[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?


[lrtw] 9/29 How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis

Reading & Assignment

Read Grand Justice Interpretation 678 and write a 3-paragraph memo:

  • para. 1: what does the majority says?
  • para. 2: what’s the difference in opinion between G.J. 許宗力 (concurring) & the majority?
  • para. 3: what’s the difference in opinion between G.J.林子儀 and 李震山 (concurring in part and dissenting in part) & the majority?

Use at most 500 words for each paragraph.

[ITAL] 6/17 Legal Scholarship


  • Gary Minda, One Hundred Years of Modern Legal Thought: From Langdell and Holmes to Posner and Schlag, 28 Ind. L. Rev. 353 (1995).

Assignment: Feminist Legal Theory

  • Hints: What is Feminist legal theory? What are the main approaches? Who are the leading scholars in this field? What influence does it have on mainstream legal thoughts, legal professions, and legal practices?

[ITAL] 6/10 Legal Education & Legal Profession


  • Text: ch. 13.
  • “Paper Chase” (the movie).

Assignment: The Law School

  • Hints: How does a college student prepare herself in order to get into a law school? What does a typical law school curriculum look like? How does it contrast with ours? What is the average faculty/student ratio of law schools? What do law students do beside attending classes? How do law students find jobs? What is bar review?