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277.1 sec. 1 - Trade Secrets (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Michael Jacobs (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: M 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: January 10, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49916
This course will explore the theory and practice of trade secret law. Unlike most of intellectual property law, which is a creature of federal legislation, trade secret law is rooted in state common law and evolved under the influence of the Restatement and uniform law movement. We will discuss how the state law origins of trade secret law affect its development and how trade secret protection fits into the intellectual property system. We will closely read the seminal cases in trade secret law. We will also discuss the practical aspects of counseling clients and litigating and trying trade secret disputes, and explore the roles of judge, jury, and courts of appeal in such cases. Students taking the class should be prepared to read carefully several cases and statutes for each session, to monitor trade secret issues in the news, and to discuss -- perhaps distinctively as compared with other law school classes -- issues facing practitioners in this area.
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