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LAW Advanced Legal Writing: Intellectual Property Counseling

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LAW 637

Advanced Legal Writing: Intellectual Property Counseling

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In this course, students will develop the research, writing, and analytical skills necessary to advise clients on complex intellectual property matters. This course is designed particularly for students interested in law firm IP practice or working in-house for companies in IP-rich industries, including software, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, news media, and consumer goods. Students will be provided realistic questions from clients in these industries that raise overlapping patent, copyright, and/or trademark issues. Students will conduct their own legal research and discuss potential options for addressing their clients' concerns, including litigation, negotiation, and technological solutions, as well as the strategic and ethical dimensions of each option. Based upon this research and class discussion, students will draft client memos, demand letters, and legal briefs. Students will also be instructed in IP-focused research and analysis, including searching and interpreting documents from PTO and Copyright Office databases. Although class time may be devoted to discussing the substantive legal issues raised in student assignments, previous enrollment in Introduction to Intellectual Property or substantial intellectual property coursework is strongly recommended. This course is open to LLM students in the Law, Science & Technology program. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments.

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