To earn a Certificate in General Intellectual Property, a student must complete the eighty-six (86) semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must fulfill the following
Complete at least fifteen (15) credit hours from the listed Intellectual Property courses
Complete the courses listed under one of the following two options:
Required Courses Option 1
Required Courses Option 2
Choose two from the list below, one must be a seminar or practicum:
*Satisfy the senior seminar requirement. Please note that not every seminar is offered every year.
+Courses marked with a + are considered "Practicum" courses
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SURVEY
(3 hrs) Surveys the legal interests recognized by American law in intellectual and artistic creations. Legal problems involved in the economic exploitation of intellectual and artistic property rights also are discussed. No credit if completed Intellectual Property: Copyrights and Trademarks (LAW 339).
LAW 339 is a prerequisite for this class.
This course is designed for two types of students: (1) those who intend to practice in the area of patent law specifically; and (2) those who plan to enter into a generalized intellectual property practice. Students explore concepts and selected problems in patent law and examine the impact of policy considerations on patent statutes and jurisdictions. The course covers all substantive aspects of patent law, including patentable subject matter; patent disclosure requirements; patentability requirements; infringement - both literal and under the doctrine of equivalents; defenses; and remedies.
This course will provide an in-depth study of the theory and application of copyright law. Subjects include copyright history and theory, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, renewal and reversion, ownership issues, and a study of the interface between the economic aspects of copyright and the personal interests of authors.
TRADEMARK & UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW
(2 credits) This course will be a substantive and procedural discussion of the creation and enforcement of trademark rights and the rights conferred by statutory and common law under the general rubric of unfair competition law. Topics may include trademark law (including dilution), misappropriation of trade values and trade secrets, regulation of false and deceptive advertising, interference with contracts and trade relations and the right of publicity.
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR
(3 hrs) Required for JD. The student must write an in-depth paper of Law Review quality on a topic of the professor's choosing.
(3 hrs.) This course deals with issues relating to the organization and operation of the music industry. The course covers the principal statutes governing the industry and considers issues relating to the interests of both artists and recording companies.
BIOTECHNOLOGY PATENT STRATEGIES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
(3 hrs) Designed for students with an interest in the biotechnology aspect of patent law. Covers enablement, utility, claim drafting, means plus function language, obviousness, and the patentability of nucleic acid sequence and expressed sequence stages.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR CORPORATE TRANSACTIONAL LAWYERS
(3 hrs) For students interested primarily in a corporate practice. Focuses on issues a corporate practitioner should be aware of regarding transactions involving the transfer of intellectual property assets or technology, such as the sale and licensing of intellectual property generally, licensing software, Internet law, advertising clearance and litigation.
LAW 105 is a prerequisite for this class.
3 credit hours. This course provides a survey of selected topics in the rapidly evolving area of law applied to cyberspace and the internet. The course touches upon numerous areas of substantive law such as intellectual property, torts, jurisdiction, and privacy and the First Amendment, explores how courts have applied the law to the internet, and raises the important policy questions underlying the application of law to this new medium.
LAW OF FILM AND TV PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
(3 credit hours) This course will take students through the principal steps of actual production and distribution of Film and Television properities and will examine the legal issues presented at each stage of production and distribution. In addition to the prerequisites, Entertainment Law (357) or Music Law (333) are recommended prior to registration in this class.
(3 hrs) Focuses on various aspects of entertainment law practice including performance contracts, managers and agents, recording and publishing agreements and music licensing.
(3 hrs) Deals in depth with several areas not covered by the basic course in antitrust: mergers and joint ventures; the Robinson-Patman Act; international antitrust; and the relationship between patent and copyright, on the one hand, and the antitrust laws, on the other. Students are provided with problems from current antitrust cases in these areas and are asked to analyze and argue these problems in class. 3 credit hours.
LAW 402 is a prerequisite for this class.
(3 hrs) Legal drafting courses on various topics give students an opportunity to hone their research and writing skills on an advanced legal. Students may take one course per semester. All courses are limited enrollment.
ADVANCED PATENT LAW
Required for a Certificate in Intellectual Property with a Patent Specialty. Provides a more practical perspective and application of the doctrines covered in the basis Patent Law course. Among the topics covered are patent searches, claim drafting, re-examination and reissue considerations, design patents, international patents, and licensing. 3credit hours.
LAW 447 is a prerequisite for this class.
LAW AND THE MASS MEDIA
(3 credit hours) Focuses on media law that affects journalism regulation of the media business. Topics include media and first amendment theory; prior restraint, regulation of media business, obscenity, commercial speech, private actions against the media, defamation, privacy and copyright, news-gathering, subpoenas and searches, access to information, and access to judicial proceedings, and broadcasting (content regulation and cable and new technology).
(3 credit hours) Reviews the powers and procedures of federal, state and local administrative bodies as they affect private parties, including administrative jurisdiction, adjudication, rulemaking, methods of decision, rules of evidence and judicial review.
LEGAL CLINIC II
(3-6 hrs) Students work in one of the clinic modules under the supervision of a clinical attorney concentrating on real life problems with real clients and organizations. Instructor's permission required.
2 or 3 credit hours. This program is designed to give upper level students practical experience in an externship with a public agency, non-profit organization, member of the judiciary, or for-profit organization, such as a private law firm or in-house counsel for a corporation. Upper level students, who have at least 28 credit hours and a GPA of 2.0, may apply to participate. Participants are accepted on a case by case basis. Externships are unpaid. No student can receive more than 3 credit hours per semester and no more than 9 credit hours toward their JD degree if 3 of those credits are earned during a summer placement. Otherwise, students are limited to 6 credits hours total. A placement for 3 credit hours is expected to complete 180 hours of work whereas 120 hours of work is expected for a 2 credit hour placement.,
PATENT LAW MOOT COURT
(3 credit hours) Students will be required to write both an appellee and an appellant brief on a topic related to patent law. Competitions are based on an advanced problem-orientated study in patent law. Selected students must register for the course. Instructor's permission required.
ART AND THE LAW
(3 hrs) Focuses on issues concerning legal issues and the arts. Includes the international regimes for copyright protection, comparison of different national copyright systems, and definition and treatment of artists' (moral) rights in their works. Ethical and legal aspects of international trade in art objects and antiquities, national and international attempts to control such trade, and issues involved in protection of cultural property and cultural resource management, as well a conflicts of law in the recovery of stolen art works.