Department of Master of Intellectual Property (MIP)
In April of 2005, the Tokyo University of Science established its Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) program to stand alongside its Management of Science and Technology (MOT) program within the Graduate School of Management of Science and Technology. Because intellectual property is closely linked to business management in many areas, it is important to develop human resources capable of resolving issues from a realistic management standpoint. With this in mind, the MIP program is aiming to provide a new type of education that mingles theory with practice in a manner never before seen.
The MIP program targets a wide range of people without regard for vocation or field of specialty, from people already working in society who have specific knowledge of intellectual property issues to inexperienced workers who have only recently graduated from undergraduate or graduate programs. Moreover, the program has a broad curriculum that allows individual students to acquire knowledge and skills that meet their objectives. The curriculum simultaneously helps students fully acquire basic knowledge pertaining to intellectual property law systems as well as a well-balanced footing in both theory and practice through firsthand contact with intellectual property-related policymaking and corporate strategy development. The MIP faculty is comprised of some of Japan's most prominent authorities in the field. It includes academic experts on intellectual property law education and personnel having long experience of practice both in Japan and abroad in administration of intellectual property in the private sector, government, and legal community.
Graduates of the program can be expected to gain employment in a broad range of areas pertaining to intellectual property. Specific jobs begin with identification patentable inventions at R&D sites, obtaining protection for these inventions and collection and analysis of relevant intellectual property information on competitors. They also extend to license negotiations for the strategic application of intellectual property in business, M&A and alliance negotiations and valuation of intellectual property. Also included are professional practitioners engaging in these jobs.
In order to ensure that such highly specialized human resources can fulfill their duties, students must acquire more than knowledge of intellectual property. They must also receive comprehensive education that covers related management, technical, and legal aspects from an international perspective. It is with this in mind that the MIP program offers a systematic curriculum that includes and absorbs the diverse characteristics of students so that such requirements can be met. This is one of the most significant features of the program.