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Intellectual Property

NOTE: Students are not permitted to enroll in the Intellectual Property Survey if they have already taken: (a) two or more of the following three courses: Copyright Law, Patent Law & Policy, Trademark Law; or (b) one of those three courses and will be concurrently enrolled in one or more of the three courses in the same semester as the Intellectual Property Survey.

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2017-2018

This course surveys the main areas of intellectual property law, including state trade secrecy and unfair competition law, and federal patent, copyright, trademark law. It introduces each subject and explores commonalities and differences among different systems of intellectual property protection. A central theme is the challenges to traditional legal paradigms posed by new technologies and the shift to an information-based economy. The course is intended for all students who seek a basic understanding of the laws applicable to key assets of most businesses, as well as for students interested in becoming intellectual property specialists. Each unit of the course includes a required hands-on exercise to reinforce the doctrine covered during class.

Grades are based primarily on a standard three-hour exam at the end of the semester, as well as on satisfactory completion of the four required hands-on exercises. Class participation may also be considered in grading for the course.

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

Taught by Loren

This course surveys the main areas of intellectual property law, including state trade secrecy and unfair competition law, and federal patent, copyright, trademark law. It introduces each subject and explores commonalities and differences among different systems of intellectual property protection. A central theme is the challenges to traditional legal paradigms posed by new technologies and the shift to an information-based economy. The course is intended for all students who seek a basic understanding of the laws applicable to key assets of most businesses, as well as for students interested in becoming intellectual property specialists. Each unit of the course includes a required hands-on exercise to reinforce the doctrine covered during class.

Each student enrolled in Professor Loren’s class may select to have their grade based on either: (1) a series of four memo assignments completed throughout the semester along with a one-hour multiple choice exam at the end of the semester (limited to 15 students), or (2) a standard three-hour exam at the end of the semester. Student election of the grading method must be made at the end of the first week of class.  If more than 15 students elect to complete the memo assignments, a lottery will be held to determine which students will have their grades determined by the memo assignments and multiple choice exam. Students completing the memoranda will be required to attend three separate sessions focused on writing craft throughout the semester and will be eligible to satisfy the WIE writing requirement. Class participation may also be considered in grading for the course.

Taught by Laakmann

This course surveys the main areas of intellectual property law, including state trade secrecy and unfair competition law, and federal patent, copyright, trademark law.  It introduces each subject and explores commonalities and differences among different systems of intellectual property protection.  A central theme is the challenges to traditional legal paradigms posed by new technologies and the shift to an information-based economy.  The course is intended for all students who seek a basic understanding of the laws applicable to key assets of most businesses, as well as for students interested in becoming intellectual property specialists. 

Evaluation will be by scheduled exam.