Professor William W. Fisher 4 classroom credits LAW-41415A 2, 3, or 4 optional clinical credits Spring or 2 optional clinical credits Winter
This course is intended for students who are already familiar with the
main contours of intellectual property law and would like to explore
the subject further. Approximately one half of the class will be
devoted to close examinations of the economic and political theories
upon which patent, copyright, and trademark law are (or might be)
based. The other half will examine in depth a few topics that, in
recent years, have proven especially controversial or troublesome: fair
use; the right of publicity; possible solutions to the crisis in the
entertainment industry; the boundary between patent law and antitrust
law; how legal reform might help address the health crisis in the
developing world; and trademark dilution. Each student will be expected
to participate in the discussion of these issues (both in the classroom
and online) and to write a short research paper addressing an aspect of
one of them. Group projects are encouraged. There will be no exam.
Clinical placements are at the Cyberlaw Clinic of the Berkman Center
for Internet and Society. Students who would like to participate in the
optional winter or spring clinical must enroll through clinical
registration. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono
Programs (http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical) for clinical registration dates and early add/drop deadlines.
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