This seminar offers students with an interest in intellectual property and/or cyberlaw the opportunity to explore and research an advanced topic in-depth.
Although the focus of class discussion will be on the effects of new technologies, students may write a research paper on any topic related to intellectual property law or cyberlaw. Class discussion will address the many challenges that the Internet poses for traditional copyright, patent and trademark law as well as other non-intellectual property areas of law associated with the internet.
We will discuss a number of policy questions such as whether new legislation is needed to address rights in digital music and motion pictures, whether patent protection for standards on which the Internet relies is appropriate, and how trademark law should apply to commercial online identity. Either Intellectual Property or Cyberlaw are prerequisites for taking this class.