Spring 2012 Course Schedule

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law (LAW-670-001)

Meets: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM (M) - Room 503

Enrolled: 45 / Limit: 45

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First-year elective


Examines the fundamental policies animating intellectual property jurisprudence and the extent to which "intellectual property" is "property." The course explores the underlying policy goals and conflicts internal and external to intellectual property. It also considers the responsibilities of various intellectual property agencies and courts and the relationship between state and federal governments, including the extent to which the efforts of state judges and legislatures to regulate intellectual products might be preempted by federal law. Primary emphasis is on the interrelations of all intellectual property protections; however, students also will study the basic principles and legal rules governing idea protection, the right of publicity, trade secrets, unfair competition, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. In addition, the course treats important areas of proprietary rights such as dilution and moral rights. No technical background is expected or required.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

Author: Merges, Menell & Lemley
Title: Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age
Ed./Publisher: (5th ed., Aspen 2010)
ISBN: 978-0-7355-8913-1

First Class Readings

Please read pages 1-31 of the textbook.
The textbook can be purchased at the campus bookstore or at various places online.