright
·    Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets
·    Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar
·    Intellectual Property Licensing
·    International Intellectual Property
·    Entertainment Law
·    Cyberlaw
·    Gaming Law

The Boyd School of Law has hosted a number of speakers and events related to intellectual property law, including a seminar sponsored in collaboration with IGT on the commercialization of IP and the annual Nevada Bar IP Law Section IP Law Conference. Boyd faculty regularly invites guest speakers to speak on a variety of issues and developments in patent, copyright, and trademark law; recent guest speakers included Laura Bielinski (’07, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck), Seaton Curran (’08, Howard & Howard), Professor Annette Kur (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), Robert C. Ryan (Holland & Hart), and Allen West (Lewis Roca Rothgerber).

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is a Boyd School of Law student organization with the mission to encourage and facilitate student excellence in the field of intellectual property. IPLS accomplishes this through maintaining a network of interaction between students, alumni, and IP practitioners; educating law students on the latest substantive IP issues; and helping law students interested in IP law find their IP niche.


Mary LaFrance
IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law
(702) 895-2481

Marketa Trimble
Samuel Lionel Intellectual Property Professor of Law
(702) 895-0491