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278.6 sec. 001 - Intellectual Property, Technological Disruption, and Social Justice (Spring 2018)

Instructor: Peter S. Menell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

    Course Start: January 09, 2018
    Course End: April 20, 2018
    Class Number: (Non-1Ls): 40797

    Enrollment info: Enrolled: 18
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 24
    As of: 07/03 08:08 AM


    For nearly all segments of American society and a growing portion of the world, life increasingly revolves around intellectual creativity, technological disruption, entrepreneurship, and the digital domain. Intellectual property has driven technological change, but it has at times hampered cumulative creativity”building on pioneering inventions and works. The digital/information and bioscience revolutions ”encompassing the Internet, file-sharing (Napster), social media (Facebook/Twitter), online advertising, the sharing economy (Uber, Lyft, Airbnb), CRISPR, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, and AI”have transformed society and the planet. These changes have profound ramifications for social justice”from access to life-saving genetic information, medical diagnoses, and treatments to the control of knowledge dissemination, creative freedom, electoral politics, military/weapon capability and strategy, biological diversity, climate change, and distribution of wealth and opportunity. Increasingly rapid technological advances portend further imaginable and unimaginable disruptions to come.

    This seminar explores the policy tensions and social justice ramifications associated with technological disruption. It will feature several guest scholars discussing their particular fields of expertise as well as debates to explore the deeper tensions posed by technological disruption. The early sessions will explore themes running across technological disruption and social justice: the role of intellectual property, network economics, philosophical perspectives, and access to medicine. After the introductory sessions, the seminar will examine particular disruptive technologies”including CRISPR, AI, file-sharing, online/targeted advertising, renewable energy”and the role of particular institutions”diversity within Hollywood and Silicon Valley, academic publishing, and the role of corporate trade secrecy. The final sessions will return to AI and CRISPR.


    Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


    Prerequisites:
    Introduction to Intellectual Property

    Requirements Satisfaction:


    This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.


    Exam Notes: (P+) Course requires a series of papers.
    Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
    This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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