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 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 with sessions on pooling and licensing of patent assets, and on recent developments in patent, copyright, and trademark law; guest speaker T. Rao Coca, a former vice president of intellectual property at IGT, who spoke on his professional legal experiences in the Asia Pacific region; Boyd alumnus Seaton Curran ’08, a patent attorney working in the intellectual property practice group at Armstrong Teasdale, who spoke on patent prosecution;  and Boyd alumna Laura Bielinski ’07, an associate in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Las Vegas office and member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property & Technology Groups, who spoke on trademarks and domain names.

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
Associate Professor of Law
(702) 895-0491