Technology and Intellectual Property Law

The Right Place and Time to Be a Technology Lawyer

Colorado Law takes advantage of its location in Denver-Boulder metro, which is the heart of one of the nation’s premier telecommunications and technology hubs, featuring Centurylink, DISH Network, CableLabs, Level 3 Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Time Warner Telecom. Boulder also has a vibrant  entrepreneurial community with many start-up and emerging companies, ranked No. 1 by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston researchers as the highest performing small city for venture capital investment, and No. 2 by the American Electronics Association for percentage of workers employed in high technology.

Colorado Law has developed one of the nation’s most  comprehensive legal programs oriented around information technology. Technology lawyers address interesting policy challenges and novel legal issues, and rank among the most satisfied within the legal profession. Colorado Law is the right place at the right time for those interested in exploring the frontiers of  entrepreneurial law, technology policy, and intellectual property.

  • Robust  Curriculum. Take courses that cover the spectrum from the doctrinal basics to  the leading edges of law and policy. Expert faculty teach IP and corporate  building blocks, lead hands-on   transactional and policy clinics, and offer advanced courses in areas  such as telecommunications policy and venture capital.
  • Expansive  Co-Curricular Opportunities. Become editor of a top technology law journal, participate in technology-oriented moot court competitions, attend Silicon  Flatirons Center’s nationally recognized policy conferences, or participate in  a cross-disciplinary offering across campus.
  • Career  Success. Be completely prepared to practice law in an information age. The program’s internships, externships, clinics, and networking opportunities help students  jumpstart their careers.

Curriculum

Colorado Law’s intellectual property, technology and telecommunication curriculum and business  and commercial law curriculum prepare graduates for careers at law  firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies.  Students receive a broad-based legal education in addition to specialized  environmental and natural resources courses and practicum opportunities.

Faculty

To help students succeed in the advanced fields of  technology, entrepreneurial, and IP law, Colorado Law’s nationally known faculty  teach legal foundation courses, a wide variety of specialized electives, and clinics  for practical experience.

  • Professor Philip Weiser has  worked to fortify CU's strength in telecommunications and technology law,  establishing the Journal on  Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons  Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Prior to academia, Professor  Weiser served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of  the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Professor Paul Ohm researches and teaches about the legal issues raised by technological change,  specializes in the emerging field of computer crime law, as well as criminal  procedure, IP, and information privacy. Prior to academia, he worked as an  Honors Program trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer  Crime and Intellectual Property Section.
  • Professor Brad Bernthal leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and Technology Law & Policy Clinic. He also leads the Entrepreneurship Initiative for the Silicon Flatirons  Center.  Professor Bernthal’s research focuses on the areas of spectrum  and public safety communications policy.                    
  • Professor Harry Surden’s scholarship centers upon IP law with a substantive focus on patents and copyright, information privacy law, and the application of computer technology  within the legal system.
  • Professor Mark Loewenstein’s research centers on business associations and securities law, with a particular interest in corporate governance.
  • Professor Wayne Gazur’s research efforts are concentrated in the area of taxation, alternatives to the individual income tax, and estate and business planning.
  • Professor Amy Schmitz’s research focuses on analysis and enforcement of contractual promises to participate in private dispute resolution processes not governed by statute.
  • Professor Scott Peppet is  interested in the ways in which technological change is changing contracts, particularly  how identity-related technologies are likely to impact markets in the future.
  • Professor Andrew Schwartz attended Columbia Law School, where he assisted the late Professor E. Allan Farnsworth on his Farnsworth on Contracts treatise.

Mentoring

The Silicon Flatirons Center sponsors a mentoring program, which connects students with local lawyers and businesspersons who are  at the top of their technology fields.

Relevant Scholarships

  • Colorado Bar Association Tax Section Scholarship
  • Dale Hatfield Scholars and Research Program for public service summer internships in technology policy
  • Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Scholarship
  • James R. McBride Scholarship for IP law
  • Thomas Schatzel Scholarship for IP law

Careers  Opportunities

Colorado Law strongly recommends students seek out externships for  credit. Externships offer valuable exposure and contacts, as well as the  opportunity to conduct research and writing assignments. Colorado Law students  and graduates have received externships or permanent employment in the areas of technology policy, entrepreneurial, and IP law at the following firms and  organizations from numerous firms and agencies, including: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., CableLabs, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Cooley LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Holland & Hart, Holme Roberts & Owen, Intrado, Level  3 Communications, Merchant & Gould, Patton Boggs, and Sun Microsystems.