[IPLaw] 10/3 Trademark Law

Questions to Answer

  • What is the purpose of trademark law?
  • Trademarks don’t expire like copyrights/patents do. Why?
  • What is the regulatory structure of trademark law? (How does the system work?)
  • Do trademarks have to be registered? Why?
  • What is trademark dilution?
  • Is there a first-sale doctrine in trademark law?
  • Is there a “fair use” defense in trademark law?
  • Can you name a few key differences between trademark law and copyright law?

 

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[IPLaw] 9/26 Patent Law

Questions to Answer

  • Why is the term of protection for patent much shorter than copyright?
  • Why do patents need prior examination?
  • What is the regulatory structure of patent law? (How does the system work?)
  • What is “patentable subject matter” (patent eligibility)?
  • What is the exhaustion doctrine?
  • What is “the tragedy of anticommons”?
  • What are Patent Assertion Entities? Why are they often called patent trolls?
  • Are there any important changes to our Patent Act in recent years?
  • What is Leahy-Smith America Invents Act? What important changes did it bring?
  • Can you name a few recent patent law/policy controversies?

 

[IPLaw] 9/19 Copyright Law

Questions to Answer

  • What is the purpose of copyright law?
  • What is the regulatory structure of copyright law? (How does the system work?)
  • What is the idea/expression distinction? Why is it necessary?
  • What is the copyright (property right)/authorship distinction? Why is it necessary?
  • Why is copyright not perpetual?
  • What is the first-sale doctrine? Why is it necessary?
  • What is “fair use”? Why is it necessary?
  • Can you name a few recent copyright law/policy controversies?