Survey of Intellectual Property

B751 is taught by J. Du Mont, M. Janis, M. Leaffer, M. Mattioli

This online course provides a broad overview of intellectual property law. The course is for students who do not necessarily intend to specialize in intellectual property, but who wish to learn about the core policy challenges, legal rules, and relationships with other areas of the law. The course focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright law, but also investigates related areas such as trade secrets, the right of publicity, and privacy law. Patents protect inventions; copyrights cover expressive works such as visual artwork, literature, music, and computer software); trademarks protect symbols and slogans (e.g., brand names, and other identifying symbols). Students who complete the course may wish to enroll in other upper-level intellectual property courses, although this course is not a prerequisite for those courses.