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American University Washington College of Law    
  Feb 18, 2018
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LAW - 670 Intellectual Property Policy and Law

(3 hrs.)

Examines the fundamental policies animating intellectual property jurisprudence and the extent to which “intellectual property” is “property.” The course explores the underlying policy goals and conflicts internal and external to intellectual property. It also considers the responsibilities of various intellectual property agencies and courts and the relationship between state and federal governments, including the extent to which the efforts of state judges and legislatures to regulate intellectual products might be preempted by federal law. Primary emphasis is on the interrelations of all intellectual property protections; however, students also will study the basic principles and legal rules governing idea protection, the right of publicity, trade secrets, unfair competition, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. In addition, the course treats important areas of proprietary rights such as dilution and moral rights. No technical background is expected or required. Farley, M. Carroll Spring