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278.77 sec. 1 - Advanced IP: Theory & Policy of Property in Information, Knowledge & Culture (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Talha Syed  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Th 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 136

Course Start: January 12, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49963


IP laws shape the production and distribution of information, knowledge and culture in our society. The focus of this seminar is to clarify and deepen our grasp of the legal-analytical tools and theoretical perspectives relevant to evaluating patent, copyright, trademark and related legal regimes. Drawing on legal theory, economic analysis, and political philosophy we will examine a number of central IP issues from a range of perspectives, including normative theories of labor/desert, economic incentives, personhood interests, and semiotic democracy, as well as theories of market structure and social production.

Prerequisites:
Students must have taken at least one prior course in intellectual property (such as an IP survey course, or a course focusing on patents or copyright or trademarks).

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
Law and Economics
Legal Theory and History
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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