Outline and Features
The Graduate School of Intellectual Property (IP Professional Master Course) is a unique professional school started in 2005 at OIT to create industry-required professionals with legal knowledge and skills in the IP field. The faculty members are composed of IP experts and practitioners with profound experiences in industries, Government and Agencies. They provide students with relevant professional education in the legal realm as well as IP skills to develop IP professionals. The School accepts a variety of students with various background including working people and other graduates from various undergraduate degrees such as law, engineering, economics, administration, etc. The unique diploma of Master of IP (Professional Course) will be granted to those students who have completed the course with the required credits and a research thesis.
IP practical education with advanced skills
The rich curriculum covering all the necessary fields for various IP professionals includes as shown in the chart the four major areas with 60 subjects; the IP Legal Platform Area, the Innovation Area, the IP Business Area and the IP Global Area. Each faculty member is ready to assist students to select the fitting subjects in view of the student’s future goal. We are accepting many overseas students and assisting them with special care.
For international students (Language used, Distance Learning, etc.)
Most of the lectures are provided in Japanese, so that international students can study not only Japanese IP laws and practices but also Japanese language as such. Some of the subjects, however, are available in English so that an English-speaking student can get a certain number of credits.
For international students who can stay only a part of the 2-year period in Japan, the distance learning is available for the rest of the period. For such students, lectures are provided via Internet. International students can join the lecture, staying in his/her home country.
Unlike other Japanese school, international students may enroll in our school in September in addition to April that is normal enrolment season in Japan.
Strong support for acquiring a national patent attorney license
Students having graduated from our School with credits for certain subjects may apply for exemption of certain subjects from the first-step examination of the National Patent Attorney(benrishi.) Furthermore, students having written a thesis in a specific legal field may apply for a partial exemption from the second step of the examination. Each year, a number of our students have successfully obtained these exemptions and brought forward the final passing for the patent attorney qualification.
The internship program is very important for our students to experience the actual practicing in the IP field. Our internships are available both in Japan and overseas in patent law firms or private companies. The overseas internship program which is useful for our students to enhance their global mind is possible in U.S., Europe and Asia with the fee assisted by OIT.
Our School provides many opportunities for students to interact with people in the world. For example, we send our selected students to the summer IP institute at the CASRIP (Center for Advanced Study and Research on IP at the University of Washington) with expenses assisted by OIT. Many of our students enjoy collaborations using English with the foreign researchers invited by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) as well as WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) staying with us on a long-term basis, which results in advancing students' international mind.
Summer Intensive Course
Our School offers each year a Summer Intensive Course on our main campus on the topics of Advanced Comparative Patent Laws in which all the lectures are given in English by practitioners including American attorneys handling IP cases. Many Asian students from our partner universities come to this week-long summer intensive course and enjoy exchanges with our students conversing in English. In return, at spring time our students visit such partner universities for international exchange. These are good examples of our students to enhance global understanding.