About The Academy

The Academy

Academy of Intellectual Property Law

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law offers post-graduate degree and diploma programs in several fields of intellectual property law. As such, the essence - the raison d'être - of the Academy is the common goal of all members to achieve passing marks on licensing examinations in the fields of patent law and trademark law.

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law supports legal research, conferences and endowed lectures on intellectual property law, worldwide. Research emphasis is on emerging legal issues derived from new technologies, proprietary business methods, e-commerce, and the Internet.

Academy of Intellectual Property Law is not affiliated with University of Oxford.

Type of Institution

Private Post-Secondary Degree-Granting Educational Institution, operating under Article 8 (commencing with Section 94900), pursuant to California Education Code Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8, Section 94900, of the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act of 1989.

Membership

Academy of Intellectual Property Law is a member of the International Association of Law Schools.

RECOGNITION

The Worldwide Academy of the UNITED NATIONS World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has written, inter alia, "We attach great importance to the activities of the Academy of Intellectual Property Law," and has stated a willingness "to collaborate in the promotion of IP education in the future."

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law is a significant intellectual resource for students seeking to prepare for careers in intellectual property law, worldwide.

COOPERATION

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law is committed to future cooperation with the Worldwide Academy of the UNITED NATIONS World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), the Global Network of IP Academies, the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Global Intellectual Property Academy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the promotion of IP education in the future.

ADMISSIONS

Post-graduate students of any age, and from any country, preparing for careers in intellectual property law are admitted into the degree and diploma programs. Travel grants and merit scholarships are available for overseas students.

TEACHING STYLE

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law features Oxford-style small group tutorials. The style is oratory, repetitive, and highly interactive.

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law tutorials are intense learning experiences. The tutorials are intended to clarify the intent and true meaning of law (so-called "black letter law"). The tutorials examine public-policy implications and procedural issues of the law only insofar as they are likely to be encountered on bar examinations.

Dr. Geissler analyzes actual test questions that have been encountered on prior bar examinations. The analysis starts with a careful reading of the facts provided, followed by legal issue spotting. Then, we review and apply the rule of law to the particular set of facts, leading to the conclusion.

Limited Enrollment

Due to the highly interactive format of the tutorial sessions, enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty-four students. A minimum enrollment of twelve students is required; the average enrollment is eighteen students.

English Language

Owing to the intense pace of the tutorial sessions, enrollment is generally limited to students with excellent English-language skills.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Limited scholarship funds are available for outstanding students. Scholarships are awarded from time-to-time in the amount of £1,200 on the basis of merit, namely, on the likelihood of the student's future success in the field of intellectual property law. Scholarship funds are not granted on the basis of financial need.

TRAVEL GRANTS

International students are eligible to apply for £600 travel grants to be applied towards air travel.

REFUNDS

Students who withdraw from the course within the first week may request a partial refund. A pro-rata refund of tuition shall be made within ninety days. However, application fees, matriculation fees, and the cost of educational materials cannot be refunded. Furthermore, students who receive scholarships or travel grants are not permitted refunds in excess of fees paid in the event of their withdrawal from the program.

History

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law has its origins in the 1990's at the University of Cambridge where Dr. Geissler tutored European law students in the idiosyncratic "First to Invent" American patent system.

In 2000, Dr. Geissler revived the tutorial series in Washington D.C. for prospective employees of Geissler & Associates, the patents and trademarks consulting firm.

Following several years with an enviable 100% passing rate on the U.S. patent bar, many encouraged Dr. Geissler to offer tutorial preparation to the ever-growing population of highly-trained engineers and scientists who prepare to sit the U.S. patent bar and the European patent bar. These exceptional candidates have chosen to embark on a uniquely demanding and exciting career that combines scientific training, a deep understanding of technology, and a working knowledge of a very specialized part of the law.

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law is dedicated to their success.

The Academy of Intellectual Property Law also offers the most comprehensive training program on Irish & European Trademark Law to be found anywhere in the world. The aim in establishing such an extensive program in Irish & European Trademark Law is to cover the whole of the subject at a depth that will ensure success in "EUROPEAN TRADEMARK ATTORNEY" professional licensing in this, most wonderful, of subjects.