Introduction to Intellectual Property

This survey course provides an overview of the intellectual property law regimes in the United States. We will explore the major statutes and common law cases of trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark law. Besides covering the fundamental requirement of law to protect intellectual property and the basic concepts in the intellectual property regimes, this course will lead us to consider the common structure, principles and economic rationales behind the regimes. This course serves as a general foundation for those interested in intellectual property. No prior IP course or knowledge is required or expected to enroll in the course. Students may not take this course if they have already taken three of the following four courses: Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademarks & Unfair Competition, and Law of Trade Secrets. If you have not previously taken any I.P. courses, or have taken fewer than three of the courses listed above, you may take these more specialized courses in later semesters.

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Course Information
Course #: LAW 213
Program: JD
Course Type: JD Elective
Area of Study: Intellectual Property Law
Credit Hours: Three credit hours.