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
Room: Snyder Room S154
Instructor: Jeffery S. Rubel, B.S.,M.P.A., J.D.
Office Info/Student Contact: S252K // 732-5302
Text: Intellectual Property, Patent
Trademark & Copyright., Stim, 3rdd ed. West Publishing,
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.
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
3. documents required to be filed in connection with the procurement and maintenance of
4. documents required to be filed in connection with the procurement and maintenance of
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
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
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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%
The UC Clermont grading scale will apply with final point totals converted to letter grades as
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
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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
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
Chapter 11 – Patents: Rights and Limitations
Chapter 12 – Patents: Research, Applications, Disputes, and International
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.
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
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.
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• Copyright and Patent disputes
• Elements of infringement
• Defenses to copyright infringement
• Remedies for copyright and Patent infringement
Chapter 6 – Copyright Disputes and International Copyright Law
Additional Reading to be announced
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