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Course Description
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Reading Groups
Additional Course Materials
Links of Interest

 
Course Description
LAW 265, 3 units.

Although the law of intellectual property has historically been deeply intertwined with commerce, trade, technology, culture, and the human condition, recent technological, economic and cultural changes have dramatically elevated its significance. Modern intellectual property law includes such diverse topics as trademarks, trade secrets, patents and copyrights. This course provides a broad introduction to these substantive areas and to the legal reasoning skills involved in intellectual property counseling and litigation that will benefit students whether or not they choose to pursue more specialized offerings. No prior technical background or knowledge is required or expected.

Fall 2014 Syllabus

 
Texts
Merges et al., Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (6th ed. 2012).

You will also need a statutory supplement in some form during the course, including a hard copy of any statutes you will need to refer to during the exam. For this purpose, the "official" Merges supplement will certainly be sufficient, but perhaps not necessary. Alternatively, there is a good public domain statutory supplement available here, but you will be responsible for printing out what you need for the exam, and you should also print out Restatement of Torts 757-59 and California Civil Code 3426-3426.11 (incorporating the Uniform Trade Secrets Act).

 
Additional Course Materials
Burger King in Mattoon, IL
Trademark Priority Handout (Unit 2)
Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent (2nd Cir. 2012)
Two Pesos v. Taco Cabana exhibits
Sealed Crustless Sandwich, U.S. Patent No. 6,004,596
"Patent Prescription," IEEE Spectrum
Patent Disclosure and Ontological Commitment slides (Unit 14)
AIA Videos (USPTO: watch First Inventor to File Changes, videos #1-#4, with accompanying AIA handouts below)
AIA Section 102
AIA Outline and Hypotheticals
Comparison between "My Sweet Lord" and "He's So Fine"
KC Munchkin gameplay
JibJab, "This Land" video
 
Links of Interest
Carolina Law's Intellectual Property Initiative
Information on intellectual property events, writing competitions, scholarships, internships, organizations, and more.

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Includes Law Student Committee, Mentoring Committee, Diversity in IP Law Committee and Job Fair for members.

International Trademark Association (INTA)
Includes an enhanced job bank that advertises student internships. Student membership is not required to conduct a job search.

North Carolina Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law

Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)

 
   
   
   
   
   
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