Intellectual Property, Intro

This course will survey the fundamentals of the three main federal fields of intellectual property law: copyright, patent, and trademark law. Time permitting, we will also discuss some state law theories, such as trade secret law and publicity rights. In addition to the legal doctrines, the course will examine economic as well as other philosophical justifications in order to allow a better grasp of the current law and possibilities for reform. Although new technology is not the main focus of the course, the class will examine some of the more important intellectual property issues raised by recent technological developments, especially in the digital and internet environments.


Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:37 am TNH 3.125
Exam Type Date Time Alpha Range Room
Take-home 5/2/18

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Not Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable

Textbooks

  • Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: Volume I Perspectives, Trade Secrets and Patents - Peter Mennel, Mark Lemley. Robert Merges
      Clause 8 , edition: 2017
        (required)
  • Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: Volume II Copyright Trademarks and State IP Protections - Peter Mennel, Mark Lemley. Robert Merges
      Clause 8 , edition: 2017
        (required)