IP, technology, human rights



Intellectual Property (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 862 surveys the legal principles and management of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents.

Copyright Law (3 cr.) D/N 626 considers the principles of copyright law, with attention to its historical development and future adaptability to technological developments and new circumstances, foundations for securing copyright privileges and allowing fair use of existing works, and comparisons to other legal protections of intellectual property.


Intellectual Property Survey. (LAW3871). 3 credits. This is an introduction to the law of intellectual property, principally addressing copyrights, trademarks and patents, as well as their limitations in a free society. Related concepts of unfair competition are also addressed. The course is intended for students taking fewer than all of the basic courses concentrating in the areas addressed, namely, Copyright, Trademarks and Patent Law. Intellectual property issues raised by new information technologies are emphasized throughout the course. Teaching techniques consist primarily of lecture and class discussion to varying degrees, depending upon enrollment. Grades are assigned principally on the basis of an examination that is administered at the end of the course.

Patent Law. (LAW 2921). 3 credits. This course provides a review of the common law and statutory protection afforded inventors, including the law of trade secrets and the U.S. Patent Laws. Emphasis is placed on the classes of patentable inventions; the conditions for patentability; the rights afforded a patentee, including limitations thereon; responsibilities of an attorney to the Patent Office; property and contract interests in patents; and remedies for infringement.

Transnational Law. (LAW 1716). 3 credits. This course introduces first-year law students to the growing reality of law practice in an era of increased global interaction and interdependence. Individuals in this globalized environment are increasingly likely to be engaged in activities that implicate more than just domestic and local law. Lawyers representing those individuals thus will be called upon to analyze and apply both international law and foreign law, or “transnational law,” to resolve legal issues for their clients. A fundamental understanding of law beyond American boundaries has become just as important as a fundamental knowledge of contracts, torts, property, criminal law, procedure, and the U.S. constitutional framework. This course aims to provide first year law students with an ability to identify legal issues in areas of “transnational” law that they are most likely to encounter in domestic law practice. This course intentionally does not, and cannot, provide a comprehensive, in depth, survey of all international and comparative law topics. Instead, like other first-year courses, it introduces the fundamental legal doctrines and issues to begin the study of transnational law while leaving more in-depth development for upper-level elective courses in international and comparative law.

YALE LAW SCHOOL: 2008-2010

Access to Knowledge Practicum (20428). 2 or 3 units. Students in this course will work on projects that promote innovation and distributive justice through the reform of intellectual property and telecommunications laws, treaties, and policies both internationally and in specific countries. These laws, treaties, and policies shape the delivery of health care services, technology, telecommunications access, education, and culture around the globe. Students will supplement projects with theoretical readings and frequent contact with Information Society Project Fellows. Paper required. Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to ten. L. DeNardis and L. Shaver. Open to students from other departments. Syllabus – Spring 2009

In the seminar setting, my goal is to facilitate a conversation in which students do most of the talking, building on each others’ ideas, reaching insights that none of them would have reached alone. I know it’s been a particularly successful session when class ends, and nobody leaves; they stay around to continue the conversation because it’s just that interesting.

Student evaluations from the 2008-2009 academic year

Fall 2008Spring 2009

A selection of student research to come out of the A2K Practicum…

Gabriel J. Michael, Catholic Thought and Intellectual Property: Learning from the Ethics of Obligation, forthcoming Journal of Law and Religion, 25 J. of L. & Religion 415 (2009). [SSRN]

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Access to Bio-Knowledge: From Gene Patents to Biomedical Materials, 2010 STAN. TECH. L. REV. N1 [SSRN].

Christopher A. Suarez, Proactive FTC/DOJ Intervention in the Google Book Search Settlement: Defending Our Public Values, Protecting Competition, 53 N. Y. L. SCHOOL L. REV. 2010 [SSRN].

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