MS in Patent Law at Carnegie Mellon University

Notre Dame’s MS in Patent Law (MSPL) prepares scientists and engineers to help inventors get patents.

A representative from the MSPL will be at Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday, November 19, to give a presentation about careers in patent law.  The panel discussion will begin at 4:30pm and run until 5:30pm in Rangos 3 at the University Center. Come learn about careers in patent law and the MSPL from Dr. Karen Deak (Director of the MS in Patent Law and a registered patent agent) and Lester Fortney, JD (Patent attorney in Pittsburgh at The Webb Law Firm).

Pizza and drinks will be provided! Come learn about career options over dinner!!


The MSPL is a one-academic-year program, at Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend, IN. We prepare our students for practice as patent agents, through a curriculum of hands-on, practical learning. Candidates must be Patent Bar eligible, which means they have a science or engineering background.

Patent agents usually work at law firms and at R&D-based companies, where they help inventors protect their inventions by getting patents. Many of our graduates, like Kerisha Bowen, have gone on to work at law firms in major metropolitan areas. Our graduates are in high demand at law firms across the country.


If the MS in Patent Law is an option for you, make sure your completed application* is submitted by December 15, 2013! All students who submit complete applications by that date, and who then join the MSPL’s 2014-2015 cohort, will receive a $2000 discount on their tuition!

Also, if you like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter, we’ll waive the $75 application fee.


We are also excited to announce that we are expanding our offerings and our locations to better serve more students! Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, Notre Dame will offer a Certificate in Patent Prosecution at our Chicago campus.


If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the MSPL or the Chicago Certificate program, please contact the program Director, Prof. Karen Deak.

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