Intellectual Property and Technology Law Curriculum

We offer a robust curriculum in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. We cover a wide variety of topics while drilling down deep into the core issues.  We both foster critical thinking with cutting-edge, conceptual knowledge and nurture the development of practical skills with hands-on clinical and problem-based learning.      

Introductory IP Courses: 

Each of these five courses offers a comprehensive overview of a different area of Intellectual Property (IP).

  • Copyright and Related Rights: Copyright provides IP protection for the creative expression embodied in almost any art form, including music, visual art, literature, and movies.
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Trademark provides IP protection for symbols that indicate the source of goods in commerce.  For example, APPLE (as applied to computer products) and NIKE (as applied to sporting goods) are trademarks.
  • Patent Law: Patent provides IP protection for technological innovations in industries like information technology and pharmaceuticals.
  • International Intellectual Property: Although IP is granted and protected on a national, country-to-country basis, international treaty obligations shape IP protection in each country.  In today’s global economy, the international dimension of IP is becoming ever more important.
  • Survey of Intellectual Property: This course provides an overview of all of IP, condensing copyright, trademark, patent law, and several state law doctrines (including trade secrecy) into a single semester. 

Upper-Level IP Courses: 

These podium classes, skills classes, and seminars build on the capabilities students develop in the introductory courses.  They allow students to dig deeper into particular types of IP protection and gain greater familiarity with specific IP careers.

  • Advanced Patent Law: This course examines recent developments in patent law.  The reading is largely cases from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court that were decided within the last two years.
  • Patent Drafting: This course teaches students to draft patent claims and prepare and prosecute patent applications. 
  • The Business of Patents: This course focuses on the patent law from a client-side, business perspective. 
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution: This applied skills course offers practical experience in dealing with pretrial and trial litigation issues unique to patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation.
  • Intellectual Property Moot Court Team:
    • Patents & Copyrights
    • Trademarks & Unfair Competition
  • Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software: This course examines how IP protection for computer software continues to evolve.  It focuses on recent case law impacting how software may be protected with copyrights, patents and trade secrets.
  • Intellectual Property Seminar: This course requires students to research and write an original scholarly paper.  The IP Seminar focuses on different topics in different years. 
  • IP Licensing and Technology Transfer: This course explores the issues and techniques involved in (1) planning for intellectual property and information technology licensing and technology transfer transactions, and (2) drafting supporting legal documents. You will develop an understanding of how to draft clear and comprehensive legal documents for his course will explore the issues and techniques involved in (1) planning for intellectual property and information technology licensing and technology transfer transactions, and (2) drafting supporting legal documents.
  • Trademark Practice: This course offers practical skills training and techniques for the four phases of trademark practice: acquisition of rights, enforcement of rights, and exploitation and transfer of rights.
  • Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting and Negotiation: This applied skills course offers practical experience in dealing with transactional issues unique to the practice of entertainment law.

IP Clinics & Externships:  

These capstone courses give students hands-on experience in the practice of IP law with real clients.  Students usually take these classes in their 3L year.

  • Intellectual Property and Nonprofit Organizations Legal Clinic
  • Patent Law Externship
  • Semester in Practice Externship

Information Law and Privacy:  

  • Information Privacy Law: This course serves as an introduction to the emerging field of "information privacy law," tracing the origins of privacy from the famous 1890 Harvard Law Review article by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis to the modern problems of privacy in the information age. 
  • Civil Liberties in Cyberspace Seminar: This seminar focuses on emerging issues of civil liberties in cyberspace, with special attention paid to freedom of speech and privacy in the age of social media. 
  • Speech, Press & the Constitution: This course introduces students to the theoretical and practical issues in the constitutional law of free expression. 
  • Law and Policy of Electronic Information: This course provides an overview of electronic information law, information policy issues and information compliance methodology.
  • Censorship and Free Expression: A Practitioner’s Guide: This course examines one of the key battlefields of the nation's culture wars: the legal skirmishes over so-called dirty words and dirty pictures that have tested the limits of free expression under the First Amendment. 
  • Media Litigation: This course addresses the nature of litigation practice as it applies to mass media clients, most notably representation of the press.

Medical Technology and Health Law:  

  • Bioethics and Law: This course examines the intersection of law and ethical issues raised by advances in medical technology.
  • Genetics Ethics, Law and Policy Seminar: This seminar examines the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by developments in genetics.
  • Regulating Drugs and Other Medical Technologies: This course addresses regulatory and policy issues related to the control of medical technology. 
  • Health Law: This survey course introduces students to the legal issues related to quality, cost, and access to healthcare. 
  • Legal Advocacy in Health Law and Policy Seminar: This seminar examines pressing issues in healthcare law and policy and hones students’ skills in legal analysis, writing, and advocacy. 
  • Organization and Regulation of the Healthcare Enterprise: This course examines how the complex business of health care finance and delivery is structured by an array of regulatory and statutory requirements.

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