LAW 5862: Foundations of Intellectual Property Law Seminar - 2214

Foundations of Intellectual Property Law Seminar
Class Term:
Spring Term 2020-2021
Catalog Number:


3 (2 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
Seminar - 3rd Year Priority
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Grading Details

The grade for the seminar will be based on a substantial body of writing based on original research, and on class participation (possibly including one or more oral presentations).


Any one of the 5 courses listed can count as the  prerequities for registration in the seminar.



This seminar deals with the theoretical and policy foundations of patent, copyright, and trademark law. The readings consist of both contemporary and "classic" law review articles and other primary and secondary sources that explore connections between intellectual property law and a variety of possible justifications for the law and its leading cases, statutes, and treaties, including history, liberal political theory, economics and other social sciences, literary theory, and cultural theory. The bulk of the work of the seminar consists of supervision and discussion of original research by students  (that is, research in print collections and other collections of analog sources, and digital archives of print collections) on historical intellectual property topics of their choosing, and the production and classroom presentation of a significant piece of original writing by each student.

Foundations of Intellectual Property Law Seminar