U.S. Patent Practice

The master's degree in U.S. Patent Practice prepares students who have a science or engineering background to practice as patent examiners working for the United States Patent and Trademark Office or for similar agencies in other countries.

At Webster University, U.S. Patent Practice students learn the fundamentals of legal reasoning and gain an understanding of the legal environment in which individuals, businesses and the judiciary operate. Webster's faculty teach students to apply legal research and writing toward practical issues and use the fundamentals of intellectual property law in patent litigation. 

Graduate students earning a U.S. Patent Practice master's degree develop competency and marketability in the program while learning the art of patent drafting. In addition, this program helps professionals prepare for taking the Patent Agent Bar Examination.

Points of Distinction

  • Faculty who practice in the field provide the most current subject information.
  • State-of-the-art technology and systems prepare you for the most current job demands resulting from dynamic changes in the business world.
  • Curriculum designed to provide graduates with a competitive career advantage.

U.S. Patent Practice Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

Additional Information

Please note that the MS in U.S. Patent Practice degree program does not administer the Patent Agency Bar Examination. The administration of the examination is the exclusive province of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The MS in U.S. Patent Practice is not approved by the American Bar Association and is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals.

*Pursuant to the General Requirements Bulletin for Admission to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, patent agents must possess the “legal, scientific, and technical qualifications necessary to enable him or her to render applicants for patents valuable service.” Section 10.7. See Section 10.7 for educational credentials that can demonstrate the required scientific and technical training. Students in this program are entirely responsible for ensuring that they qualify to sit for the Patent Agent Bar Examination. For more information, please visit>http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/examregist.htm