Intellectual Property, Intro

This course will survey the three big areas of legal protection for intellectual property: copyright, patent, and trademark law.  It also reviews trade secret law briefly.  We study the legal rules and also the economic and moral justifications for giving legal protection to intellectual creations and information goods.  While this is not a technology-oriented course, it does explore some of the more important intellectual property issues raised by recent technological developments, especially in the digital and Internet environment.  The course is well suited for students already committed to a career in IP law who want an overview of the field, as well as students who seek to learn more before deciding whether to pursue IP professionally and students who just find the field interesting and want an introduction.  The grade in the class will be based on an in-class final exam.


Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:15 - 3:22 pm TNH 2.138
Exam Type Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 12/11/19 1:30 pm 2.123

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable

Textbooks

  • Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2016 Volume 1 - Robert Merges, Peter Menell & Mark Lemley
      do not purchase used versions , edition: most recent
      ISBN: 13: 978-1945555008   (required)
  • Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2016 Volume II - Robert Merges, Peter Menell & Mark Lemley
      do not purchase used versions , edition: most recent
      ISBN: 13: 978-1945555015   (required)