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Spring 2021

Course Description
This is a three credit course organized as an independent paper aggregation (IPA). Students will write papers of sufficient length, necessarily involving substantial research and revision, to count toward the Law School’s writing requirement. Paper topics will address questions of current interest associated with intellectual property law. Papers on patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secret law qualify; papers that primarily address other areas of the law may be permissible and should be discussed in advance with the professor.

For the first three weeks, we will meet to explore issues that have arisen in recent court decisions, as well as topics drawn from developments in technology, arts, entertainment, and science. During this time, students will be expected to develop their own paper topics, and may (but not need) use this introductory material to do so.

In the fourth week, students will present proposed paper topics for class discussion. Students will then write preliminary memoranda identifying issues to be addressed in the paper, relevant statutes, caselaw, and other formal authority, and also pertinent commentary. First drafts will then ordinarily be turned in within four weeks. Following conferences, students will prepare subsequent needed drafts until papers are satisfactorily completed. There will be a final deadline for papers; grades will be lowered for any papers submitted after the final deadline.

This course is a synchronous internet offering. Course meetings will occur regularly at the outset of the course and as noticed thereafter. Individual meetings -- via internet conference or email -- will be scheduled as required.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   TR  4:10 PM-5:25 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: One course in intellectual property (e.g., Patent, Copyright, Trademark, IP for Business Lawyers) or professor permission in light of relevant work or life experience (e.g., experience as a patent agent or in copyright licensing business)
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
New Course
Course Delivery:
Online (synchronous and asynchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please download Evernote, available here: One of the things we'll do this semester is learn how to use this software to organize our research. Much of our first meeting will be a tutorial during which I show you what I do with it and you get started working with it. In addition, the syllabus will include links to several useful resources. You should skim through those and read or watch the ones that interest you. This is especially important if you do not yet have a topic--many of the linked resources suggest ways to find good student paper topics, and others contain links to other resources that suggest ways to find good student paper topics. There are also resources devoted to writing well, and to thinking about legal scholarship. Please spend some time looking through them before we meet on Tuesday. I have attached the syllabus here, and it will be available on our Blackboard page too.

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    This course will use Blackboard as its online home. Please log in to the page and make sure it works for you before we get started.

    Sawicki IP IPA 2021 Syllabus.pdf



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