Spring 2013 Course Schedule

IP & Administrative Law Seminar (LAW-795IA-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (T) - Room 103

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 16

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Professor James Toupin was was general counsel of the Patent and Trademark Office and deputy general counsel of the International Trade Commission.

This seminar, which surveys how the federal administrative law affects the patent and trademark system, is an occasion for students to write a research paper about a topic broadly related to the subject of the seminar.

This class is a seminar, which means you have the opportunity and the obligation to engage in independent research on a topic of your choice related to the intersection of the law of federal agencies and intellectual property law, subject to the instructor’s approval. Each student will also be asked to initiate discussion in the seminar of at least one assigned reading or specific topic. Your grade will be based primarily (70%) on the quality of the research paper you write for this class (more on the paper in a moment). In addition, you will make an oral presentation on your topic. Your presentation and class participation count together for 30% of your grade.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

a. Readings: Reinvention's Next Steps: Governing in a Balanced Budget World, http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/npr/library/papers/bkgrd/balbud.html
b. 19 USC 1330-1, 1335
c. 35 USC 1-6, 41-42


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