Lawrence Pinsky (w/ permission of Greg R. Vetter)

Intellectual Property Survey, (Evening Section) Fall 2013

Course Description

This course covers domestic intellectual property laws - patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret - through statues and cases. It is designed to afford the student who intends to practice in other areas an acquaintance with key IP issues, principles and doctrine, and to provide the intellectual property and information law specialist an introduction to the overall subject. The course will provide roughly equal treatment of patent, copyright and trademark law, approximately four weeks for each, with the remainder applied to the law of trade secrets, introduction, and/or review.

Generally Applicable Syllabus Information

Please read carefully the Generally Applicable Syllabus Information. This document sets forth course policy for attendance, preparation and participation, use of computers, examination and grading, and other items. A complete understanding of this document is necessary to take full meaning from the Class Schedule and Other Information set forth immediately below.

Class Schedule and Other Information

Name:

Intellectual Property Survey

Course # / Section #:

5201 / 24770

Place:

[__]

Time:

Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. (1 class session per week, 2 credit hours) For each class session, we will hold class until 7:25 p.m. ,which gains two class periods in consideration of the cancellation days listed below.

UHLC Listing:

http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/class_information.asp?cid=24770

 

Required Text:

Casebook file given by the link below.

Supplement?:

There is no requirement to purchase a statutory supplement.

Prerequisites

None.

Grading:

The course grade will be primarily based on an open-materials final exam.

"Primarily" means that at least 95% of the course grade will be based on the final exam. Probably 100% of the course grade will be based on the final exam, but I want to have given notice of the possibility of a small percentage of the grade coming from other sources, most likely one or more small exercises.

Notwithstanding the above, my assessment of your in-class participation performance will not be a component of your grade.

Brief Description of Coverage:

The coverage goal is approximately fifty pages per week. Assignments will be detailed in the table below as the semester progresses.

 

Absences Limit:

Assuming two class meetings a week, six or less absences constitutes attendance meeting the eighty percent requirement. More than six absences means that the eighty percent requirement is not met.
Attendance will be taken via a roll sheet passed throughout the class each session.

"Pick your seat" seating chart date:

The first Thursday class session during the first week of class:
- Thursday, August 29, 2013.

 

Final Exam Date/Time:

Thursday, December 12, 2013; 1-3 p.m.

Final Exam Information:

Final Exam information will be distributed in class…

First day/week's assignment:

Read this course web page, the linked Generally Applicable Syllabus Information, and the assignments detailed in the table below for the first day/week of class.

 

Class Evaluation Day

{ forthcoming }

Audio Recording of Class Sessions

I have no plans to record the lectures, but I give my permission for any registered member of the class to record them for their own personal use so long as the contents are not distributed via any means to any other individual who is not a registered member of this class, and so long as they recordings are deleted and or otherwise destroyed immediately after the final exam.

Cancellation Day(s)

Monday, September 23, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013

Makeup for Cancelled Day:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Two makeup days are gained by running class an extra 15 minutes, until 7:25 p.m., for each of the 12 class meetings.No makeup classes are anticipated so long as the extra 15-minute extensions for the existing 12 meetings are held.  We will also hold a class on Friday, Sept. 13 to cover the final day of missed cancelled classes…

Contact Information and Office Hours

These are posted on my home page at:

http://www.uh.edu/~lpinsky/

Course Materials Links by Category

The links below are for general reference and may be used for some class assignments.

Patent Law

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Page
  • Selected patent law sections from 35 U.S.C. xxx extracted from the U.S. PTO consolidated laws

Copyright Law

  • United States Copyright Office
  • U.S. Copyright Office web page for the U.S. Copyright Statute  
  • Chap. 1: Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright (selected sections)
  • Chap. 2: Copyright Ownership and Transfer
  • Chap. 4: Copyright Notice, Deposit, and Registration
  • Chap. 5: Copyright Infringement and Remedies  

Trademark Law

  • United States PTO Trademarks Page
  • Lanham Act

Course Coverage Table

The tables immediately below provide the detailed assignments for this course. It also may provide links to materials for each class and other items related to the course. In order to allow flexibility in the class, assignments beyond those posted for the next week are subject to change; therefore, students who may wish to read ahead are urged to contact the professor before doing so. The rate of progress through the modules depends on the class dynamics.

Class presentation slides are provided as links below in association with each module title. I will generally have the slides available a day or two before a class session. If students want hardcopy of the slides for use during class, please download and print the linked slides file.

Case names are listed in the table below as assignments.

Note: the casebook for the course will be a .pdf file that is password protected due to the prepublication nature of the materials. For the 8 character (no numbers) password, please check whatever email you gave to the UH central campus, or contact me by email at:  pinsky@uh.edu.

Course casebook link: here

The page numbers given below will be slightly adjusted near the start of the class to correspond with the final form of the prepublication casebook.

Assignment

Start Page

Comment/Notes

Date

Introduction

Aug. 26

Copying - INS v. AP, 248 U.S. 215 (1918)     

12-23

Public Domain / IP / Misappropriation

23-30

 

 

Assignments - Trade Secrets

Start Page

Comment/Notes

Date

Information that Qualifies as a TS - Stenstrom Petroleum Svs. Grp, Inc. v. Mesch, 874 N.E.2d 959 (Ill. App. 2007)

51-60

 

Sept. 9

Secrecy & Reasonable Efforts to Preserve It

60-61

Ownership of TS Information - SI Handling Systems, Inc. v. Heisley, 753 F.2d 1244 (3rd Cir. 1985)

61-64

 

UTSA Scenarios; Problem

64-65

 

Misappropriation

65-66

 

Ed Nowogroski Insurance, Inc. v. Rucker, 971 P.2d 936 (Wash. 1999)

67-70

Misappropriation - Improper Means -

BondPro Corp. v. Siemens Pwr Gen., Inc., 463 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2006)

71-72

 

Misappropriation - Improper Means - Dupont v. Christopher 431 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1970)

72-77

 

Misappropriation Problem

77-79

Remedies

80-81

 

 

Assignments - Patents

Start Page

Comment/Notes

Date

Introduction

103-106

Friday Sept. 13

Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)

107-114

 

Madey v. Duke Univ., 307 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2002)

114-123

 

Problem

123

 

eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006)

124-131

 

Other Types of Patents

131-132

 

Claims & Claim Scope

133-142

 

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Example Patent

143-151

 

Claim Interpretation - Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc)

151-163

 

Problem

163-164

 

Chapter 6 Introduction

165-167

Sept. 16

Definiteness - Halliburton Energy Servs. v. M-I LLC, 514 F.3d 1244 (Fed. Cir 2008)

168-176

 

Enablement - CFMT, Inc. v. YieldUp Int’l Corp., 349 F.3d 1333 (2003)

177-182

 

-

Written Description - Gentry Gallery v. Berkline Corp., 134 F.3d 1473 (Fed. Cir. 1998)

n/a

6 pages omitted - not assigned

Problems 1 and 3

188-189

 

Chapter 7 Introduction

190

 

"Product" claims - [_Assn. of Molecular Pathology_] (2013)

?-?

Note 3

196-197

 

Process claims - Bilski v. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010)

197-209

 

Utility - Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc., 185 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 1999)

209-216

 

Problems 1, 2 and 4

216-217

 removed problem 4 from coverage

Chapter 8 Introduction - Prior Art

218-221

 

Anticipation by a Printed Publication - In re Hall, 781 F.2d 897 (Fed. Cir. 1986)

222-226

 

Novelty Defeating Disclosures and Priority

226-230

 

Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333 (1881)

231-236

An article of possible interest relating to this case.

-Sept. 30

Experimental Use Negation of Public Use - City of Elizabeth v. Am. Nicholson Pavement Co., 97 U.S. 126 (1877)

237-242

 

On Sale Bar - Pfaff v. Wells Elecs, 525 U.S. 55 (1998)

n/a

5 pages omitted - not assigned

Problems

246-247

omit problems 8 and 9

preAIA section 102

n/a

5 pages omitted - not assigned 

Obviousness - use of mutiple references

252-253

 

Graham v. John Deere Co. of Kansas City, 383 U.S. 1 (1966)

n/a

8 pages omitted - not assigned 

KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 U.S. 398 (2007)

261-273

 

"Secondary" Considerations

274-274

 

Analagous Arts - In re Bigio, 381 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2004)

275-277

 

Problems

277-278

 

Literal Infringement - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., No. C 03-2549 SBA (N.D. Cal. Feb. 5, 2005)

279-285

 

Oct. 7

DOE - Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997)

286-294

 

Dedication - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., 285 F.3d 1046 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (en banc)

294-298

 

PHE - Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722 (2002)

n/a

omitted - not assigned 

Problems 1 - 4

307-308

 

 

Assignments - Copyright

Start Page

Comment/Notes

Date

 

Introduction - The Copyright Divide

316-321

 

Oct. 7

Justifications - Mazer v. Stein, 347 U.S. 201 (1954)

321-327

 

Technological Challenges - A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)

328-335

 

Duration - Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003)

335-344

Oct. 14

Statutory Subject Matter - Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884)

345-350

 

Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., 188 U.S. 239 (1903)

351-354

 

Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)

354-363

 

-

Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879)

364-369

 

Authorship - James D.A. Boyle, The Search for an Author: Shakespeare and the Framers, 37 AM. U. L. REV. 625 (1988)

370-375

 

Joint Works - Thomson v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)

376-382

 

Works made for Hire - Hays v. Sony Corp. of America, 847 F.2d 412 (7th Cir. 1988)

383-387

 

Collective Works - New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001)

388-399

 

-

Fixation & Formalities

400-402

Hasbro v. Sparkle (2d. 1985)

403-407

4 pages omitted - not assigned 

Oct. 21

Fixation & Formalities

407-408

1 page omitted - not assigned 

Reproduction Right - Grand Upright Music Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., 780 F. Supp. 182 (1991)

409-412

Derivative Work Right - Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc., 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998)

412-418

 

Distribution Right - Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908)

418-421

 

Public Performance Right - Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken, 422 U.S. 151 (1975)

421-426

 

Public Display Right / Digital Transmission Right

427-428

 

-

Moral Rights - Gilliam v. ABC, 538 F.2d. 14 (2d. 1976)

428-437

9 pages omitted - not assigned 

Fair Use

438

 

Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)

439-449

 

Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985)

449-459

 

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994)

459-468

 

Nov. 4

Direct Infringement - Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions, Inc. v. McDonald’s Corp., 562 F.2d 1157 (9th Cir. 1977)

469-475

 

Three Boys Music Corp. v. Bolton, 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 2000)

475-481

 

Contributory and Vicarious Infringement - Fonovisa, Inc. v. Cherry Auction, Inc., 76 F.3d 259 (9th Cir. 1996)

omitted, along with all material in Copyright after this case

 

 

Assignments - Trademarks

Start Page

Comment/Notes

Date

Introduction

537-539

 

Nov. 4

Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg. Co. v. S. S. Kresge Co. 316 US 203 (1942)

539-542

 

Beating Global Monopolists at Their Own Marketing Game

542-544

 

David B. Findlay, Inc. v. Findlay, 218 NE2d 531 (NY Ct App. 1966)

544-547

 

Mattel Inc. v. Walking Mountain Productions, 353 F.3d 792 (9th Cir. 2003)

547-551

 

Nov. 11

In re Morton Norwich Products, Inc., 671 F.2d 1332 (CCPA 1982)

551-556

 

Additional Trademark Law Background

556-564

 

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. v. Hunting World, Inc., 537 F.2d 4 (2d Cir. 1976)

566-573

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame v. Gentile Productions, 134 F.3d 749 (6th Cir. 1998)

574-580

6 pages omitted - not assigned 

Acquired Distinctiveness

580-584

 

A.J. Canfield Company v. Honickman, 808 F.2d 291 (3rd Cir. 1986)

584-593

 

In re Budge Manufacturing Co. 857 F.2d 773 (Fed. Cir. 1988)

594-597

 

Nov. 18

In re Old Glory Condom Corp., 26 USPQ.2d 1216 (TTAB 1993)

597-600

 

Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., 50 USPQ2d 1705 (TTAB 1999)

601-608

 

In re California Innovations, Inc., 329 F3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2003)

609-616

7 pages omitted - not assigned 

Surnames, Confusion and Other Grounds for Refusal

617-618

 

Maryland Stadium Authority v. Becker, 806 F.Supp. 1236 (D. Md. 1992)

619-624

 

Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc. v. Thrift Cars, Inc., 831 F.2d 1177 (1st Cir. 1987)

624-631

 

 

Exxon Corporation v. Humble Exploration Company, Inc., 695 F2d 96 (5th Cir. 1983)

631-636

 

Dec, 2

Infringement - Confusion

642-646

 

 

McGregor-Doniger Inc. v. Drizzle Inc., 599 F.2d 1126 (2d Cir. 1979)

646-652

 

 

Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, Inc v. NBA Properties, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1084 (DNJ 1997)

653-663

 

 

Dilution - Visa Int’l Service Assn. v. JSL Corp., 590 F.Supp.2d 1306 (D. Nev. 2008)

670-677

 

 

Remedies remarks

677-678

 

 

Limitations - Classic Fair Use - KP Permanent Make-Up, 543 US 111 (2004)

679-683

 

 

Limitations - Nominative Fair Use - New Kids on the Block v. News America Pub., Inc., 971 F2d 302 (9th Cir. 1992)

683-688

 

 

(Review For Final Exam)  { end of class assignments }

 

 

 


 

 


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