(LAWF-4035) - 3 UNITS

This course surveys the main areas of intellectual property law - patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The purpose of the course is to provide a comparative and broad-based understanding of this important area of law. To accomplish this purpose the course will explore aspects of doctrine and policy of each these distinct systems of intellectual property protection, paying special attention to their commonalities and differences. The course is directed to students who have an interest in intellectual property generally, and who are looking for a basic understanding of intellectual property law. It is not directed to students who are interested in a more specific treatment of the subject matter (for example, those interested in pursuing an IP practice of some type). Those students are strongly encouraged to enroll in one or more of the area-specific courses such as Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, or other more specific courses as offered (for more assistance, see Students who have taken this course may subsequently take one or more of the more specific IP courses (i.e., Patent Law, Trademark Law, or Copyright Law); however, a student who has taken any of these courses may not subsequently take this survey course without permission of the Associate Dean.