Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Intellectual Property and Federal Agency Law (LAW-795IA-001)
James Toupin

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (T) - Yuma - Room Y404

Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 22

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Note: Will next be offered in Fall 2019. Assessment:Paper;Class Participation;Presentations.


This seminar surveys the law underlying how the federal government is organized to address intellectual property rights. We will address the law underlying the institutions that grant them, federal agency enforcement of rights, the government’s development and use of intellectual property, consumer protection and antitrust regulation of the use of IP. The principal agencies considered are the US Patent and Trademark Office and the US International Trade Commission, as well as the Copyright Office, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the US Trade Representative, and several offices of the Justice Department. We will stress how these entities are granted authority in IP area and how the processes by which they operate are shaped both by IP-specific law and by administrative and other general legal requirements. We will address how the various Executive Branch and independent agencies interact in policy making, as well as how they relate to Congress and the courts. The instructor is a former general counsel of the US Patent and Trademark Office and deputy general counsel of the US International Trade Commission. He will provide detail on how these entities interact.

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