Undergraduate Embedded Certificate in Intellectual Property

The School of Public Policy offers a Certificate in Intellectual Property (IP). This interdisciplinary certificate will be beneficial to students who are interested in

  • careers as patent agents (computing, engineering, or science majors only), or
  • law school to become intellectual property lawyers, or
  • business who need to recognize the value of a company's intellectual property, or
  • developing policy related to intellectual property and innovation.

In addition, the certificate will be helpful to anyone who simply wants to understand the laws and policies governing intellectual property.

While earning the certificate, students will have the opportunity to learn about the protections and the limits on those protections of intellectual property: including patents, copyrights, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the certificate in IP will teach students about law, business strategies, and public policies affecting intellectual property.

The IP Certificate Program generally follows Georgia Tech and School of Public Policy academic guidelines. To ensure eligibility for the certificate, students should discuss their planned course selection with the program director prior to registration.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Program of Study

Required course
PUBP 4640Technology Law, Policy, and Management3
Three (3) courses from the following:9
Law, Technology, and Politics
Pre-Law Seminar
Technology Strategy
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Internet Law
PUBP 4803
Advanced Science and Technology Policy
PUBP 4833
Intellectual Property Transactions
ME 2803
Patent Preparation and Process
Total Credit Hours12
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a “C” or better.
  • No more than 3 semester hours of Special Problems credit as designated by the program director may be applied toward the certificate.
  • Courses required by name and number in a student’s major degree program may not be applied toward the certificate.