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There are similar programs like Intellectual Property Rights degree in law schools or graduate schools of intellectual

Many prestigious universities provide good IP or patent-related education.
One unique point that KAIST-MIP offers, compared to those universities is that the program is based upon technology and management, and that students are shared the know-how and practical experiences by professors who have years’-worth of enriched IP-related experiences in the field.
If you refer to the professors’ profiles, you will notice that not only did they receive prestigious education, but also they have international practical experiences that not many people have in Korea.
Aside from the theoretical education, the curriculum organized to share such experiences and know-how with the students is another unique advantage that KAIST-MIP offers.

What benefits do I have if I graduate from KAIST-MIP?

Securing intellectual property and resulting IP-related practices now expand beyond the borders to across the globe, thanks to free trade which has abolished borders and tariffs, and the rapidly developing technology.
Therefore, internationally, the demand for intellectual property experts is soaring globally.
We assure you that KAIST-MIP is the best practical education program for intellectual property, and is the first of such kind in Korea. Our graduated alumni will soon definitely be in the spotlight both domestically and internationally.

Does KAIST-MIP study intellectual property issues within Korea, or international intellectual property issues?
Although South Korea is an economically developed country that ranks 14th in the world economy, but it is at the same time a small economy with population size smaller than 45 million. The amounts of compensations paid for intellectual property disputes of giant companies are also not as large.
Most intellectual property disputes of large scale of companies in Japan, the second strongest nation in intellectual property, and global companies of South Korea such as Samsung and LG, are taking place in the U.S. The reasons why such legal disputes are focused in the U.S. is of course because it is a battlefield where companies conflict to capture shares of the U.S. market, the biggest market in the world, and because the compensations decided by U.S. courts amount astronomical values. Therefore, the KAIST-MIP curriculum focuses on practical international intellectual property centered around the U.S.
Moreover, the curriculum is organized so that it doesn’t miss out on intellectual property in the EU, Japan and China, and intellectual property issues within Korea, which forms the basis of understanding the international IP practice.
Our professors are veterans of Korean, and international IP practice. Our lecture notes and textbooks are taken from those used in American and European field practice.
I studied liberal arts. Can liberal arts majors enter KAIST-MIP?
The mission of KAIST-MIP is to nurture intellectual property experts with legal, technological and management mindset.
Therefore, students learn beyond the boundaries of liberal arts and engineering on their own, and are provided with theoretical and practical education from law school, engineering school and business school.
There is no discrimination between the student’s major in KAIST-MIP admissions.
The first class of KAIST-MIP is comprised of 50% of students with liberal arts background, and 50% of students with engineering background.
I think that the network between alumni and peers is important in programs like MIP. How is the composition of students
You can see related information on the students list on our program website.
40% of the students are lawyers and patent attorneys, 40% of the students are patent officers in companies, and the rest include judges, prosecutors, journalists, etc.
Seeing this, you will realize the power of peer network. Of course, the 40,000 alumni of KAIST will all be your alumni network.
What is the trend of practical education in intellectual property like in developed nations?
Although the history of professional intellectual property doesn’t date back a long time, successful professional IP programs are being introduced in the U.S., Japan and Europe.
In many cases, such programs are run as a part of law schools, and IP-related degrees and subjects are growing in various engineering and business universities.

KAIST-MIP’s full time and part time professors are comprised of lawyers/patent attorneys/IP officers from top Korean law firms (e.g. Kim & Chang, BKL, Firstlaw, HMP Law) and companies (e.g. Samsung & LG), and most professors majored in related fields in prestigious IP programs and law schools abroad. Students of KAIST-MIP can be taught advanced and professional knowledge and skills through our prestigious faculty, without having to invest too much time and resource or move far away from their work and family.
The curriculum for KAIST-MIP looks too tight and intense. Do we have to complete the degree within two years?
It is not just saying, but is a fact that KAIST properly educates students.
We believe that adjusting the quantity and quality of education according to the students’ individual situations is not a desirable direction, as practical education for intellectual property is directly connected to the students’ current and future careers.
The curriculum is inevitably intense, as the professors need to teach and students need to learn three arenas of law, technology and management, and two years is not at all long enough.
To become an esteemed expert after graduation, students must develop strong internal stability.
However, we are aware of, and thus cannot ignore the burden on students having to pursue their careers and study for the degree in parallel, so we don’t require all students to complete KAIST-MIP within two years.
Are there any industry or IP-related organization workshops in the curriculum?
For those students who can make time on weekdays, field practices at industries or patent offices are possible in their second year.
Also, you have chances to gain global insights through workshops abroad and special lectures prepared in collaboration with law firms, patent offices and patent attorneys associations of IP-focused countries like the U.S., EU, China and Japan.
Do I need practical experiences to apply for KAIST-MIP?
KAIST-MIP pursues practical education in intellectual property.
Therefore, it does help in admissions and academics if you are doing IP-related work at your work or business.
For those of you who are willing to change your career paths, you can start without any experience. However, you will need to be prepared for it.
I heard that the lectures are held on weekends. Can I still continue with my job while taking the course?
Currently, 100% of the students in first class of KAIST-MIP enrolling in the program are working and taking the course in parallel.
Of course, it is tough. However, they are enduring with the determination to become a global intellectual property expert through this tough time.
What are the prospects of IP like?
A degree in IP will prove for you that you are a certified person with multilateral analytical and application skills for IP practice. For students who will work in the field of law or patent offices, the program will provide you with opportunities to do beyond simple domestic prosecution and litigation, and become an expert for strategic IP consulting, international IP trade and litigation. For those of you working as patent officers at companies, the program will help you to grow beyond simple practical officers to professional IP businessmen.
I want to know about the tuition fee and scholarship programs for KAIST-MIP
A. Every student receives scholarship worth 50% of tuition fee (through tuition fee reduction), so the amount each student has to pay is 4,500,000 KRW per semester.
Therefore, total tuition fee for the two-year program is 18,000,000 KRW.
For scholarship programs, please refer to the web page below.

Does KAIST-MIP have linked systems with degrees from prestigious universities abroad?
KAIST-MIP has signed an MOU with Northwestern Law School, which ranks within top 10 law schools in the U.S., and is running a dual degree program to nurture experts in IP, international trade and dispute settlement. World-renowned full-time professors at Northwestern University provide lectures in KAIST-MIP. If you apply for the MIP-LLM dual degree program, you can earn a dual degree of Northwestern LLM – KAIST MIP.
Moreover, we are in partnership with non-degree program recognized by the American Bar Association for those of you who are aiming for Washington D.C. Bar, and with online JD program approved by California state court for those of you aiming for California Bar. For KAIST-MIP students who are interested, we provide special benefits in their admissions.