A total of 24 credits must be earned, with up to eight credits of optional independent research.
Examines legal and economic concepts of monopoly and monopolization, and integration of previously independent firms through horizontal, vertical, and conglomerate mergers under federal antitrust laws.
Covers principles and operation of the Sherman Act, Clayton Act and Federal Trade Commission Act and their effect upon conduct, as opposed to structure, of American industry. Examines issues of price fixing, boycotts, exclusive dealing, territorial allocation, tie-ins, franchise terminations, and governmental immunity for anti-competitive regulations.
Considers opportunities for practice in the field, copyright and trademark issues, contractual questions, examples of modern recording and publishing contracts and ownership issues. Actual case studies will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Copyright or Introduction to Intellectual Property
Explores bioethics issues such as clinical decision making, informed consent, organ donation and transplantation, physician assisted suicide, ethics in managed care, death and dying, and medical research.
Refers to a collection of statutory and common law recognized causes of action that arise out of business competition. Surveys these causes of action and analyzes them in the context of providing a source of protection to a business which is subject to potential economic harm from competitors, employees, suppliers, and others. Coverage will include false advertising, business defamation and disparagement, interference with contractual and prospective business relationships, misappropriation of trade values such as ideas, trade secrets, publicity rights, and mispresentation. Prohibitions against unfair and deceptive practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act will also be covered. Trademark issues fall outside the coverage of this course. Not open to students who have taken Unfair Trade Practices.
The course will explore the issues concerning protection of intellectual creativity under the United States copyright laws; we will consider such matters as the nature of copyright, the statutory scheme, the kinds of works subject to copyright, and the extent of protection afforded those works. The grade will be based on performance on an end of semester examination.
This course deals with issues arising from the separation of ownership and management that is inherent in the corporate form of business organization (as distinguished from the partnership form and the sole proprietorship), and the relative roles, powers, rights and obligations of, and the conflicts between, shareholders (owners) on the one hand and directors and officers (managers) on the other, with most of the attention, and jurisprudence, being focused on the publicly-held corporation. Students will survey the classic cases addressing the responsibilities of corporate directors and then move on to examine the more contemporary jurisprudence, particularly the headline-making Walt Disney litigation, and the growing body of "federal corporate law" in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals. The course will explore such topics as the impact on management conduct of the threat of civil litigation and criminal prosecution, the decline of the "imperial CEO," differing notions of director independence, the shift from director passivity to director activism, the "balkanization" of corporate boards through committees, the trend toward enhanced shareholder empowerment in the nomination and election of directors, the differences between so-called "best practices" and legal mandates, and the application of political governance norms to management of the modern business corporation.
This course is a seminar that will meet once each week for two hours, with class time spent mostly in discussion and problem solving.
Prerequisite: Business Organizations.
Describes the medico-legal paradigm within which genetic technologies are presently pursued or restricted. Discusses the scientific basis of the genetic technologies providing students with basic appreciation of potential issues and a guide to the scientific, rather than the legal, literature related to the growing area of genomics. The course will be organized along six areas of the law: criminal law, family and property law, tort law, insurance law, labor law, and intellectual property law. No science background is required.
Examines topics related to conduct of international business: international private trade, U.S. and international regulation of trade, international private investment, international financial markets, international regulation of monetary affairs, and dispute resolution.
This course will address modern forms of international law-making and regulations, as well as enforcement and dispute settlement, emphasizing especially the impact of institutions. It will examine how intergovernmental or international organizations, from those of the UN system to the World Trade Organization (WTO), have changed the traditional sources of international obligation, namely treaties, customary international law, and general principles.
Introduces fundamental components of intellectual property law, focusing on patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Introduces negotiation skills, offering hands-on experience preparing for and negotiating legal issues.
Provides students with an in-depth knowledge of Patent Prosectuion and Drafting. Focuses on providing a student with the skills and knowledge necessary to assist a client/inventor in obtaining a patent, from the initial step of meeting with an inventor through post patent issuance procedures.
Prerequisites: Patents & Trade Secrets or Introduction to Intellectual Property.
Examines principal issues in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and software licensing. Topics include standard terms and conditions of a technology license, negotiating royalty rates, and the impact of licensing on development and/or commercialization of technology.
Examines the major bodies of United States law available for protecting intellectual property rights in inventions and discoveries. The majority of the course is devoted to studying patent law, including the patenting process, patent validity requirements, patent infringement, and the nature of rights secured by a patent. The course also covers trade secret law, including trade secret-eligible information, trade secret requirements, and the rights secured by a trade secret. The course concludes with an examination of the relationship between, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of, patent and trade secret law for protecting intellectual property rights.
The course deals with the creation, enforcement, and limitation of trademark rights, including the impact of technological change (such as the use of the internet) on traditional concepts, and related unfair competition issues. The grade will be based on performance on an end of semester examination.