Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property (IP) law deals with intellectual property rights which are rights given to people over the creations of their mind. To put it simply, IP laws ensure that the creator of a design for example, has exclusive rights over the use of his/her design for a certain period of time.
Today, IP laws are commonly understood in terms of copyrights violations, piracy, etc. When a lyricist's lyrics are used without his/her permission by a famous artist, it becomes a front page news, giving IP law related issues media coverage. This goes on to show how this field of law has become one with commercial law, communications law, computer and internet regulation and more. This widens the scope of employment for those with specialty in intellectual property law.

Career Prospects

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 10% growth in the number of jobs for lawyers from 2012-2022. In addition to law firms, IP lawyers are hired by the US federal and state governments, commercial companies, internet regulators and more. Record companies and movie production companies have their own in-house IP lawyers. As human mind never ceases to create, the desire to cut corners and be famous without putting in hard work also never ceases to exist, therefore increasing the demand for IP lawyers.