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  1. 1. University of Cincinnati, Clermont Spring Quarter 2001 Course Title: Intellectual Property Course #: 34 LGTN 279 Day / Time: Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (4/6; 4/20; and 5/4.) Room: Snyder Room S154 Instructor: Jeffery S. Rubel, B.S.,M.P.A., J.D. Office Info/Student Contact: S252K // 732-5302 Email: jeff.rubel@uc.edu Text: Intellectual Property, Patent Trademark & Copyright., Stim, 3rdd ed. West Publishing, (2002) Course Description: This course will teach the fundamentals of intellectual property law, with emphasis placed on the typical functions of paralegals. The course will be divided into approximately equal sections on (1) copyrights and trademark; (2) Patent; and (3) Protecting intellectual property rights. It will include familiarization with documents required to be filed in the various federal agencies in connection with the procurement and maintenance of patents, trademark registrations, and copyright registrations. Patent and trademark searching will also be covered. Instructional Methods Combination of lecture and classroom discussion. The World Wide Web is an increasingly important source for information, research materials and commentary in many subjects, including both law and business. We will have readings from Web sites, and I will expect you to use Web-based materials for your class room preparation. During the later part of the course each student will draft a series of contracts Specific Course Objectives: Upon successful completion, a student will be able to: 1. substantive law of patents, trademarks, and copyrights 2. documents required to be filed in connection with the procurement and maintenance of patents 3. documents required to be filed in connection with the procurement and maintenance of trademark registrations 4. documents required to be filed in connection with the procurement and maintenance of copyright registrations 5. ethical considerations involved in intellectual property law 6. paralegal tasks in intellectual property law practice 7. use of computers in intellectual property law practice Specific Skills 1. draft trademark, service mark, and copyright registration forms 2. search for federally registered trademarks, service marks, and issued U.S. Patents 3. explain and analyze, in writing, intellectual property topics and issues 4. discuss intellectual property law topics and issues Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. Final Exam Period: May 11, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Course Grading: Your grade for this course will be determined on the following criteria: Homework and class participation 25% Major written projects: 25% Mid-Term Exam 25% Final Exam 25% _____________ Total: 100% The UC Clermont grading scale will apply with final point totals converted to letter grades as follows: 93-100 A 73-76 C 90-92 A- 70-72 C- 87-89 B+ 67-69 D+ 83-86 B 63-66 D 80-82 B- 60-62 D- 77-79 C+ 00-59 F Examination: Mixed format appear on examination. There may be both objective and essay questions. Make-up examinations are discouraged but will be considered upon written request for good cause such as family or medical emergency. Written Project: The written project will be assigned on April 20, 2002 and will be due no later than May 10, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. Class Preparation and Attendance: I will expect that you have read the assigned material prior to class. This preparation is measured by recitation. Students are randomly selected to discuss assignments. For this reason, it is best to be prepared for every class period by thoroughly studying the material in advance. If you are called upon and are not prepared, you may pass for that day. The pass will harm you class preparation grade. By passing you will also assure that you will be called on in the next class period. It is important to recognize the difference between voluntary class participation (which is welcome) and solicited recitation. Voluntary participation is not graded. Solicited recitation (class preparation) is graded. Withdrawal Dates: Standard University of Cincinnati policy. Students who want to withdraw from this course, must do so by completing an “Add-Drop Form.” This form can be obtained through the College Registration Office. A student withdrawing from a class up to and including, April 14, 2002, may do so by completing the “Add-Drop Form” and returning it to the College Registration Office. A student withdrawing from a class after April 14, 2002 must have the “Add- Drop Form” signed by the professor before they return it to the College Registration Office. Students withdrawing prior to and including May 21, 2002, will receive the grade of “W”. Students withdrawing after May 21, 2002, will receive the grade of F. Plagiarism: 1. Submitting another's published or unpublished work, in whole, in part, or in paraphrase, as one's own without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference. 2. Submitting as one's own, original work, material obtained from an individual or agency without reference to the person or agency as the source of the material. 3.Submitting as one's own, original work, material that has been produced through Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. unacknowledged collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators. ADA: Students with Disabilities: The policy of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College requires students to self-identify and provide proper documentation to the Director of the Learning Center, Rm. 22, for appropriate academic assistance. Schedule of class meetings tests and assignment due dates. Class 1 (April 6, 2002): Overview of Class and focus on copyright and trademark • An overview of the class: text, class participation, grades, course expectations • What is intellectual property ? • Why study intellectual property ? • The value of intellectual property in today’s economy Trademarks, copyrights, and patents distinguishing intellectual property rights Guest Lecture from J. Dwight Poffenberger, Jr.1 • Principals of Copyright • Copyright registration, notice and protection • Copyright searches • Principles of Trademarks Reading: Chapter 1 - Intellectual Property, An Introduction Chapter 2 - Principals of Copyrights Chapter 8 – Principals of Trademark Class 2 (April 20, 2002): Patent Law Exam #1 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Guest Lecture from C. Richard Eby2 An overview of patent, rights, patent requirements The patent search process The U.S. patent application process Reading: Chapter 11 – Patents: Rights and Limitations Chapter 12 – Patents: Research, Applications, Disputes, and International Considerations Additional Reading to be Announced Class 3 (May 4, 2002): Copyright and Patent infringement Guest Lecture from Brett A. Schatz3 • Copyright and Patent litigation 1 Attorney Poffenberger is an Associate with Wood, Herron & Evans, L.L.P. where he is involved in many phases of the firm’s IP practice. Attorney Poffenberger has practiced law for approximately 8 years and formerly worked in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he was a Patent Examiner. 2 Attorney Eby is a Senior Associate with Wood, Herron & Evans, L.L.P. where he is active in all facets of U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, infringement studies, licensing and business counseling. Attorney Eby has an extensive background in electrical engineering and manufacturing. 3 Attorney Schatz is an Associate with the firm of Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP, where his focuses is in the area of intellectual property litigation. Attorney Schatz is also an adjunct law professor at Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. • Copyright and Patent disputes • Elements of infringement • Defenses to copyright infringement • Remedies for copyright and Patent infringement Reading: Chapter 6 – Copyright Disputes and International Copyright Law Additional Reading to be announced Page 4 of 4