Intellectual Property Practice examines contemporary issues such as social media, game platforms, entrepreneurship, licensing, publishing, creative collaboration, and cultural institutions, and how these environments are intertwined with trademark (including trade dress), copyright, right of publicity, right of privacy, the First Amendment, trade secret, data rights, politics, race, gender, cultural appropriation, and power. Students will examine real life cases and current issues in the news, learn how to avoid errors in applications to register trademarks and copyrights, understand how to help clients develop meaningful IP strategies, and prepare and negotiate IP contracts. Students will informally and regularly discuss current IP issues in the news, deliver short presentations to the class on IP issues and controversies, and prepare a variety of written workproduct. There is no final exam. Course grade is determined by class participation, presentations, written workproduct, and other substantive engagement with the material and the assigned projects.
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