Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 775 Ip Law: Product Design



Course Description

This course will cover topics in copyright law, trademark law and design patent law respecting the legal protection of industrial design. More specifically, the course will cover how copyright law distinguishes between the protectable and unprotectable elements of such items as furniture, appliances, and other household goods, how trademark law provides limited protection to the shape of useful articles under the doctrine of trade dress, and how the United States Patent Office determines whether or not to grant design patent protection to similar products. This course provides students who have taken one or more of the basic Intellectual Property courses an opportunity to explore these three topics in depth and comparatively. The course also allows students who have not taken the basic courses to get an introduction to three different areas of Intellectual Property Law.