278.9 sec. 1 - Intellectual Property Transactions (Fall 2013)
Instructor: Christian Nadan (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 134
Course Start: August 27, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49685
This course covers the myriad transactions involving intellectual property rights in the modern economy with an emphasis on the high technology industry. Increasingly, conventional transactional lawyering involves an intellectual property component; this course is designed to help those students preparing for a career in business or corporate law become comfortable and familiar with intellectual property rights. We will cover the law of ownership of rights (who is vested with rights initially under the copyright, patent, and trademark statutes); assignment of rights, especially in the employment context; licensing transactions (strategic transactions, UCC rights and warranties, shrinkwraps/webwraps, UCITA, open source); antitrust considerations, channel issues, and consulting/development relationships. We will not deal directly with the issuance and validity of rights, instead focusing solely on transactions involving them.
The course will give students the tools and skills they will need to draft and analyze intellectual property agreements. After developing the legal foundation outlined above, we will draw on high level practitioners from leading law firms and local high technology companies to explore the real world of intellectual property practice in fields such as merchandising, digital media, and the Internet. In addition to lectures, students will have the opportunity to apply their new skills to an IP due diligence exercise and a mock licensing negotiation.
Introduction to Intellectual Property, or Copyright Law and Patent Law
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