Introduction to Intellectual Property 275.3

IPNTA 5th Ed. Case Supplement

Class Meeting Time
:
MTuTh 2:15 - 3:15 PM in Room 140

Instructor:
Robert P. Merges
438 Boalt Hall (North Addition)
510-643-6199
rmerges@law.berkeley.edu        

Office Hours:
Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:15 PM; and by appointment

Admin. Assistant:
Lisa Henderson; lhenderson@law.berkeley.edu, Boalt Hall North Addition 428 (643 5005)

This course is intended both for students who are interested in a general overview of intellectual property and as a gateway to Boalt's Law and Technology program. The course begins with an analysis of the competing policies underlying the intellectual property laws. It covers the basics of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets (and other state IP-related areas of) law, as well as some of the salient controversies in intellectual property law, including patent protection for software and business methods, the challenges to copyright law posed by filesharing technology, the role and difficulties of protecting trademarks on the Internet, and the application of common law doctrines to the Internet.

Required Reading:
• Merges, Menell & Lemley, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (5th
    edition, Aspen 2010) (IPNTA).
• Merges, Menell & Lemley, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2011 Case and
   Note Supplement (Aspen 2011) ( 2011 Supp).
Supplementary Course Reader (CR)

Syllabus PDF

 Date

 Topic

 Materials; Statute; Problems

M 1/9
PPT

Course Introduction

Overview

Casebook pages 1-31
 

 Patent Law

 
Tu 1/10
PPT

Patent Overview

Subject Matter

125-34

§101, 134-46

Th 1/12
PPT
Subject Matter §101, Bilski, 2011 Supp. pp. 3-27; Note, 163-165.
M 1/16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday  
Tu 1/17
PPT
Utility 166-180
Th 1/19
PPT
Enablement & Written Description §112; 180-191; Ariad v. Eli Lilly, 2011 Supp. pp. 28-48.
M 1/23
PPT
Novelty and Statutory Bars §102; 209-216; 216-224
Tu 1/24
PPT

Priority

Non-Obviousness

230-235; Notes, 2011 Supp. p. 49.

§103;  235-247

Th 1/26
PPT
Non-Obviousness (cont’d) 247-256
M 1/30
PPT
Infringement Analysis
 • Claim Construction, Literal Infringement

§271, 267-294

295-299

Tu 1/31
PPT
Doctrine of Equivalents
Indirect Infringement: Inducement

300-318

Note, 2011 Supp. pp. 49-51.

Th 2/2
PPT

Defenses

Remedies

343-362; 2011 Supp. pp. 51-52.

§§283-87; pp. 377-399

 

Copyright Law

 
M 2/6
PPT

Overview

Requirements - originality

411-420

420-431, 442-46, §§101 (definition of “created”) §102(a)

Tu 2/7
PPT

Requirements continued - fixation, formalities

Limiting Doctrines (idea-expression)

431-441, §101 (definitions of “created,” “fixed,” “compilation,” “copies,” “phonorecords,” “literary works,” “motion pictures,”   “audiovisual work,” “sound recording,” “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works”); §§401 -12 (skim)

441-448; 460-463, Problems 4-4, 4-5

Th 2/9
PPT

Limiting Doctrines continued (useful article)

Government Works

Ownership
 • Initial Ownership
     • Work Made for Hire

464-478, §§101 (“useful article,” “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works,”), 102(b), 120, Problems  4-6, 4-7, 4-8

§105

487-497; §§ 101 (“work made for hire”), 201, 202

M 2/13
PPT
Joint Works and Collective Works 497-508
Tu 2/14
PPT

Ownership

 • Duration; Division, Transfer, and Termination of Transfers

 Infringement
 • Right to Copy

508-518, §101 (“joint work”), (“collective work”), §201(c)

519-526,  §§302-05

Th 2/16
PPT
Infringement
 • Right to Copy and Limits
527-557, §§201(d), 203, 204, 205
M 2/20 No class – President’s Day  
Tu 2/21
PPT

Infringement continued

Derivative Work Right

Other Exclusive Rights

557-566

567-581

Th 2/23 No class.  
M 2/27
PPT

Indirect Infringement

Defenses: Fair Use

581-592

592-606

Tu 2/28
PPT
Defenses: Fair Use (cont’d) 606-634
Th 3/1
PPT
Digital Copyright I 652-664; 666-684

M 3/5
PPT

Digital Copyright II 684-702; 702-713 Copyright Act §101 (“computer program”)
Tu 3/6
PPT
International Issues; Remedies 713-722; 722-732
 

Trademark Law

 
Th 3/8
PPT

Introduction

Establishing TM Protection

733-740; 740-764
M 3/12
PPT
Establishing Protection (cont’d)

764-777

Lanham Act §§ 45 (“commerce,”“use in commerce,” “trade name,” trademark,” “service mark,” “certification mark,” “collective mark”), 43(a),

Tu 3/13
PPT
Priority 777-793
Th 3/15

Trademark Office Procedures

Incontestability

796-810

810-816

M 3/19
PPT
Infringement 816-837
Tu 3/20
PPT
Dilution 838-853
Th 3/22
PPT

Extension by Contract

Domain Names and Cybersquatting

Indirect Infringement; False Advertising

855-859; 859-878

Tiffany v. eBay, 2011 Supp. pp. 53-66; IPNTA pp. 878-890

3/26 - 3/30 No Class: Spring Break  
M 4/2
PPT

Defenses

Remedies

890-900; 900-911; 919-925; 929-942

947-953.

State Law: Trade Secret, Contract, Misappropriation, Right of Publicity

 
Tu 4/3
PPT

Trade Secret – Overview

Trade Secret -- Requirements

33-39

39-49

Th 4/5
PPT

Trade Secret -- Requirements continued

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
 

49-58

58-84

M 4/9
PPT
Departing Employees 85-111
Tu 4/10
PPT
Remedies, Criminal Liability 111-123
Th 4/12
PPT

Introduction, Misappropriation

Clickwrap Agreements

963-976

977-985

M 4/16
PPT
Clickwrap Agreements (cont’d); Idea Submissions
985-1001
1001-1012
Tu 4/17
PPT
Idea Submissions (cont’d); Right of Publicity

1012-1020
1020-1026

Th 4/19
PPT
Right of Publicity (cont’d) 1026-1051
M
4/23
PPT
Federal Preemption 1064-1073
Tu 4/24
PPT
Preemption (cont’d) Montz v. Pilgrim, CR; Barclay’s Capital v. Theflyonthewall.com, CR
Th 4/26 Review