Intellectual Property for Engineers and Artists: HASS 498C
Prof. Rich Levine (Adjunct), Room (Alderson Hall 230): Tuesday evenings 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Jan. 7, 2020 through May 8, 2020)
» Email: Rich@lawrl.com
» Office Hours: By appointment: Tuesday 5:00 PM, or scheduled on request.
» Grade Composition: Attendance and Class Participation (25%); Project (25%); Quizzes (25%); Final exam (25%).
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Week One (January 7, 2020)
Course Overview (expectations ~ book/readings, project, quizzes and final)
Introduction to US Law and Legal Systems (Constitution, Statutes, Regulations, Courts, Administrative bodies.
Introduction to Intellectual Property (overview of concepts; process)
Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), S. McJohn. Chapter 1 The Contours of Intellectual Property Law
In Class Materials
Week Two (January 14, 2020): Copyright (Introduction)
Chapter 2 Subject Matter: Creative Expression, “No Matter How Humble, Crude, or Obvious” ( Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), S. McJohn)
Justifications for Copyright Law
Economic Bases for Copyright
Philosophical Justifications for Copyright
The Legal Structure of Copyright
A Minimal Spark of Creativity
New Works (Especially Factual Works, Compilations,
and Derivative Works) May Incorporate Nonoriginal Elements
Copying Unprotected Material Is Not Infringement
Work of Authorship
Categories of Works
Musical Works, Including Any Accompanying Words
Dramatic Works, Including Any Accompanying Music
Pantomimes and Choreographic Works
Pictorial, Graphic, and Sculptural Works
Motion Pictures and Other Audiovisual Works
Compilations (Works Created by Assembling Other Works or Information) and Derivative Works (Works Based on Existing Works) Are Also Copyrightable
Supplemental Materials (reviewed in class)
Disney Parody “A Fair(y) Use Tale”
Bound by the Law
The United States Copyright Office Samples:
Copyright Reg “A Long Night”
Week Three (January 21, 2020):
Reading Assignment: Chapter 6 Patentable Subject Matter: pp 247 – 270 In Class Resources:
Alfred E. Nobel : An Invented Explosive Patented
Week Four (January 28, 2020): USPTO Lecture.
Week Five (February 4, 2020) (Copyright con’t)
Reading Assignment: PP Pp 114 – 117, 119- 125, 134-137, 143-149, 171-178 (Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), S. McJohn)
Group Project Assignments
In Class Resources:
Week Six (February 11, 2020) Assignment: Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), S. McJohn. Chapter 7 The Contours of Intellectual Property Law
In Class Materials:
February 18, 2020 – NO CLASS (CAMPUS OBSERVES PRES. DAY)
Week Seven (February 25, 2020) Be sure you are conversant on Week Six Assign: Chapter 7 of the textbook.
Week Eight (March 3, 2020) – Introduction to Trademark Initial drafts of Prov. Patent Apps (Group submissions) due (send via email – including online access)
Reading Assignment: Assignment: Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), S. McJohn. Chapter 10 The Contours of Intellectual Property Law
Week Nine (March 10, 2020) – Trademark (Con’t) Reading Assignment: Assignment: Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), S. McJohn. Chapter 12 The Contours of Intellectual Property Law
Trademark Applications – Group TM development.
– Cancelled (Corona Virus response) Week Ten (March 17, 2020)
Spring Break (March 24)
: On-line (via Zoom) lecture discussion 1 hr (5:30 to 6:30); Student PPA breakouts 1 hr (6:30 to 7:30); Students TM breakouts/TM search, define class of goods, prep app (7:30 to 8:30). Week Eleven (March 31, 2020) Trade Secrets. Reading Assignment:
: Quiz 2 (online 5:30 to 6:15). Lecture on Zoom (6:30 to 7:30) Student Groups to submit final Prov. Patent Apps. Review of TMs. (7:45 to 8:30) Week Twelve (April 7, 2020)
Week Thirteen (April 14, 2020): Lecture on Zoom (5:30 to 7:00). Non-disclosure Agreements; Business Plans and Companies. Student Breakout on business plans (7:30-8:30)
: Student Business Plans (applied to group IP projects). Quiz 3 on week 11-13 (online) Week Fourteen (April 21, 2020)
– Course content review for Final Exam (online – multiple choice and short answer) Week Fifteen (April 28, 2020)