Courses offered in Intellectual Property Law include:
For course descriptions, please see the Course Catalog.
An in-depth analysis of selected areas of copyright law. Prerequisite: Copyright Law (LAW 701).
This course will examine the intellectual, personal and cultural property issues raised by the ownership and management of art and artifacts by discoverers, creators, museums, and institutions.
This course will explore intellectual property issues raised in the area of life sciences, centering on medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, including the intersection of regulatory and patent law in the development of generic drugs. The course will cover such topics as industry standards for protection of inventions, patent vs. trade secret protection, copyright and trademark considerations in the regulated industries, licensing, and IP portfolio management. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Patent Law (LAW 703) is recommended.
This course is designed for students who wish to develop the practical skills necessary to understand, negotiate, and prepare contracts, thereby better preparing themselves to meet the demands of parties actually engaged in business deals. Specifically, the course will examine, from the perspective of the corporate lawyer, topics such as the process by which a company's business is acquired.
This course examines various aspects of the rights of celebrities, including the origin of protection, the philosophy of protection, scope of protection (both pre and post-mortem), remedies, defenses, and limitations on those rights under state and federal law in the United States, and compares the treatment of those issues in the U.S. with the treatment of analogous rights and issues under the laws of other countries, treaties (such as the European Convention on Human Rights), and agreements such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Analysis of statutes and treaties governing rights in original works of authorship (such as books, plays, movies, paintings, sculpture, music, sound recordings and computer software), including protected subject matter, works made for hire, infringement, fair use, moral rights, federal preemption of state law, and remedies.
This international and comparative course introduces students to Cultural Property Law concepts globally. The course explores comparative policy, practice, ethics, rights and perspectives. Areas examined may include international agreements, laws, disputes and debate concerning the disposition and preservation of cultural property and heritage. Specific topics may include: cultural property and the law of war, the international cultural property debate, the illegal transfer of cultural property, archaeological looting, museum policy, historic preservation, the law of underwater cultural heritage, and indigenous cultural heritage appropriation and protection.
An examination of the legal aspects of entertainment, including requirements for contracts and agreements between parties involved in the industry.
This class focuses on the legal aspects of financing feature films. The first topic addressed is the acquisition and protection of creative content, including: clearances, chain of title, options and the screenplay agreement. Following is an analysis of why most films lose money, the calculation of gross and net receipts, as well as the details of accounting in the film industry. Specific film financing models are discussed. The course concludes with a discussion of international co-productions, foreign film grants and tax driven film funds.
Examines problems involved in representing clients in pretrial and at trial in intellectual property cases, including factual investigation, negotiation, and specialized discovery and evidentiary problems. Special emphasis will be placed on the interrelationship between various types of intellectual property. Prerequisite: At least one of the core courses - Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to intellectual property concepts in the context of a global economy. The topics covered illustrate not only the application of legal principles, but the impact the treatment of intellectual property rights has on a broad range of social and political interests.
This course explores the major topics of U.S. patent law, seeking a solid general education in patent law concepts and procedures from a practical and policy perspective. Topics covered include patentable subject matter, requirements for patent validity, patent infringement, and damages.
This course examines a wide range of legal issues and relationships in the sports industry, including player negotiations and contracts, leases, licensing, leagues, franchising, and intellectual property issues in sports law.
Video games are one of the fastest-growing segments of the entertainment industry today. This class will focus primarily on intellectual property law through the lens of video game-related litigation, and will address the ways in which video games and the video game industry shape law and society. It will also address the video game business, the structure and form of video-game-related legal transactions, and other current legal issues surrounding video games, such as the First Amendment, privacy, and child protection.