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Intellectual Property and Technology Law

Antitrust Law

Course Description:

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the federal antitrust laws dealing with restraints of trade, monopolization and mergers. We will examine the history of these laws and of their development in the courts; current doctrine and the legal and economic theories that underlie it; the analytical tools of the trade; and the sufficiency …


Biotechnology Law and Policy

Course Description:

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining many of the legal, business, ethical, and policy issues raised by the biotechnology industry. This course is structured around a “molecules-to-market” framework, tracing the issues that a biotechnology company encounters throughout the path of its development. Particular attention will be placed at the start-up phase, with ample …


Computer Crime and Surveillance Seminar

Course Description:

This course explores the legal and policy issues that judges, legislators, prosecutors and defense counsel confront in response to computer-related crime and computer-related surveillance.  In particular, it considers how conduct in cyberspace challenges traditional approaches to the investigation, prosecution and defense of criminal conduct in physical space. Topics include: applying the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, …


Copyright Law

Course Description:

This course will provide an in-depth view of U.S. copyright law, the legal regime governing rights in original works of authorship (books, music, movies, artworks, photographs, software, etc). Topics covered include: copyright’s underlying policies and theoretical framework, the requirements for copyrightability under the Copyright Act, the bundle of rights that make up copyright, fair use …


Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic

Course Description:

The EBLC offers a mix of clinical work with start-up businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs, and an academic component about transactional and business law topics. Students practice preparedness to form a legal entity after interviewing the client, reviewing their business model, and in-class collaboration; then, preparedness to address the primary legal needs of new businesses, issues …


Intellectual Property Law

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to various forms of “intellectual property,” with particular focus on (1) copyrights, (2) patents and (3) trademarks/service marks/trade dress and the basic range of issues in each these areas of law. The course also discusses trade secret protection.


International Intellectual Property Seminar

Course Description:

This course will examine issues related to the international protection of intellectual property. The course will survey various agreements and treaties for copyright, patent and/or trademark, focusing on the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In addition to exploring the basic concepts of territoriality, national treatment, …


International Trade

Course Description:

This course will provide background on the dynamics and the legal framework governing and impacting international trade. We will examine key trading treaties and the backgrounds leading up to these arrangements and resolving disputes under them. We will take a deeper dive into the alphabet soup known as WTO, TRIPS and GATS/TRIMS. We will examine …


Law and Economics

Course Description:

Why and when should property be privately owned? How can a legal system minimize the social costs of accidents? Should the state regulate pollution? If so, how? What is the socially appropriate punishment for a crime? Why do we even need the law of contract? What are the purposes of default rules? This course examines …


Law and Genetics

Course Description:

This class provides an opportunity to examine the process by which law responds to rapid changes in scientific knowledge and technology and also the ways in which law affects the course of scientific development. In addition to gaining a perspective on this interaction between the development of law and science, the course aims to give …


Law and Social Science

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the use of social science evidence by legal practitioners and courts at all levels. Such evidence is used, for example, in cases involving issues of trademark infringement, obscenity, discrimination, identification of criminal offenders, potential jury prejudice, eyewitness reliability, sexual assault, self-defense, dangerousness, and the fashioning of remedies.  Despite its now …


Law of Cyberspace

Course Description:

The Internet changes everything. Or does it? Courts, legislatures, and regulators have all had to face this question in dealing with cyberspace. Determining how existing legal concepts should apply, if at all, to cyberspace is a problem that recurs in numerous areas of law. This course will explore this problem in several different areas, including, …


Patent Law

Course Description:

This course will cover the basic elements of patent law, including patentable subject matter, utility, novelty, non-obviousness, claims, disclosure and enforcement of patents — all in light of the recently enacted America Invents Act. There is no expectation that students in the class will have the technical knowledge to prosecute patents.


Patent Prosecution

Course Description:

This course will focus on patent prosecution practice and will combine a study of case law and the rules and regulations applicable to patent applications. The course will cover issues of compliance with U.S.C. sections 102, 103, and 112; claim drafting; how patent applications are processed; and how to respond to various actions by the …


Privacy

Course Description:

In recent years there has been an explosion in laws relating to data privacy, driven by the growth of the Internet and public concerns about how sensitive data will be handled. This course will examine the legal, technological, and political developments that have occurred in the data privacy area. Topics will include: theories of privacy; …


Trademark

Course Description:

Trademarks have become both ubiquitous and intimately familiar in our modern society — from business to sports to entertainment and technology, such marks as the Nike swoosh, the McDonald’s golden arches and the Pixar hopping desk lamp are instantly recognizable and meaningful to people of all ages. As a result, the creation, enforcement and limitations …