IP curriculum

Antitrust Law
LLM 9200:825, JD 9200:625, three credits
Fundamentals of antitrust; questions of evidence in price fixing and boycotts under the Sherman Act, resale restrictions and tie-ins, scope of antitrust law and certain exemptions

Comparative Intellectual Property Law
LLM 9200:815, JD 9200:715, two to three credits
Approved, not yet offeredStudy of the major differences among nations in intellectual property laws

Computer Law
LLM 9200:811, JD 9200:711, two to three credits
Study of various forms of intellectual property protection for computer programs and computer related inventions

Copyright Law
LLM 9200:803, JD 9200:703, three credits
Study of the law and policy protecting intellectual property through copyright, and enforcing the licensing of copyrights

Current Policy Issues Affecting Intellectual Property Law
LLM 9200:814, JD 9200:714, two to three credits
Study of current policy issues affecting intellectual property law and practice Past offerings have included a focus on Counterfeiting & Piracy, IP Legislation and Legislative Initiatives, among others.

LLM 9200:810, JD 9200:710, three credits
Exploration of legal issues raised by the internet, broadcast regulation and competition policy

Entertainment Law
LLM 9200:882, JD 9200:611, three credits
Covers the law and business of the entertainment industries; it also examines recent national and international developments and trends in the entertainment industries

Intellectual Property Law, Ethics and Practice
LLM 9200:812, JD 9200:712, two to three credits
Approved, not yet offered Study of law and procedures relating to ethical obligations of attorneys and agents involved in prosecuting patent and trademark applications and litigating intellectual property law disputes

Intellectual Property Law Remedies
LLM 9200:819, JD 9200:719, two to three credits
Approved, not yet offered Study of remedies available in intellectual property law disputes

Intellectual Property Internship/Externship
LLM 9200:851/9200:852, JD N/A
Enrollment requires pre-approval of an IP faculty advisor. This course is designed to expose students to a current public policy issue in the field of IP law. It is NOT designed to satisfy the needs of a student's employer, although the issue may grow out of a student's work experience, and is not to be conducted during a student's normal working hours. Students are encouraged to seek an opportunity to work in the public sector on policy and legal issues affecting the law of intellectual property. Students may select to work in such agencies as the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, Congress, the World Intellectual Property Law Association, the World Trade Organization, etc. In consultation with a member of the IP faculty, students must identify a policy issue, conduct research on contending policy arguments and any necessary factual and legal background, and prepare a short (i.e. ten-page) paper summarizing the issue and respective arguments and advocating a resolution of the issue. Where appropriate and otherwise feasible, students are encouraged to seek input from appropriate policymakers and to engage in empirical research. Given the nature of this aspect of the LL.M. program, students normally should not enroll in this component of the program until they have taken, or are taking concurrently, all the required courses for the LL.M. degree.

Intellectual Property Legislation

LLM 9200:813, JD 9200:713, two to three credits
Study of the legislative process relating to the enactment of intellectual property legislation

Intellectual Property Litigation
LLM 9200:809, JD 9200:709, three credits
An introduction to special problems in litigating patent claims

Intellectual Property Master's Thesis
LLM 9200:850, JD N/A, six credits*
Enrollment requires pre-approval of an IP faculty advisor. A capstone writing experience, in which the student chooses a suitable topic with an intellectual property faculty advisor and works independently, as well as with that advisor to produce a written project, 45 - 60 pages in length, worthy of publication. Students will also meet periodically with other LL.M. students to discuss their theses, thus gaining greater insight and creating a community of scholars. Absent prior written approval from one of the members of the law school's intellectual property faculty, the thesis should be written during the last semester of the student's studies. Each thesis topic must be approved in advance by, and be written under the supervision of one of the IP faculty.

*Effective August 2005, the thesis will be a mandatory 6 credit experience. (Those admitted in August 2004 may complete a 3 or 6 credit thesis, but are encouraged to do the 6 credit option).

International Copyright Law
LLM 9200:817, JD 9200:717, one to three credits
Study of major treaties and agreements affecting the international practice of copyright law

International Intellectual Property Law
LLM 9200:806, JD 9200:706, three credits
Study of the major conventions governing the protection of intellectual property internationally and of current policy issues in the field

International Patent Law
LLM 9200:816, JD 9200:716, one to three credits
Study of major treaties and agreements affecting the international practice of patent law

International Trademark Law
LLM 9200:818, JD 9200:718, one to three credits
Study of major treaties and agreements affecting the international practice of trademark law

Introduction to Intellectual Property
LLM 9200:800, JD 9200:700, three credits
An introduction to the policies underlying the protection of intellectual property, and to the major methods of intellectual property protection (patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets) and the types of intellectual property each is suited to

Licensing Intellectual Property
LLM 9200:805, JD 9200:705, one to three credits
Methods of exploiting intellectual property by licensing others to use it; contractual necessities; right and obligations to protect ownership

Managing Intellectual Property
LLM 9200:820, JD 9200:720, one to three credits
Study of how best to manage a company's intellectual property portfolio

Patent Law & Policy
LLM 9200:801, JD 9200:701, three credits
Study of the law and process of patent protection and enforceability and the policies that underlie patent prosecution

Patent Prosecution
LLM 9200:807, JD 9200:707, three credits
The process of researching, preparing and prosecuting valid and enforceable applications to obtain US patents

Seminar: First Amendment Law
LLM 9200:844, JD 9200:644, three credits
An in-depth examination of selected issues concerning the speech, press and religion clauses of the First Amendment

Seminar: International Investments and Commercial Transactions
LLM 9200:891, JD 9200:691, three credits (one credit applicable to LL.M. International distribution requirement)
Interaction of economics, politics and law on investments transcending national boundaries. Using the multinational corporation as the focal point of study, the seminar directs attention to the assumptions, risks, costs and benefits of foreign direct investment; national and international controls over multinational corporations; technology transfer; and the protection of foreign investment through agreements, treaties and adjudicatory processes. Arbitration and judical settlement along with the associated jurisdictional problems and enforcement measures, are considered.

Seminar in Selected Legal Problems
LLM 9200:884, JD 9200:684, one to three credits
May be repeated. Analysis of special or current legal problems offering opportunities for legal research, effective integration of legal and relevant nonlegal materials and expository legal writing

Sports Law
LLM 9200:881, JD 9200:681, three credits
The law affecting sports and players, including contract and liability issues, as well as administrative aspects

Taxation of Intellectual Property
LLM 9200:821, JD 9200:721, two to three credits
Study of the taxation relating to intellectual property

Trademark Law
LLM 9200:802, JD 9200:702, three credits
Study of the law and process of protecting trademarks and trade dress, and the policies underlying the system

Trademark Prosecution
LLM 9200:808, JD 9200:708, two to three credits
Study of law and procedures relative to obtaining and maintaining federal trademark registrations

Trade Secrets
LLM 9200:804, JD 9200:704 two to three credits
Study of protecting intellectual property through common law mechanisms, and on helping clients choose a method of protection suited to their needs and the property

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