Intellectual Property Drafting
This transactional drafting course covers license, work for hire, and other agreements involving copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, patents and related rights. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to apply drafting and analytic tools to practical, real-life situations. Through out-of-class assignments and in-class drafting exercises of increasing complexity, students are introduced to the science and art of transactional drafting and contract interpretation. The course also studies a number of leading intellectual property cases demonstrating key drafting and interpretive principles. The drafting and reading assignments provide a practical context in which to examine interesting and thorny issues that arise when granting rights to intellectual property to another party. Depending on the professor, the industries covered include entertainment, advertising, media, sports, publishing, technology and consumer products. Patent issues are addressed but are not the main focus of this course. It would be helpful if the student has previously taken a course in patent, copyright or trademark law. 2 or 3 credits.