MSU College of Law

The Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program

The centrality of transformative technological innovations to economic growth has placed intellectual property (IP) law at the heart of the global information economy—the “new economy.” Michigan State University College of Law’s Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law (IPIC) program offers one of the most extensive programs of its type in the nation.


The program’s full-time faculty members, David Blankfein-Tabachnick,  Adam Candeub, Jennifer Carter-Johnson, James Chen, Nancy Costello, Renee Newman Knake, and Sean Pager offer students in-depth coursework in all areas of IP, including patent, copyright, trademark, cyber law, entertainment, international IP, as well as emerging areas such as informatics and the law.

Our location at a research university with world-renowned science and engineering programs puts MSU Law at the center of technological development. Our faculty works closely with other scholars at MSU to build on the university’s internationally recognized strengths in engineering, computer science, agriculture, and communications to provide our students with a unique interdisciplinary perspective to their legal studies. Our capstone seminar series allows our best IP students to interact with leading IP scholars and practitioners from throughout the country. Through its adjunct professors and outreach efforts, IPIC boasts close connections to Michigan’s intellectual property bar—one of the most active in the country. The relationship has helped launch many of our graduates’ careers.

IPIC in Brief (PDF)