Intellectual Property for Engineers and Artists

Colorado School of Mines

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)

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»  Office Hours:  By appointment: Tuesday 5:00 PM, or scheduled on request.

»   Textbook: REQUIRED: Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition), by Stephen M. McJohn, ISBN: 9781543806212

»   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)

Reading Assignment:

  • Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition),  S. McJohn.  Chapter 1 The Contours of Intellectual Property Law

  • Rockman excerpt (Click Here)

In Class Materials

Week Two (January 14, 2020): Copyright (Introduction) 

Reading Assignment:

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
  • Originality
  • Independent Creation
  • A Minimal Spark of Creativity
  • New Works (Especially Factual Works, Compilations,
  • and Derivative Works) May Incorporate Nonoriginal Elements
  • Copyright Estoppel
  • Copying Unprotected Material Is Not Infringement
  • Work of Authorship
  • Categories of Works
  • Literary 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
  • Sound Recordings
  • Architectural Works
  • Compilations (Works Created by Assembling Other Works or Information) and Derivative Works (Works Based on Existing Works) Are Also Copyrightable
  • Compilations
  • Derivative Works
  • Fixation
Supplemental Materials (reviewed in class)
  1.  Disney Parody “A Fair(y) Use Tale”
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  3. The United States Copyright Office
  4. Samples:
    Copyright Reg “A Long Night”

Week Three (January 21, 2020):

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 6 Patentable Subject Matter:  pp 247 – 270 

In Class Resources:
  1. Patent Summary and Page Notes
  2.  Luther Burbank
  3. Mining:  Alfred E. Nobel: An Invented Explosive Patented
  4. Madame Curie
  5. Medicine:  The X-Ray, or Machines using X-Ray

Week Four (January 28, 2020):

USPTO Lecture.
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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:
  1. Overview
  2. Overview of Copyright Law, including Case Cite examples
  3. Applied Copyright (infringing use)
  4. Digital Content
  5. Lotus v. Borland Case Study
  6. DMCA Issues (two links):  Overview; Historical Ref.
  7. Copyright Application
  8. John Fogerty rips himself off

Week Six (February 11, 2020)

QUIZ:  Copyright Law
Assignment:  Examples & Explanations for Intellectual Property (Sixth Edition),  S. McJohn.  Chapter 7 The Contours of Intellectual Property Law
In Class Materials:
  1.  Google v. Oracle ; Amicus Brief (US)
  2. Innovation
  3. Invention – Electronic “tattoo”
  4. Provisional Patent Applications


Week Seven (February 25, 2020)

Be sure you are conversant on Week Six Assign:  Chapter 7 of the textbook.
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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
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Trademark Applications – Group TM development.

Week Ten (March 17, 2020) – Cancelled (Corona Virus response)

Spring Break (March 24)

Week Eleven (March 31, 2020): 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).

Trade Secrets. Reading Assignment:

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Week Twelve (April 7, 2020):   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)

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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)

Week Fourteen (April 21, 2020): Student Business Plans (applied to group IP projects). Quiz 3 on week 11-13 (online)

Week Fifteen (April 28, 2020) – Course content review for Final Exam (online – multiple choice and short answer)