Working with Intellectual Property: Patents and Trade Secrets (20236). 2 units. This course will examine current issues in intellectual property by focusing on the activities of lawyers who litigate and advise on patent and other intellectual property cases. Casebooks present, debate and evaluate the conclusions courts have reached in significant cases. This course will discuss how lawyers develop the evidence and arguments that lead decision makers to reach their conclusions and will examine working arrangements and disputes that frequently do not make their way into court at all. The course will examine documents such as various kinds of licensing agreements, deposition transcripts, expert reports, briefs, and other "building blocks" underlying reported decisions, as well as applicable statutory and case law authority. Guest lecturers who have had significant influence in shaping intellectual property law will participate in a number of our classes; past visitors have included lawyers who have argued leading cases, a Judge from the Federal Circuit, an author of leading intellectual property treatises, and lawyers representing major industry and policy organizations in the intellectual property arena. Instead of an exam, students will prepare and present reaction papers and problem-solving documents (e.g., protest letters, argument/negotiation outlines, proposed orders for relief, and settlement proposals) throughout the semester individually and as part of a group. Prior experience in intellectual property law is helpful but not required. This course is not a survey of intellectual property law issues. It complements other intellectual property courses offered by the School. Instructor will be able to accept a limited number of papers in satisfaction of the Substantial Paper requirement. Permission of the instructor required. V.A. Cundiff.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among your permission-of-the-instructor selections, please submit a brief statement of interest describing any experience you may have had with intellectual property law and a description of the legal writing you have done or are planning to pursue by 4:30 p.m. on June 25. This information will be used to tailor the course to the participants.