The Graduate Institute for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is unique in Taiwan because it is attached to a law school, affording it access to a wealth of legal education resources. The institute is focused on creating exceptional IPR practitioners or enabling advanced legal study for graduates.
Characteristics of the Institute
Based on a traditional legal foundation, the curriculum concentrates on IPR content including comparative legal studies, IPR strategies, and litigation. Combining theoretical analysis and hands-on experience, the curriculum equips students with critical thinking skills. In addition, the institute offers seminars for IPR researchers, whereby small groups of students work closely with the faculty on legal research.
Internships and International Exchange
During summer and winter breaks, students are required to complete internships at the Taipei District Court, Intellectual Property Court, Petitions and Appeals Committee, and Ministry of Economic Affairs. In addition, the institute holds academic conferences with practitioners and scholars from the United States, Europe, and Japan. Since the signing of the sisterhood agreement between Shih Hsin University and Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), outstanding students have participated in an intensive summer IPR program organized by OIT, during which students can interact with renowned lawyers and entrepreneurs. The English-based program has proven to be demanding but valuable to students.
After graduation, students find employment at law firms or enterprises as IPR lawyers, patent attorneys, and IPR specialists. However, they can also follow the traditional career path to become judges, prosecutors, non-IPR lawyers, or paralegals.