Levin College of Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This advanced level seminar is designed to teach students the fundamental issues and concepts of drafting effective agreements for the licensing and transfer of intellectual property ownership and rights. To enroll in this course students must have taken a basic intellectual property course and either patent law or trademark law. Students that have taken a patent law course tend to better understand the cases and materials. The course will survey key issues concerning confidentiality agreements and patent, copyright and trademark licenses and assignments. The course also covers the preparation of agreements for the formation of business relationships including joint ventures, franchises, and employment. Other topics include software licensing, non-competition agreements, on-line agreements and intellectual property due diligence in business transactions. Advanced topics include antitrust, taxes and international business transactions issues. The course will consist of lectures and class discussions using a case method approach and a review of sample agreements. Students will be required to participate in class discussions. Students are required to submit a written paper addressing an intellectual property licensing topic. Student papers may be used to satisfy the College’s writing requirement.