Law 908 Seminar: Intellectual Property Theory
This seminar explores current issues in intellectual property law through the lens of intellectual property theory and history. It also provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of intellectual property law by researching and writing a scholarly article on a topic of their choosing. The first part of the course will provide an introduction to current topics in intellectual property theory. Students will read, present, and discuss related scholarly articles addressing a range of areas of intellectual property theory and practice, including history, philosophy, economics, and literary theory, among other things. The second part of the course will provide an opportunity to research and write a scholarly paper on a topic of the student's choosing, related to intellectual property in some way. Students will present their paper proposal and research to the class, prepare a draft, edit a draft written by one of their peers, and prepare a final draft. The course may also include guest lecturers, who will present and discuss their own research in intellectual property theory.