[IPLaw] 11/21 Protectability

Mandatory reading:

  • Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017).

Additional reading:

  • Christopher Buccafusco, Mark A. Lemley & Jonathan S. Masur, Intelligent Design, 68 Duke L.J. 75 (2018).
  • Julie Zerbo, Protecting Fashion Designs: Not Only “What?” but “Who?”, 6 Am. U. Bus. L. Rev. 595 (2017).
  • Fashion Originators’ Guild of America v. FTC, 312 U.S. 457 (1941).
  • Peter S. Menell, Rise of the API Copyright Dead?: An Updated Epitaph for Copyright Protection of Network and Functional Features of Computer Software, 31 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 305 (2018).
  • Annette Hurst, The Report of Api Copyright’s Death Is Greatly Exaggerated, 31 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 491 (2018).
  • Mark P. McKenna & Christopher Jon Sprigman, What’s in, and What’s Out: How Ip’s Boundary Rules Shape Innovation, 30 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 491 (2017).
  • Brian Soucek, Aesthetic Judgment in Law, 69 Ala. L. Rev. 381 (2017).
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[IPLaw] 11/14 Terms of Protection vs. Terms of Contract

Mandatory reading:

  • Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, 135 S. Ct. 2401 (2015).

Additional reading:

  • Cassandra E. Havens, Note, Saving Patent Law From Competition Policy and Economic Theories: Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, 31 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 371 (2016).
  • John R. Harris, The Patent System Is Under Assault–Startups, Should You Care? Ten Things About Patents That Startups Need to Consider, 44 AIPLA Q.J. 27 (2016).
  • Matthew G. Sipe, Patents v. Antitrust: Preempting Conflict, 66 Am. U. L. Rev. 415 (2016).
  • Herbert Hovenkamp, The Emergence of Classical American Patent Law, 58 Ariz. L. Rev. 263 (2016).
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Is the License Still the Product?, 60 Ariz. L. Rev. 425 (2017).
  • Herbert Hovenkamp, Antitrust and the Movement of Technology, 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1119 (2012).
  • Tejas N. Narechania, Patent Conflicts, 103 Geo. L.J. 1483 (2015).
  • Gregory N. Mandel, Institutional Fracture in Intellectual Property Law: The Supreme Court Versus Congress, 102 Minn. L. Rev. 803 (2017).

[IPLaw] 10/31 First Sale Doctrine

Mandatory reading:

  • Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 1351 (2013).

Additional reading:

  • Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., 137 S.Ct. 1523 (2017).
  • Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., 553 U.S. 617 (2008).
  • Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., 541 F.3d 982 (9th Cir. 2008).
  • Michael Einhorn, First Sale Rights at Scotus: Regarding Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, 63 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 331 (2016).
  • John F. Duffy & Richard Hynes, Statutory Domain and the Commercial Law of Intellectual Property, 102 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2016).
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Is the License Still the Product?, 60 Ariz. L. Rev. 425 (2017).
  • Guy A. Rub, Copyright Survives: Rethinking the Copyright-Contract Conflict, 103 Va. L. Rev. 1141 (2017).
  • Jonathan M. Barnett, Why Is Everyone Afraid of Ip Licensing?, 30 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 123 (2017).
  • Lothar Determann, Digital Exhaustion: New Law From the Old World, 33 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 177 (2018).
  • Herbert Hovenkamp, Reasonable Patent Exhaustion, 35 Yale J. on Reg. 513 (2018).

[IPLaw] 10/24 Laches

Mandatory reading:

  • Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 134 S.Ct. 1962 (2014).

Additional reading:

  • SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, 137 S.Ct. 954 (2017).
  • Jordyn Ostroff, Note, Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.: Is Equity in Copyright Law Down for the Count?, 30 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 965 (2015).
  • Kevin J. Hickey, Consent, User Reliance, and Fair Use, 16 Yale J. L. & Tech. 397 (2013-2014).
  • Edward Lee, Fair Use Avoidance in Music Cases, 59 B.C. L. Rev. 1873 (2018).
  • Tun-Jen Chiang, Trolls and Orphans, 96 B.U. L. Rev. 691 (2016).
  • Jonathan M. Barnett, Three Quasi-Fallacies in the Conventional Understanding of Intellectual Property, 12 J.L. Econ. & Pol’y 1 (2016).
  • Gregory N. Mandel, Institutional Fracture in Intellectual Property Law: The Supreme Court Versus Congress, 102 Minn. L. Rev. 803 (2017).

[IPLaw] 10/17 Trade Secret Law

Questions to Answer

  • What is the purpose of trade secret law?
  • What are the main differences between trade secret law and other intellectual property laws (patent/copyright/trademark laws)?
  • What is the regulatory structure of trade secret law? (How does the system work?)
  • What motivated the 2013 revision? What major changes were made?
  • What is all the brouhaha surrounding the draft Sensitive Technology Protection Act (敏感科技保護法)?
  • What is the relationship between trade secret law and employment law?
  • What is the relationship between trade secret law and privacy law?