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Fall 2020
5297 IP for Tech Startups I (IPTS) - WATKINS- 26292

Professor(s): Marcella Watkins (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 
Business and Commercial Law

Time: ARRANGED    Location:  

Course Outline: This course provides an integrated learning experience for all major areas of intellectual property and information law that relate to technology startups. The Law Center student learning is obtained by working with the course instructor and by engaging with tech entrepreneur trainees seeking training in these subjects.
Law students will train tech entrepreneurs about IP law including trade secret law, trademark law, patent law, copyright law, licensing, and other areas. The course aims to train tech entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills to develop sound IP strategies to preserve and optimize the value of their IP. Law students will gain a greater knowledge of substantive law and IP research tools, develop the ability to explain the law to tech clients, gain practice speaking and thinking on their feet, improve legal research skills, and gain an understanding of considerations that go into developing robust IP strategies
The Law Center students provide the entrepreneur trainees with guidance and information to better understand how IP relates to technology startups. The course is not a clinic and the trainees are not clients. The goal is to facilitate the ability of the trainees to use the intellectual property law system to help grow a startup enterprise.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Here is more detail on the course instructor:
The registration system does not enforce the course prerequisites stated below. If a student registers for the course and does not satisfy the prerequisite such person will be deregistered to enable a student on the waiting list to enter the course.

Self-study Materials:
What Start-ups Need to Know About Intellectual Property, (Sept. 25, 2018), available at
Tom Kulik, Risky business: the Five Biggest IP Mistakes Startups Make, (August 2018), available at
Jacqueline Hooper, Safeguard Your Startup With An Intellectual Property Strategy, (October 16, 2018), available at
William W. Fisher, III, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Strategic Management of Intellectual Property: An Integrated Approach , Vol. 55, No. 4, California Management Review (2013)
Jeffrey Schox, Not So Obvious: An Introduction to Patent Law and Strategy (2015)
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property: A Guide for Engineers, (2000), Paperback $15-$20 Kindle Format $9.99
Jon Hurdle, (2020, February 21) A Formula for Growth After the Start-Up Stage, New York Times
Nine Key Frameworks for Entrepreneurship – summarizes non-IP issues relating to startups
Jeff Schox - What Do Startups Need To Know About Patent Law? – IT patent attorney presents a summary of startup IP issues; N.B. This article predates the AIA.
Additional readings for this course will be provided after discussion with the class.

Prerequisites: Yes  Intellectual Property Survey or one patent course in a prior semester; qualifying patent courses are: Patent Law; Patent Remedies and Defenses; Patent Prosecution; or Procedure of Patent Litigation. Permission of the instructor can also meet the prerequisite, but such permission will be based on a significant prior background in patent law, such as a JD student who is a patent agent but has not

First Day Assignments: Watch episodes of Silicon Valley episodes 1, 2, and 3 prior to first class.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:
Exam: No
Paper: See Course Syllabus

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (7/12/2020 3:12:58 PM)

No book required for this course