LAW-2216 Intellectual Property Survey

Prof. Andrew Beckerman-Rodau,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


HYB-Hybrid Course-Course for which no more than one-third of the information is online


Intellectual property law protects creations of the mind: inventions, trade secrets, artistic creations, computer software, brand names and image/persona. This course will provide an overview of the US legal systems that protect such creations, with primary focus on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law. The course serves as a basic building block for more advanced intellectual property courses within the Intellectual Property Concentration curriculum. This course is strongly recommended as a precursor to Patent Law, Copyright Law, and Trademark Law.


Faculty comments: Professor Beckerman-Rodau:

Spring only: The IP Survey course will be taught as a three credit on-line hybrid course during the spring semester. Hybrid courses (also called blended learning) utilize technology to create a variety of learning environments. This enables the use of technology to both enhance learning and to respond to a wide range of learning styles and preferences. It will also provide for weekly assessments (tests) that will count towards your final grade in the class. The majority of your learning activities will occur on-line outside the classroom. This will provide you with significant flexibility to complete assignments and assessments on your own schedule within certain specified time-frames. Therefore, face-to-face (F2F) classroom time will be reduced to one weekly meeting for an hour. Typically, F2F classroom time will be devoted to discussing application of the on-line materials to problems/hypotheticals. On average, a minimum of 5 to 6 hours per week will be required for on-line activities. There is no book for this class. All materials will be provided (for free) on-line in electronic form via Blackboard.

Prerequisites: You must have a computer, high-speed internet access and an email account to participate in this class. Additionally, you will need basic computer skills including: using a browser; knowing how to download, open and print Power Points, WORD documents, HTML files and PDF files; and knowing how to play/download video and audio files provided on-line. A significant amount of the materials will provided as PDF files that include numerous hyperlinks.


pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Health/Biomedical Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Intellectual Property Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration Requirements

pointer    Final Exam Required


<<Course Updated: March 30, 2016>>