Syllabus

Note: This syllabus is subject to amendment during the semester. In addition to the assigned reading, you should review and be prepared to discuss any statutes referenced in the reading.

Class 1 — Tues., January 14, 2020

INTRODUCTION; overview

*Trade Secret*

Class 2 — Thurs., January 16, 2020

INTRODUCTION; secrecy; reverse engineering

Class 3 — Tues., January 21, 2020

reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy; MISAPPROPRIATION

Class 4 — Thurs., January 23, 2020

DEPARTING EMPLOYEES; REMEDIES

*Patents*

Class 5 — Tues., January 28, 2020

INTRODUCTION; claim construction

Class 6 — Thurs., January 30, 2020

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS; patentable subject matter; utility

Class 7 — Tues., February 4, 2020

patentable subject matter; utilitY (CONT’D)

Class 8 — Thurs., February 6, 2020

NOVELTY & STATUTORY BARS — OLD SCHOOL (FIRST-TO-INVENT)

Class 9 — Tues., February 11, 2020

OLD school (cont’d); AMERICA INVENTS ACT 2011 — NEW SCHOOL (FIRST-TO-FILE)

Class 10 — Thurs., February 13, 2020

NONOBVIOUSNESS

Class 11 — Tues., February 18, 2020

LITERAL INFRINGEMENT; doctrine of equivalents; indirect infringement

  • QUIZ DUE — Patentability
  • Nassau Precision Casting v. Acushnet; Cadence Pharm. Inc. v. Exela PharmSci Inc.  (L&M 260-272, 282-289)
  • 35 U.S.C. 271(a)

Class 12 — Thurs., February 20, 2020

design patents

*Copyrights*

Class 13 — Tues., February 25, 2020

PATENT REMEDIES; INTRODUCTION; FIXATION; originality

Class 14 — Thurs., February 27, 2020

IDEA-EXPRESSION DICHOTOMY; useful article doctrine

Class 15 — Tues., March 2, 2020

OWNERSHIP; formalities; DURATION; RENEWAL

Class 16 — Thurs., March 5, 2020

rights of copyright owner

*SPRING BREAK — No Class March 10 & 12, 2020*

Class 17 — Tues., March 17, 2020

RIGHTs (cont’d)

Class 18 — Thurs., March 19, 2020

fair use

  • Campbell v. Acuff-Rose MusicPerfect 10 v. Amazon.comSony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. (L&M 426-446, 454-466)
  • 17 U.S.C. 107

Class 19 — Tues., March 24, 2020

indirect infringement

  • Fonovisa v. Cherry Auction; Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.MGM Studios v. Grokster (L&M 466-489)
  • 17 U.S.C. 106

Class 20 — Thurs., March 26, 2020

REMEDIES

*Trademark*

Class  21 — Tues., March 31, 2020

INTRODUCTION; overview

Class 22 — Thurs., April 2, 2020

federal registration; trade dress

Class 23 — Tues., April 7, 2020

functionality; infringement

Class 24 — Thurs., April 9, 2020

INFRINGEMENT (cont’d)

  • King of the Mountain Sports, Inc. v. Chrysler CorpDastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.Carnivale v. Staub Design LLC (L&M 575-596)
  • 15 U.S.C. 1125 (Lanham Act 43)

Class 25 — Tues., April 14, 2020

dilution; Comparative Advertising

Class 26 — Thurs. April 16, 2020

FAIR USE; NOMINATIVE USE; REMEDIES

Class 27 — Tues. April 21, 2020 — WILD-CARD

Class 26 — Thurs. April 23, 2020 — WILD-CARD II