This seminar gives you the opportunity to participate in cutting edge intellectual property scholarship. In order to take this seminar, you must have already taken a course in some area of intellectual property. As explained below, the seminar also requires your attendance at two day-long workshops, to take place on two Fridays, February 23 and March 23.
We will read and discuss works in progress of eight leading intellectual property scholars (as well as some related readings). We will have one seminar meeting for each work in progress. At the two day-long workshops, the authors whose work we have already discussed will present their papers and respond to comments and questions. You will write 3 to 5 page papers setting forth your analysis and comments on seven of the eight works in progress. Copies of your papers will be provided to the authors, so they can have the benefit of your input.
The workshops will be open to all law school faculty and students. (Faculty from other departments will be invited as well.) But students enrolled in the seminar will have priority for asking questions and providing comments.
NOTE: For Spring 2007, all of the works-in-progress will focus on some aspect of IP history or historiography. We will study IP history for its own sake and ask how IP history might impact current debates regarding the scope of IP protection.