Intellectual Property Law (LAW-670-001)
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Intellectual Property is an umbrella term for sources of law that provide exclusive rights in information. This course surveys the main elements, defenses, and remedies of the four main branches of the field: Patent, Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secrets. It also spends some time looking at rights of publicity. This field is increasingly important to the economy as innovation becomes essential for growth. This course is intended for students who intend for this to be their *only* intellectual property course because they have a primary interest in *other* areas of law or who are unsure about their interest in intellectual property. Students already interested in the field should proceed directly to the foundational courses: Patent Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law, or Trade Secrets.
Textbooks and Other Materials
MERGES, MENELL & LEMLEY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL AGE: 2018; Vols. I and II.
First Class Readings
pp. 36-39 (overview)
pp. 1-4 (note 1) Labor Theory
pp. 7-10 (note 1) Personhood Theory
pp. 12-15 (notes 1, 3, 7) Distributive and Social Justice Theory
pp. 16-24 (notes 1-2); 26-28 Utlitiarian Theory
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