Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering (Clayton)
W 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 320
This course acclimates students to the perspective of intellectual property as a business asset and teaches how to use the law and lawyering skills to achieve business objectives. The course is particularly suited for students who plan to become corporate transactional lawyers and seek a deeper understanding of laws applicable to key assets of most businesses, as well as for students who plan to become intellectual property specialists and seek a broader understanding of the context in which they will practice.
Underscoring the core corporate lawyering principle that lawyers must know their clients’ businesses to represent clients most effectively, the course explores the strategic utilization of intellectual property laws in an organization’s business objectives. For example, we will examine when and how corporations use trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and patents to advance and protect their products and services in the marketplace. Examples include the business assessment underlying an enterprise’s decisions regarding its trademark strategy, when to pursue patent protection versus trade secret protection as well as the interplay between these protections, and how to navigate the ever-changing legal terrain that surrounds many new technologies.
Students will have the opportunity to prepare and present strategy recommendations and relevant intellectual property filings for business case studies and hypothetical scenarios. Students must complete a final group project and write an end of semester paper. An introductory intellectual property course is a prerequisite.
Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
"Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer: A Transactions-based Guide to Intellectual P" by Sharon K. Sandeen