IIT's new master's program in Intellectual Property Management and Markets is currently accepting applications

Monday, April 26, 2010

Applications are currently being accepted for Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) innovative new graduate program in Intellectual Property Management and Markets. This groundbreaking degree program is a collaborative effort of IIT's law, business, and engineering colleges as well as its Institute of Design and Department of Computer Science. Classes are scheduled to begin August 7.

The new master's program fills a demand for professionals with the interdisciplinary training and ability to integrate a variety of outlooks and mindsets necessary for successful management of intellectual property portfolios.

Applicants reflect the diversity of backgrounds in the field. They include marketing professionals, legal assistants, business and financial professionals, attorneys, innovators and entrepreneurs, and engineers, to name a few.

"There is a growing need for formal education in this space," said Jackie Leimer, director of the program and distinguished IP practitioner-in-residence at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. "Although many professionals have succeeded in this field through their knowledge, experiences, and diverse skills, the field has now matured to the point that it requires a more structured approach to ensure that future professionals will be able to provide leadership in IP management."

The program recognizes the need for skills-building to tackle real-world problems with real-world solutions. Members of the program's advisory council are leading IP professionals in the consulting, legal, and finance fields. They provide advice to the program and form the beginning of the network for students as they move into exciting and important new points in their careers.

IIT is a Ph.D.-granting research university with programs in engineering, architecture, the sciences, humanities, psychology, business, law, and design. The university has multiple campuses located in Chicago and its suburbs.