SMNR: Intellectual Property, Science & Technology

Science, technology, and, more generally, new forms of information are crucial drivers of economic growth as well as important enablers of human flourishing. But they can also present social challenges, including in the design and implementation of laws to promote and regulate their use. Such laws include intellectual property laws for copyright, patent, and trademark. This seminar will involve examination and discussion of current research relating to intellectual property, science, and technology. Most classes will feature a guest speaker who will present a paper. Each student will be required to write short, analytical responses to most of the presented papers, plus a somewhat longer, revised response to one of the papers. Each student will be expected to play an active role in class discussions. Classes without a guest speaker will generally involve preparatory work on the subject matter of papers to be presented later. Neither technical training nor any specific course is a prerequisite, but prior or concurrent enrollment in a course on intellectual property is recommended.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.129
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed


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