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Spring 2019 Intellectual Property Class Descriptions

Antitrust (LWBC503)

Instructor(s): Staff

3 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Business and Corporate Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Public Interest Law (JD), Intellectual Property (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

Antitrust law governs the way companies compete with each other. It aims to promote competition by prohibiting anticompetitive conduct. Antitrust is a foundational course for students interested in business law. This course studies the primary federal laws, the Sherman Act and Clayton Act, and teaches principles relevant to state antitrust law as well. The course covers economic concepts but is not a class in economics as such. A midterm and final exam will be given.

Note: There are limitations on Intellectual Property (JD) concentration eligibility. Please check the Intellectual Property Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Intellectual Property Concentration (JD)

Art Law (LWIP505)

Instructor(s): Staff

3 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), International Law (JD), Intellectual Property (JD)

Some legal problems of the art world encountered by artists, art middlemen, and museums. Some of the following topics will be considered: art in wartime, the international art trade, the artist's rights in works, artistic freedom, the collector's security, the tax collector, and the museum as trustee and entrepreneur. This course draws from doctrines in many fields, including contracts, property, torts, constitutional law, administrative law, tax, intellectual property, and international law.

Note: There are limitations on Intellectual Property (JD) concentration eligibility. Please check the Intellectual Property Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Intellectual Property Concentration (JD)

Copyright Law (LWIP525)

Instructor(s): Staff

3 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)

This course surveys the law relating to rights in expressive works. We will study what copyright covers – such as books, movies, musical recordings, and software – and distinguish copyright from other forms of intellectual property, such as trademark and patent. We will focus on the exclusive rights granted in copyrightable works, rules governing the transfer of those rights, what acts infringe those rights, what remedies the law provides for infringement, and what limitations the law places on those rights, such as the fair use doctrine. We will discuss some topics of current interest, such as the rules governing the copying and distribution of music over peer-to-peer networks, digital rights management, and open-source software development.  This class features a take home final exam.

Note: May be applied as part of the six required credits for the Intellectual Property Concentration (JD).
Additional Information: Intellectual Property JD Concentration

Corporate Counsel Externship I (LWVL591)

Instructor(s): Staff

1-6 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement(s): Experiential
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMG), Employment and Labor Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Intellectual Property (JD), Health Law (JD), Employment and Labor Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

The Corporate Counsel Externship Program consists of a work component and a class component and allows students to earn academic credit working in the legal department of a corporation, company or other business entity. Students may also work in other departments of a corporation as long as they are supervised by an on-site licensed attorney. Students must work during the academic session for a minimum of 50 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-6 credits. For purposes of corporate counsel externship work, the academic session is from the official start of classes to the last day of final exams. No academic credit may be earned for corporate counsel externship work outside this time period.

Academic requirements include: mandatory orientation, student journals submitted to the professor relating to the field placement work; discussion boards on legal practice topics; a three-five page reflective paper at the end of the semester; an externship work product for professor review; and an on-site supervisor evaluation showing satisfactory completion of work experience. The Externship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

If you have been offered and have accepted a field placement, meet the eligibility requirements, agree to meet the course obligations and want to register for the Externship course, fill out the Field Placement Form. The Office of Career and Professional Development will then confirm your placement and instruct you on registering for the course.

Contact lawcareers@sandiego.edu with placement questions. Contact Professor John Sansone, Academic Director, at jsansone@sandiego.edu with academic questions.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the JD concentrations web pages for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your work in this internship qualifies for a concentration.
Additional Information: Concentrations, Law Student Affairs

Corporate Counsel Externship II (LWVL589)

Instructor(s): Staff

1-4 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement(s): Experiential
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Employment and Labor Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD), Health Law (JD), Employment and Labor Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

Externship II students refine their skills, with a longer opportunity to specialize their training in a specific area. Externship II is limited to students who have previously worked at a Corporate Counsel Externship placement. Please refer to Corporate Counsel Externship I description for additional requirements.

Contact lawcareers@sandiego.edu with placement questions. Contact Professor John Sansone, Academic Director, at jsansone@sandiego.edu with academic questions.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the JD concentrations web pages for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your work in this clinic qualifies for the concentration.
Additional Information: Concentrations, Law Student Affairs

European Union Commercial Law (LWIC522)

Instructor(s): StaffStaff

1 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Business and Corporate Law (MSLS), LLM in International Law (LLMI), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), International Law (LLMC), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), International Law (JD), Intellectual Property (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

As business is becoming more international so must the law and lawyers. In a world of international trade and transactions companies and their advisers need to have a global legal horizon. Until quite recently, it would not have made any practical sense to talk about an “EU commercial law”. However, due to the ongoing harmonization of the law of the EU countries a body of truly common European law is emerging from the melting pot of the national laws and traditions and EU institutions and courts. The course draws on the results of 30 years of continued and ongoing EU harmonization to provide US law students with an overview of some of the central aspects of European commercial law. The course focuses on the practical legal problems facing an American enterprise doing business in Europe but at the same time provides for a basic understanding of the EU legal framework. After a brief general introduction to EU law the course falls in two parts. Part I deals with the transfer of goods and covers such topics as general contract law (PECL Principles of European Contract Law), the EC directive on Unfair Contract Terms, and the EC directive on Products Liability. Part II deals with the trade in intangible rights notably patents and trademarks. This part opens with a general presentation of the European systems for the protection of inventions and trademarks. It then moves on to discuss aspects relating to the exercise of those rights in regard to the Treaty rules on the free movement of goods (“parallel importation” and the principle of “exhaustion of rights”) and to tech-trans agreements and other issues involving competition law. The course requires no prior knowledge of European law.  There will be a final exam scheduled in March.

Intellectual Property Law Speaker Series (LWIP555)

Instructor(s): Staff

1 credit(s), P/F Graded
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)
Prerequisite(s): See course description

The IP Law Speaker Series will feature seven distinguished speakers, typically leading academics, during the course of the semester. The speakers will address a variety of topics in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. Attendance at all seven speaker sessions is required. Students will draft a 1-2 page comment for each presented paper, which will be graded pass/fail. Students must have taken a course in some area of intellectual property, or have work experience in the field, to register for the course. This class meets in the Faculty Reading Room (WH 201) on 1/10, 1/24, 2/07, 2/21, 3/14, 3/28 & 4/11/ 2019.

Patent Law Policy (LWIP564)

Instructor(s): StaffStaff

2 credit(s), Letter Graded
Requirement(s): Writing
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)
Prerequisite(s): See course description

This seminar will examine contemporary policy issues in patent law, using doctrinal, economic, and historical approaches, including practical perspectives and implications in patent prosecution, patent licensing and partnerships, patent litigation, and patent deal work. Readings will be drawn from a variety of law review articles and books. Grades will be based on a final paper. Students must either (1) have taken at least one of the following courses: Intellectual Property Survey, Patent Law, or Biotech Patent Law; or (2) must have taken and passed the USPTO patent bar examination.

Patent Litigation II (LWIP569)

Instructor(s): Staff

2 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement(s): Experiential
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)
Prerequisite(s): See course description

This course will examine what all the work in a patent case really should be about from the first day: the trial. You’ve produced and read terabytes of documents, answered oppressive interrogatories and taken depositions of your opponents’ evasive witnesses. The judge has ruled on claim construction and denied cross-motions for summary judgment. Now you get to put the case together for trial. The course will be structured around hypotheticals, which will generate writing and oral advocacy assignments for members of the class. The class will be fundamentally interactive, although we may lecture occasionally. Oral advocacy will include an opening statement; direct examination of an expert technical witness, including preparation of demonstrative exhibits; cross examination of an expert technical witness; and preparation and argument of motions in limine. Grading will be honors/pass/low pass/fail based on in-class written and oral assignments. There will be no final exam. Prerequisites are at least one of the following: Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey, Patent Litigation I, or registered patent agent. Recommended prerequisites are Patent Litigation I.

Patent Prosecution (LWIP571)

Instructor(s): , Staff

2 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Intellectual Property Survey or Patent Law

This course provides an overview of practical aspects of U.S. patent practice, with a particular focus on issues that will be faced by a patent attorney in the early years of his/her career. Topics covered include preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, discussing strategic and practical considerations in addition to the applicable law, regulations and procedures. The course will also cover development and execution of an IP strategy for a client, evaluation of the scope of issued patents, and issues relating to ownership, assignment, and licensing of patent rights. In addition, ethical issues related to inequitable conduct, duty of candor, and proper representation of clients are addressed. Students will complete a series of real-world assignments, including the drafting of claims and other patent application content, responses to Office actions, and provisions directed to the transfer of patent rights.

Prerequisite: Intellectual Property Survey, or Patent Law. No technical background is required. Grade will be based on a series of practical projects over the course of the semester.

Note: Students must have taken Patent Law or Intellectual Property Survey, or have work experience in the field and permission of the professor, to register for the course.

Trademark Litigation (LWIP577)

Instructor(s): Staff

3 credit(s), Letter Graded
Requirement(s): Writing OR Experiential
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)

This advanced trademark class will provide students with the legal and practical skills necessary to become successful trademark litigators. Students will learn how to litigate a trademark case, including how to develop a case strategy, write a demand letter, and draft pleadings, written discovery, and motions frequently used in trademark litigation. Students will also strengthen their oral advocacy communication skills through class participation and in-class exercises simulating oral arguments before a judge or meetings with partners and clients. They will perform tasks and legal research and analysis similar to junior attorneys involved in actual trademark litigation. The grade will be based on the writing assignments and in-class oral exercises. Prerequisite: Intellectual Property Survey, Trademark Law, or Trademarks Seminar.