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Intellectual Property Transactions (Burton)

Spring 2023   LAW 952-001  

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Desa Burton

Adjunct Professor of Law

Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

25% Participation,
75% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- When you are better, please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

- Please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 112



This seminar is designed to teach the fundamental concepts that arise in intellectual property (IP) transactions. We will analyze the building blocks of agreements, generally, before diving into IP agreements relating to copyrights, trademarks, patents, IP litigation settlement agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional situations and issues (such as joint ventures, bankruptcy, and the like). Throughout the course, we will be visited during the beginning or end of a class session by practicing law firm and in-house attorneys who will impart their expertise and wisdom on IP transactions. If there is time in the schedule, students will work on a final group project relating to a hypothetical IP transaction that will combine many of the key concepts discussed during the course. Prerequisites: Although students may be concurrently enrolled in other IP courses, students must have completed at least one, if not more, class(es) in basic IP law concepts such as copyright, trademark, and/or patent law. Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. Grades: Grades will be based upon one research paper and class participation. There will be optional experiential assignments provided to students which will not be graded. Class participation will be demonstrated by students' contributions to regular class discussions and activities.

Course Concentrations

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.


"Drafting Contracts, How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do" by Tina L. Stark
Edition: 2d ed. 2014
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
ISBN: 9780735594777