Stanford Law School, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, is a nationally and internationally leading law school. Its Program in Law, Science & Technology (LST) has been ranked regularly among the top three intellectual property law programs by U.S. News & World Report in the previous years. The Law, Science & Technology Program has a long-standing tradition of sharing its expertise in IP and tech law with lawyers from around the world. In an effort to further promote the understanding of the world’s IP law regimes, Stanford Law School has established an intensive one-week certificate program on U.S. IP law for international lawyers.

The summer program will provide a broad foundation in U.S. IP law with specific attention to high-tech IP issues. It will focus on the fundamental concepts of U.S. IP law and give practical insights into Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry. You will learn from Stanford’s world-renowned professors and Silicon Valley’s leading practitioners. Learn from their experience and expertise!

Bring your professional skills to the next level! The program will provide you a unique learning experience at a world leading law school in the heart of Silicon Valley. It will also offer you an opportunity to connect and network with top IP experts from Stanford and Silicon Valley. In addition to receiving a world-class education in IP law, participants will build lifetime friendships and professional connections with their fellow students.

Program Topics

The summer program will cover topics such as
• Introduction to U.S. IP law
• Copyright
• Copyright and the internet
• Trademarks: Brand protection in the U.S.
• Trademarks on the internet
• Patents
• Trade secrets
• Design protection
• IP licensing and technology transfer
• Venture capital in Silicon Valley
• IP litigation
• Silicon Valley company visits/insights

* Program topics are subject to change.


International lawyers/professionals, who wish to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. IP law and high-tech IP issues. U.S. lawyers/professionals are welcome as well.


Summer program participants will receive a Stanford Law School Program Certificate.

Continuing Legal Education

The State Bar of California has approved this program for 19.5 MCLE credits. Certification from other states may be sought; however, approved hours may vary. Contact your local bar for more information.