275.3 - Introduction to Intellectual Property

Meeting Time:
MTuW 11:15-12:30

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

Admin. Assistant:
Chris Swain,  793 Simon Tower (642‑0503)

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.

Class Meeting Times:
The class will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 11:15 am - 12:20 pm in Room 100.

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1 – 2:20; or by appointment

Required Reading: 

  • Merges, Menell & Lemley, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (5th rev. edition, Aspen 2010) (IPNTA).
  • Merges, Menell & Lemley, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2009 Case and Statutory Supplement (Aspen 2009) (Supp).
  • Syllabus and Supplementary Course Reader (CR) (available on course website)

Course Web-Site:
    ·  Updated Syllabus
    ·  Course Reader
    ·  Casebook website, which contains summaries of recent developments in intellectual property law

Grading
Grading is based primarily on an in-class open book examination.  The exam will be divided into three sections: Part I will comprise a series of multiple choice and/or short answer questions where you will be asked to fill in your answer on the examination form; Part II will present a conventional fact pattern and questions for which you will be required to prepare a concise memo explaining your analysis; Part III will be a policy-oriented question.  Examples of the types of questions for which you will be responsible are contained throughout the casebook in the form of problems and in the ASP materials.  Class participation will be used as a factor in determining grades for students who are near the P/H and H/HH borderlines.  In addition to the casebook, supplement (Supp.), and course reader (CR) assignments, students should be sure to review the relevant statute sections and carefully work through the problems listed for each class session.

Syllabus

Date

 Topic

 Materials; Statute; Problems


M 1/11
PPT
               


Course Introduction

Overview


Casebook pages 1-31

 


PATENT LAW


Tu 1/12
PPT


Patent Overview

Subject Matter


125-34

§101, 134-46


W 1/13
PPT


Subject Matter


§101, Problem 3-1 147-163


M 1/18


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


Tu 1/19
PPT


Utility


166-180


W 1/20
PPT


Enablement & Written Description


§112; 181-191, 195-201


M 1/25
PPT


Novelty and Statutory Bars


§ 102; 209-216; 216-224


Tu 1/26
PPT


Priority

Non-Obviousness


230-235

§103; 235-247


W 1/27


Non-Obviousness (cont’d)


247-256


M 2/1
PPT


Infringement Analysis
· Claim Construction, Literal Infringement


§271, 267-294

295-299


Tu 2/2
PPT


Doctrine of Equivalents


300-318


W 2/3
PPT


Defenses

Remedies


343-362

§§283-87; 377-398


COPYRIGHT LAW


M 2/8
PPT


Overview

Requirements - originality


411-420

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


Tu 2/9
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


W 2/10
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 2/15


President’s Day


Tu 2/16
PPT


Joint Works and Collective Works


497-508


W 2/17
PPT


Ownership

 · Division, Transfer, and Termination of Transfers

 Infringement
 · Right to Copy


 

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

519-526, §§302-05


M 2/22
PPT


 Infringement
 · Right to Copy


527-557, §§201(d), 203, 204, 205


Tu 2/23
PPT


Infringement continued

 · Derivative Work Right

Other Exclusive Rights

 


557-566

567-581


W 2/24
PPT


Indirect Infringement

Defenses: Fair Use


581-592

592-606


M 3/1
PPT


Defenses: Fair Use (cont’d)


606-634


Tu 3/2
PPT


Digital Copyright I

 


652-664; 666-684

 


W 3/3
PPT


Digital Copyright II


684-702; 702-713 Copyright Act §101
(“computer program”)


M 3/8
PPT


International Issues; Remedies

 


713-722; 722-732


TRADEMARK LAW


Tu 3/9
PPT


Introduction

Establishing TM Protection


733-740; 740-764


W 3/10
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)


M 3/15
PPT


Priority


777-793

 


Tu 3/16
PPT


Trademark Office Procedures

Incontestability


796-810

810-816


W 3/17
PPT


Infringement


816-837


3/22-26


Spring Break


M 3/29
PPT


Dilution


838-853


Tu 3/30
PPT


Extension by Contract

Domain Names and Cybersquatting

Indirect Infringement; False Advertising


855-859; 859-878



878-890


W 3/31
PPT


Defenses

Remedies


890-940

947-953


Monday, April 5 & Tuesday April 6: No Class
Classes Rescheduled


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


W 4/7
PPT


Trade Secret – Overview

Trade Secret -- Requirements


33-39

39-49


M 4/12
PPT


Trade Secret -- Requirements continued

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets


49-58


58-84

 


Tu 4/13
PPT



Departing Employees


85-111


W 4/14
PPT


Remedies, Criminal Liability


111-123


M 4/19
PPT


Introduction, Misappropriation

Clickwrap Agreements


963-976

977-985


Tu 4/20
PPT



Clickwrap Agreements (cont’d); Idea Submissions


985-1001

1001-1012


W 4/21
PPT



Idea Submissions (cont’d); Right of Publicity


1012-1020

1020-1026


M 4/26
PPT


Right of Publicity (cont’d);


1026-1051


Tu 4/27
PPT
PPT



Federal Preemption

TM Fair Use and Parody


1064-1073


TBA


Review


Exam