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ML: Technology Law and IP for Non-Lawyers (Cloak)
Fall 2020   LAW 506-301  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 5:30PM - 8:15PM
Silverman Hall 245A

Trevor Cloak

Lecturer in Law

Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Expository Writing

15% Participation,
25% Exam,
45% Paper,
15% Other (One in-class presentation)

Short Answer,
Take Home,

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:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

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

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

Masters in Law


In today's digitally-connected world, technology has become integral to almost every business and protecting one's intellectual property has become a top priority. Simultaneously, emerging technologies raise questions not readily answered by existing legal precedent and introduce novel ethical quandaries with which professionals must grapple.

Accordingly, professionals in almost every discipline can benefit from a deeper understanding of the legal and ethical frameworks applicable to everyday decision-making vis-à-vis technology. Not only must professionals understand the laws that apply to their products, services, and technological innovations, which can be difficult given that these legal constraints often involve a considerable amount of indeterminacy, but also they are frequently subject to ethical obligations specific to their profession or, in any event, must contend with difficult questions of morality.

This course will introduce the key legal and ethical principles pertaining to technology that many professionals need to know. A distinctive feature of this course is that it presents issues from the bottom up, the way that they would be experienced in the real world, using real, current, and cutting-edge examples. Major topics will include the impact of potential liability of product design, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property; data privacy; technology licensing; and the proper bounds of employment relationships with respect to intellectual property. The primary focus will be on in-depth classroom discussion exploring how to make decisions in the face of multiple and ambiguous sources of normative and legal obligations.

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.