Intellectual Property in Cyberspace



SLN #: 13106
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 015
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Karjala

Course Description:
This class seeks to delve deeply into current copyright, patent, and trademark topics ("intellectual property") that relate to digital technologies ("cyberspace") by means of a thorough reading of the assigned materials and vigorous class discussion. A willingness to read and think is mandatory, but otherwise no particular background is required. Those who have had some IP already should find their knowledge richer, and those who have no such background may have to do some digging here and there. The goal is for all of us to think hard about real doctrinal and policy problems associated with digital technologies and the internet. I would vastly prefer to do this without the distraction of a final exam or grade. In principle, therefore, I would be prepared to give an "A" to every student who attends, actively participates, and tenders a good paper. Whether I can do this, however, depends on whether more than 50% of the class meet these criteria for an "A" and, if so, whether I can get a waiver from the Dean to give that many "A" grades. So, whatever final curve is ultimately permitted, the final grade will be based 50% on attendance and classroom participation and 50% on a paper relating to any aspect of the course that we discuss (or on an agreed topic). There will be no formal final exam.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval
Skills Requirement: Yes
Prerequisite: Copyright or Commercial Torts recommended
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Paper required
Participation Points: Grades will depend heavily on class participation
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Attendance is mandatory
Online Course Site: Blackboard