This course introduces students to intellectual property law, with particular attention to topics of interest for the fields of engineering and computing. The course focuses on the constitutional provisions, laws and court decisions that create and define rights in intellectual property, with primary attention to patents and copyrights, and with secondary attention to trade secrets. Students will gain basic skills in critical thinking, reading, understanding and explaining statutes and cases relating to intellectual property. The course is appropriate both for students in engineering and computer science interested in entrepreneurship and commercialization and for students in a pre-law program. The course is presented in a traditional law-school format, emphasizing the Socratic method and oriented toward developing skills of critical thinking. Preparation for class is the key to success in the course. The course includes teamwork on researching actual patent ideas from local inventors and concludes with a moot-court appellate argument on current cases.
• Projects working with real inventions, where the inventors will rely on the projects’ results
• Moot-court appellate arguments, with experienced attorneys as judges
• Lots of classroom interaction, building critical-thinking skills