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Intellectual Property Curriculum

Intellectual Property Fundamentals: A survey of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, patent, and other subject matters. This serves as the foundational course for the specialist who wishes to pursue the Intellectual Property Certificate, but the class is also a good choice for the generalist who simply wants to learn the basics of intellectual property law.  3 sem. hrs.

Copyright Law: A detailed examination of the law that protects literary, musical, artistic and other works of authorship, with particular attention to the 1976 federal copyright statute, as amended. Topics include the requirements for and scope of copyright protection, ownership and duration of copyright, copyright rights and remedies, fair use, the interaction of copyright and digital technologies, the liability of third parties for the copyright infringement of others, and the tension between copyright and other areas of the law, such as free speech, patent, and contract law.  3 sem. hrs.

Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic: Students represent for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as social entrepreneurs, artists, authors, and inventors from a variety of backgrounds. Students help business startup clients by engaging in business formation counseling and provide legal services to clients, including negotiating and drafting contracts, providing corporate legal services and analysis, and facilitating strategic decision-making. Students also assist clients in the assessment and potential licensing of a variety of intellectual property rights. The classroom seminar will provide clinic students the opportunity to study and reflect on the theoretical framework and application of related substantive subjects.

Intellectual Property Law and Policy Seminar: This seminar will examine the legal and public policy considerations regarding intellectual property protection in various fields and industries. In particular, the course will explore whether intellectual property protection and enforcement is beneficial and necessary for the creation, development, and commercialization of different ideas, expressions, and other intangibles.  2 sem. hrs.  Satisfies upper-level writing requirement.

Patent Law: This course covers the fundamental doctrines of patent law and is designed to serve as a basic course for those who wish to specialize in this field, as well as to provide a general background for a corporate or business practice. Topics will include eligible subject matter for patenting; conditions for patentability, including utility, novelty, non-obviousness, enablement, best mode, definiteness, and adequate written description; patent infringement; defenses; and remedies. The course will study statutory aspects of patent law, as well as judicial interpretation by the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit. Further, this course will consider the justifications for the patent monopoly. An engineering or science background is not required to take this course.  3 sem. hrs.

Entertainment Law: Issues of law and policy affecting the entertainment industry.  2 sem. hrs.

Computer Law: Develop and refine practical skills in transactional drafting in the context of legal arrangements that govern most digital goods-based businesses (such as computer software and information technology companies) and related transactions. Drafting assignments involve issues of contract law, intellectual property law, and privacy in the context of digital goods and include license drafting, Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor compliance, and privacy policies. 3 sem. hrs.  

Trademark and Unfair Competition Law: This course will familiarize students with the academic principles of trademark law and provide practical instruction on how to handle a trademark practice. Among other things, the course will examine the following subjects: The differences between trademarks and other types of intellectual property such as copyrights, patents and trade secrets; sources of trademark law, including the Lanham Act, the Federal Trademark Dilution Act of 1995 and the Trademark Amendments Act of 1999; different types of trademarks (name, logo, slogan, etc.), and characteristics of protectable marks, and strong and weak marks; preservation of trademarks rights; trademark infringement and litigation; licensing and assignment of trademarks; domain names and other trademark issues in cyberspace; and international trademark law.  3 sem. hrs.

Patent Preparation and Prosecution: This course explores the art of drafting a patent application and the subsequent prosecution of the application through the Patent and Trademark Office. The course will include some necessary detail with respect to PTO Rules, but it will also cover the strategy and reasoning behind various drafting techniques. The course is directed to students who plan to become patent practitioners as well as those who are simply interested in the process.  2 sem. hrs.

Sports and the Law: A survey course addressing legal issues presented by both professional and amateur sports in a variety of settings. Examines such issues as the legal concept of amateurism, the organization of amateur sports associations, and eligibility for participation as an amateur, especially in the context of intercollegiate athletics Also focuses on gender and disability discrimination issues, the organization of professional sports with the power of the commissioner and the organization of leagues. The application of antitrust law to amateur and professional sports will also be examined, along with issues presented by the representation of professional athletes and the enforcement of sports contracts. Criminal and tort liability issues presented by sports participation will also be discussed, along with workers compensation and drug testing issues. 2 sem hrs.

Intellectual Property Drafting: Will focus on developing and refining practical skills, including conducting intellectual property audits, filing domestic and Madrid Protocol applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, trademark examination rules and procedures, conducting opposition proceedings, copyright filings, franchising issues, developing and implementing trade secrets policies and programs for businesses, licensing, and ethics. 2 sem. hrs.

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Intellectual Property Institute
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia  23173
Phone: (804) 287-6398
E-mail: ipi@richmond.edu