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LAW 899T
Competition: IP Law Moot Court

Law students participate in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, which focuses on trademark law problems. Students are coached by faculty in basic trademark legal issues and in oral advocacy skills. The class is to be completed in two semesters in which students draft a brief in the fall term and compete in oral argument in the first half of the spring term.

Units: 1 - 2 , Offered: Fall 2019 , Spring 2019

LAW 823
Copyright Law of the U.S.

This in-depth analysis of U.S. copyright law includes the history of the law, from the first copyright statutes through the major revisions of the 1909 Act, the 1976 Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Students explore legal issues relating to the registration process, defenses such as fair use and parody, and remedies for infringement. Terms for the licensing and/or transfer of copyright are also examined. Includes the impact of the use of digital media and the growth of the Internet on copyright protection. Intellectual Property LLM students are required to take this course, Trademark Law of the U.S., or Patent Law of the U.S.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

LAW 833
Entertainment Law

An introduction to the complex legal issues arising in the areas of music sound recordings and publishing, motion pictures, television, theater, and literary publishing in the United States and internationally. Covers the drafting of contracts in the entertainment industry, as well as dispute resolution alternatives. Students also study the roles of attorneys, agents and personal managers, as well as relevant legislation affecting the entertainment industry.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 896A
Externship: Civil Field Placement

<html>This course includes both classroom and field work components. In class, students work toward effectiveness in the field by developing skills, engaging in discussion, and reflecting on goals and performance. In the field, students practice civil litigation or transactional work at private or non-profit law offices, government agencies, or in the legal departments of businesses. <br> <br> During fall and spring semesters, class meets on six Mondays from 4:30-6:10 PM. Three classes meet on campus. Three classes meet by video conference. During the summer session, class may entail a full-day orientation class rather than six separate class meetings. Students may earn 2-8 credits and the class is offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. <br> <br>This course counts toward completion of the Experiential Learning Requirement and is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Application required by deadline to enroll and is subject to approval by the Externships Director. The deadline is posted on the externships web page found at <a href="https://bit.ly/2VGnTRW"> law.ggu.edu/clinics-and-centers/externships</a> </html>

Units: 2 - 8 , Offered: Fall 2019 , Summer 2019 , Spring 2019

LAW 823E
Intellectual Property Law Survey

An introduction to the U.S. law of copyright, trademark, and patent, this course explores state law of trade secrets, unfair competition, and the role of IP protection of computer programs. The course is designed for students interested in focusing on IP law or in simply getting a basic understanding of the key legal principles of IP law.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 823D
Intellectual Property Litigation: Copyright and Trademark

This course takes students through the various stages of an intellectual property litigation case, focusing on the issues specific to litigating trademark cases and copyright cases. Infringement and breach of contract situations form the basis for study and analysis. Litigation strategies, discovery techniques, and settlement negotiation issues are also addressed. This course counts toward completion of the JD Upper Division Writing Requirement.

Units: 2 , Offered: Spring 2019

LAW 875A
International Patent Law

This course provides students with an introduction to the contemporary administration and enforcement of international patent law. Given the current U.S. and international focus on the protection of international intellectual property and its impact on international trade, it should be of interest to all internationally oriented thinkers as well as intellectual property practitioners. The course is divided into an introductory section and a practical application section. The introductory section provides an overview of International Law and how Intellectual Property Law fits into that legal system. This introductory segment provides students with a basic understanding of fundamental principles of International Law and how it differs from domestic law. Typical subject matter will include areas such as fundamental concepts of International Law (customary law and treaty law) and the international institutions (such as the World Trade Organization - "WTO"), organizations (such as the World Intellectual Property Organization - "WIPO"), and agreements ( such as the WTO Agreement, the GATT, and the Patent Cooperation Treaty) that deal with the worldwide administration and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The practical application section allows students to apply what they have learned about these international institutions, organizations, and agreements to the solution of real-world administration enforcement issues. The practical application will entail case analyses and document preparation that provide the students with a practical skillset. While this course focuses on issues arising from the international registration and protection of patents, those issues are generally applicable to the international registration and protection of trademarks and copyrights as well. As such, this course is appropriate for all Intellectual Property students. This course does not require the technical or scientific background typically required of patent practitioners. The subject matter we will cover will typically be applicable (in principle) to all forms of intellectual property and adjustments can be made to include and accommodate other types of intellectual property protection as necessary. This course counts toward completion of the Upper Division Writing Requirement.

Units: 2 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 823G
IP Practicum: Patent Law

This course focuses on the primary legal and procedural requirements for preparing and prosecuting patent applications under federal law. The course is designed to introduce students to the main legal doctrines of the patent preparation and prosecution practice, as well as the strategic considerations underlying the lawyering process in this area of intellectual property law. A core component of this course is the use of simulations that require students to complete both written and oral assignments that emulate actual legal practice in patent preparation and prosecution, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Students will receive extensive feedback on assignments in order to enhance active learning of legal skills, legal writing skills, and professional development. Among the assignments, students may practice drafting patent applications, responding to office actions, performing patentability searches, and preparing client letters. This course counts toward completion of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

Units: 2 , Offered: Spring 2019

LAW 823P
IP Practicum: Trademark & Copyright Transactions

This course focuses on the primary legal and procedural requirements for registering, maintaining, exploiting, and enforcing trademarks and copyrights under federal law. The course is designed to introduce students to the main legal doctrines of trademark and copyright transactional practice, as well as the strategic considerations underlying the lawyering process in these areas of intellectual property law. A core component of this course is the use of simulations that require students to complete both written and oral assignments that emulate actual legal practice in trademark and copyright prosecution, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Copyright Office. Students will receive extensive feedback on assignments in order to enhance active learning of legal skills, legal writing skills, and professional development. This course counts toward completion of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

Units: 2 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 833D
Negotiating and Drafting Contracts in the Entertainment Business

This advanced course in entertainment law focuses on the drafting and negotiation of the numerous agreements involved in entertainment projects. Sound recording and publishing contracts in the music business and licensing agreements for the online distribution of music and audiovisual works are examined in detail. Students get hands-on experience in drafting these agreements. They also analyze negotiation points and discuss negotiation tips and strategies with experienced practitioners in entertainment law. Prerequisite: Entertainment Law.

Units: 2 , Offered: Spring 2019

LAW 875
Patent Law of the US

This course offers an in-depth exploration of patent law and patent litigation practice. The course covers understanding of the patent document and the patent prosecution process, patent infringement, claim construction, requirements for patentability, defenses to patent infringement, and patent remedies. The course involves readings and discussions related to substantive patent law and practical exercises designed to teach the class how to litigate a patent case. These practical exercises include written pleadings, motions, and papers as well as in-class litigation exercises. A technical background is not required. This course satisfies the upper division writing requirement. This course satisfies a requirement of the Intellectual Property Law Certificate. Intellectual Property LLM students are required to take this course, Copyright Law of the US, or Trademark Law of the US.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 875C
Patent Litigation

This course takes students through the various stages of preparing a patent infringement or validity challenge case through trial. Litigation strategies, discovery, and pre-trial motions are covered.

Units: 2

LAW 743B
Privacy Law

This course explores the genesis of and current state of the area of law commonly known as 'data protection' or 'privacy' law. We will compare approaches and requirements of various countries and regions (including where there are tensions between and among such laws), focus on privacy issues across various industry sectors, and explore options for national and international compliance, including with respect to surveillance by companies, in the workplace, and by government. We will also consider various uses of and protections as applied to privacy policies, email/spam, and children online. Students examine new and pending Internet and privacy-related legislation and its impact on business and technology. Recommended co-requisite: Cyberlaw

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

LAW 743C
Privacy Law & Technology

This course explores the current and rapidly evolving state of the area of privacy law. We will concentrate on privacy issues raised by developments in technology and explore a range of legal approaches and responses, evaluating their effectiveness, consistency, and practicability. Students examine current and emerging technologies as well as attempts at regulation to determine the effectiveness and the impact on business and technology. No prerequisites, but Cyberlaw & Privacy (Law 743B) is recommended.

Units: 2 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 873
Sports Law

This is a survey course covering the many legal issues related to the sports industry-both professional and amateur sports. The course examines the legal relationships between athletes, teams, leagues, governing bodies, sports facilities, licensees, broadcasters, and fans. Legal issues covered include contracts, antitrust, labor, intellectual property, constitutional, tort law, and other areas of law. Sports industry financial and business issues are also covered.

Units: 2 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 823T
Trade Secrets Law

This course will provide students with an introduction to a specific discipline of Intellectual Property Law that has experienced spectacular growth with the advances in digital technology and the proliferation of technological entrepreneurism. The course will provide students with an understanding of what trade secrets are and why they are crucial to a business enterprise. Students will gain some practical experience in how trade secrets are protected and managed in order to facilitate their understanding of the concept of misappropriation of trade secrets. Finally, the course will allow students to become familiar with trade secret litigation (tactics and defenses), remedies for misappropriation of trade secrets, and the criminal consequences of trade secret misappropriation. The course will use a problem/case-study approach in dealing with the basics of trade secret law and the legal issues arising from the misappropriation of trade secrets. This course stresses the practical aspects of trade secret law by giving students the opportunity to produce meaningful deliverables in the same manner as they would as a junior associate in a law firm.

Units: 2

LAW 891
Trademark Law of the US

This course covers US trademark law and the role trademark protection plays in interstate commerce. Students explore the legal issues arising from the registration process with special attention to the business perspectives on trademark protection. The course also examines the interaction between domain names and trademarks and the general impact of the Internet on trademark law. Intellectual Property LL.M. students are required to take this course, Copyright Law of the US or Patent Law of the US.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2019

LAW 827B
Venture Capital Business Transactions

Using the venture capital financing of a start-up company as a transactional model, this class focuses on the practical mechanics of how a business transaction is structured and implemented from term sheet to closing. The purpose of the course is to convey practical lessons that are transferable to any business transaction. Coursework covers the documentation, legal issues, business issues, and mechanical process of closing a preferred stock financing on behalf of a venture-backed start up. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Business Associations is required; Recommended: prior securities law class advisable but not required. This course counts toward the Certificates of Specialization for both Business Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

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