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Spring 2021

Course Description
This course aims to prepare students to practice in general corporate areas where they may have some matters touching on intellectual property. We begin with some of the justifications for the field. We then explore trade secrets in some depth because they are the most common form of intellectual asset. We will then conduct some comparisons of patent, copyright, and trademark law, exploring the ways in which these three bodies of law interact with each other and offer different—sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory—ways to promote creation and usage of information. Finally, time permitting, we will explore how a particular industry deals with issues that arise across doctrinal areas. The course is designed to complement other IP courses. You will probably get more out of it if you have taken one or two of patent, copyright, and trademark law. If you have taken none of those, you might expect to spend some more time figuring out the basics, which we will cover but not in great detail. If you have taken all three of those, you might find some portions of the course redundant. If you would like to discuss whether taking this course fits your academic and career plans, I would be happy to do so.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   TR  10:10 AM-11:25 AM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: 8-hour take home exam.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Basic
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Intellectual Property - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: IP in the New Technological Age
    Textbook Type: E-book
    Requirement: Required
    Edition: Volumes 1 and 2

Additional Materials:
Here is the link: Students will need volumes 1 and 2, but not the statutory supplement.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Read pages 1-39 of the casebook (IP in the New Technological Age: 2020 by Menell, Lemley, Merges, & Balganesh). These will be the readings for our first two classes.

    Lemley, Menell, Merges, & Balganesh: Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2020

    Volume I: Perspectives, Trade Secrets and Patents; ISBN: 978-1-945555152
    Volume II: Copyrights, Trademarks and State IP Protections; ISBN: 978-1-945555169.

    Students can find the relevant information on the books, including how to order them, at:

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    This course will use Blackboard as its online home. The page is not yet live, but it will be in advance of our first class.

    Additional Information:
    Please note that you should access the Zoom for our meetings through the course Blackboard page. That page will be live before our first class. A PDF of the first two chapters of the book is available if you have not yet purchased it.



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-8447
Office: G474