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Intellectual Property Law

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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – 9020 – (3)

An introduction to the legal rules and principles that specify the authority and structure of administrative agencies, determine the validity of administrative actions and decisions, and define the relationships between administrative agencies and other organs of government, particularly the courts. The course will address topics such as delegation and separation of powers, obtaining judicial review, procedural due process in the administrative context, standing, ripeness, mootness, exhaustion of remedies, and rule-making authority and procedure.

COPYRIGHT LAW – 9365 – (3)

This course is a comprehensive overview of copyright law fundamentals. Subjects include copyright registration, fair use, and infringement under both the 1976 and 1909 Copyright Acts.

COPYRIGHT AND MUSIC – 9367 – (3)

This course explores copyright law while focusing on the aspects of the law which pertain to musical works. As a prominent feature of the class structure, local musicians are guest speakers and performers.

ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS LAW – 8255 – (3)

An examination of the legal problems encountered in the production, marketing and distribution of literary, musical and artistic properties; the negotiation and drafting of related contracts; and the production of creative works.

GLOBAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW – 8014 – (3 credits)

An advanced Intellectual Property (IP) class, “global” in both its international perspective and in its advanced consideration of policy concerns behind IP law. The course will include an overview of the major international agreements governing the exchange and protection of intellectual property on the international market. Some aspects of comparative law will be covered (e.g. droit moral) while retaining a focus on the major conventions and treaties (Berne, Paris, Madrid, TRIPs, EU harmonization) impacting both domestic regulation and international exchange of IP. A critical analysis of the US system will also be included, focusing on copyright term extension and trademark protection backlashes, and other emerging issues.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – 8222 – (3)

This course is foundational course for Intellectual Property. It provides a survey of the law as it relates to the protection of products of the mind, including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and patents. The course will familiarize students with both federal and state schemes and prepare students to identify the appropriate form of protection for a variety of situations.

PATENT LAW I – 9361 – (3)

Patent law is a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of patent law. Subjects covered include patentable subject matter, conditions for a valid patent, procedures in the patent office, amendments and correction of patents, and litigation procedure, remedies, defenses, and judgments.

PATENT LAW II – 9363 – (3)

Pre-requisite: Patent Law I.

This course is a continuation of Patent Law I and focuses on the meaning and function of patent claims as property definitions and patent prosecution, including conduct giving rise to the unenforceability of a patent; post-grant procedures; infringement of a patent, including claim interpretation and acts giving rise to infringement.

PATENT CLINIC – I – 8226 – (3)

Pre-requisite: Patent Law I or substantial related work experience as approved by the instructor.

The Patent Clinic consists of a course and practice component within the same semester. The course will familiarize students with the basics of patent application practice before the U.S. Patent Office. Students will learn search and application procedures for patent applications and understand the basics of the search process and prerequisites for patenting. In the practice component, students will interview and screen potential clients, prepare patent search analyses and advisory memorandum, and will learn the basics of patent application writing.

TRADEMARK CLINIC – CLASSROOM 8223 – (3)

Pre-requisite: Intellectual Property Law or substantial related work experience as approved by the instructor.

This course will familiarize students with the basics of trademark application practice before the USPTO. Students learn how to search for a desired trademark, application procedures and the requirements for federal registration. Students will prepare a sample trademarks search analysis and application is the primary course work for the class. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

LICENSING AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS  – XXXX – (3)

This course covers the basic principles of licensing which apply to the more complex methods of exploiting intellectual property.

TRADEMARK CLINIC I – USPTO – (3)

Prerequisite: Trademark Clinic Classroom.

TRADEMARK CLINIC II – USPTO – (3)

Prerequisite: Trademark Clinic I.