Intellectual Property Drafting

This transactional drafting course covers license, work for hire, and other agreements involving copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, patents and related rights. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to apply drafting and analytic tools to practical, real-life situations. Through a series of out-of-class assignments and in-class drafting exercises of increasing complexity, students are introduced to the science and art of transactional drafting and contract interpretation. The course also studies a number of leading intellectual property cases demonstrating key drafting and interpretive principles. The drafting and reading assignments provide a practical context in which to examine some of the most interesting—and in many cases thorny—issues that arise when granting rights to intellectual property to another party. Students explore intellectual property-related issues that arise in a number of industries, which (depending on the professor) may include the entertainment, advertising, media, sports, publishing, technology and consumer products industries. Agreements featuring patent issues will be addressed, but will not be the main focus of this course.
Credits: 3

Type: SEM

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? Yes

When is this course offered? Fall and Spring semesters

Pre-requisites: Any course in trademark, copyright or patent law