This week’s podcast is the third installment of our law practices series. This week will discuss intellectual property, or IP, law. Our guests on the program are Jerry Fellows, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Lewis Gould, partner and chairman of the Patent and Trademark Practice Group at Duane Morris LLP.
Intellectual property law deals with the laws surrounding “creations of the mind.” Our guests today talk about two main areas of intellectual property: Patents and trademarks.
Our first guest, Jerry Fellows, says intellectual property law is a specialty that will continue to be strong and could potentially thrive in a legal recession. Students interested in intellectual property law should, says Fellows, develop analytical skills. He also says this practice is a very broad field and offers a lot of opportunities, and lends itself to a wide range of personalities and areas of expertise.
Our second guest, Lewis Gould, says that there are two primary areas within intellectual property law, trademarks and patents, and suggests that students become familiar with both sides of the practice. He says that, often, students are more interested in trademarks because, unlike patents, it doesn’t require an extra bar exam. Gould suggests that students interested in IP law take intellectual property courses beyond the basic survey course during their law school career, and begin planning their academic path early in the law school career so that they can make sure ot have the requirements needed to pass both bar exams after graduation.