Greg R. Vetter

Intellectual Property Survey, Fall 2014

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 / 18527
Place: TUII 215
Time: Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. (1 class session per week, 2 credit hours is 100 minutes, which is a stop time of 7:10 p.m.; after the first ten classes a full class will have been gained, after which class will stop at 7:10 p.m.)
UHLC Listing: http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/class_information.asp?cid=12658
 
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 based on an open-materials final exam.
Brief Description of Coverage: This class will meet in one 2.0 credit-hour period each week . The coverage goal is approximately 35-40 pages per period. Assignments will be detailed in the table below as the semester progresses.
 
Absences Limit: Assuming one class meeting a week, three or less absences constitutes attendance meeting the eighty percent requirement. More than three 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 class session during the first week of class:
- Monday, August 25, 2014
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Monday, December 8, 2014; 6-8 p.m.
Final Exam Information: click here for the Final Exam page.
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 will audio tape the class sessions using a portable recorder attached to my person and post links to the audio tracks on the class web site for the sole and limited educational purpose of allowing students to stream the recorded sessions to review or to enable students who missed a class to hear the class presentation. Any audio tracks created will be deleted and destroyed after the final exam for the class. Since I call on students, there is a slight chance that your contributions to class discussion, whether voluntary or while on call, may be included in the audio recording. The chance is slight because the recording technology I use does a poor job of picking up any voices other than my own. Your continued registration in this class indicates your acquiescence to any such incidental recording for the purposes described above unless, if you have concerns about this, please come speak with me as soon as possible but in no event later than the first day of the second week of class.
Cancellation Day(s)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Scheduling Note: Tuesday, Dec. 2, is not a "Tuesday" from the perspective of Law Center courses.
Makeup for Cancelled Day:

The cancelled class is made up by running class an extra ten minutes for the first ten class periods. Normal stop time is 7:10 p.m., but the stop time during the first ten classes will be 7:20 p.m.

Contact Information and Office Hours

These are posted on my home page at:

www.law.uh.edu/faculty/gvetter/

Course Materials Links by Category

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

Patent Law

Copyright Law

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.

After each class session, the class date will become a hyperlink to the audio for that class.

Case names are listed in the table below as assignments.

The call group assignment list is posted here for downloading as a .pdf file, with a password required to open the file. That password was given out in class.

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, all lower case) password, please check whatever email you gave to the UH central campus, or contact my suite secretary, where her contact information can be found here.

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.

Module 1: Introduction and Overview (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
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Date
Call Group
Introduction
All
Copying - INS v. AP, 248 U.S. 215 (1918)
12-22

 
Module 2: Trade Secrets (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
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Date
Call Group
Information that Qualifies as a TS - Stenstrom Petroleum Svs. Grp, Inc. v. Mesch, 874 N.E.2d 959 (Ill. App. 2007)
41-49
Secrecy & Reasonable Efforts to Preserve It
50
Ownership of TS Information - SI Handling Systems, Inc. v. Heisley, 753 F.2d 1244 (3rd Cir. 1985)
51-54
 
UTSA Scenarios; Problem
54
 
Misappropriation
54-56
 
Ed Nowogroski Insurance, Inc. v. Rucker, 971 P.2d 936 (Wash. 1999)
56-60
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Misappropriation - Improper Means -
BondPro Corp. v. Siemens Pwr Gen., Inc., 463 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2006)
60-61
 
Misappropriation - Improper Means - Dupont v. Christopher 431 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1970)
61-67
 
Misappropriation Problem
67-68
Remedies
69-70
 
Module 3: Patent Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
92-95
Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)
95-102
 
Madey v. Duke Univ., 307 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
103-111
 
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Problem
111-112
 
eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006)
112-118
 
Other Types of Patents
118-119
 
Claims & Claim Scope
120-127
 
Example Patent
128-135
 
Claim Interpretation - Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc)
136-148
 
Problem
148-149
 
Chapter 6 Introduction
150-153
Definiteness - Halliburton Energy Servs. v. M-I LLC, 514 F.3d 1244 (Fed. Cir 2008)
153-161
 
Definiteness - Nautilus v Biosig (2014) (link)
notes 1 & 4 to 7, pgs. 159-160
 
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Enablement - CFMT, Inc. v. YieldUp Int’l Corp., 349 F.3d 1333 (2003)
161-167
 
Written Description - Atlantic Research Marketing Systems v. Troy, 659 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2011)
n/a
7 pages omitted - not assigned
Problems 1 and 3
176-177
 
Chapter 7 Introduction
178
 
"Product" claims - Assn. of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics --- U.S. --- (2013)
179-187
Process claims - Bilski v. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010)
187-198
 
Process claims - Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank, ___ S. Ct. ____ (2014) (link)
notes 3 & 5, pgs. 197-198
 
Utility - Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc., 185 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 1999)
199-205
 
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Problems 1 and 2
205-206
 
Chapter 8 Introduction - Prior Art
207-210
 
Anticipation by a Printed Publication - In re Hall, 781 F.2d 897 (Fed. Cir. 1986)
211-215
Note 5 on page 214-215 is not assigned. 
Novelty Defeating Disclosures and Priority
215-219
 
Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333 (1881)
220-224
An article of possible interest relating to this case.
Experimental Use Negation of Public Use - City of Elizabeth v. Am. Nicholson Pavement Co., 97 U.S. 126 (1877)
225-230
 
On Sale Bar - Pfaff v. Wells Elecs, 525 U.S. 55 (1998)
n/a
5 pages omitted - not assigned
Problems
234-237
omit problems 8 and 9
preAIA section 102
n/a
5 pages omitted - not assigned 
Obviousness - use of mutiple references
241-242
 
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)
250-263
 
"Secondary" Considerations
263-264
 
Analagous Arts - In re Bigio, 381 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2004)
264-266
 
Problems
267-268
 
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Literal Infringement - Larami Corp. v. Amron (E.D. Pa. 1993)
269-273
 
DOE - Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997)
273-281
 
Dedication - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., 285 F.3d 1046 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (en banc)
281-287
 
PHE - Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722 (2002)
n/a
omitted - not assigned 
Problems 1 - 4
296-297
 Here is a site with patent statistics.
 
Module 4: Copyright Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
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Date
Call Group
 
Introduction - The Copyright Divide
304-308
 
Justifications - Mazer v. Stein, 347 U.S. 201 (1954)
309-315
 
Technological Challenges - A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)
315-323
 
Duration - Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003)
323-332
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Statutory Subject Matter - Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884)
333-338
 
Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., 188 U.S. 239 (1903)
338-342
 
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)
342-351
 
Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879)
352-357
 
Authorship - James D.A. Boyle, The Search for an Author: Shakespeare and the Framers, 37 AM. U. L. REV. 625 (1988)
358-363
 
Joint Works - Thomson v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)
364-370
 
Works made for Hire - Hays v. Sony Corp. of America, 847 F.2d 412 (7th Cir. 1988)
371-375
 
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Collective Works - New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001)
376-387
 
Fixation & Formalities
388-390
Hasbro v. Sparkle (2d. 1985)
391-395
4 pages omitted - not assigned 
Publication
395-396
1 page omitted - not assigned 
Reproduction Right - Grand Upright Music Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., 780 F. Supp. 182 (1991)
397-400
Derivative Work Right - Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc., 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998)
400-406
 
Distribution Right - Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908)
406-409
 
Public Performance Right - Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken, 422 U.S. 151 (1975)
409-414
 
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Public Display Right / Digital Transmission Right
415-416
 
Moral Rights - Gilliam v. ABC, 538 F.2d. 14 (2d. 1976)
416-425
9 pages omitted - not assigned 
Fair Use
426
 
Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
427-437
 
Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985)
437-447
 
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994)
447-456
 
Direct Infringement - Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions, Inc. v. McDonald’s Corp., 562 F.2d 1157 (9th Cir. 1977)
457-463
 
Three Boys Music Corp. v. Bolton, 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 2000)
464-469
 
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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
 
Module 5: Trademark Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
525-527
 
Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg. Co. v. S. S. Kresge Co. 316 US 203 (1942)
527-530
 
Beating Global Monopolists at Their Own Marketing Game
530-532
 
David B. Findlay, Inc. v. Findlay, 218 NE2d 531 (NY Ct App. 1966)
532-535
 
Mattel Inc. v. Walking Mountain Productions, 353 F.3d 792 (9th Cir. 2003)
535-538
 
In re Morton Norwich Products, Inc., 671 F.2d 1332 (CCPA 1982)
539-544
 
Additional Trademark Law Background
544-555
 
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. v. Hunting World, Inc., 537 F.2d 4 (2d Cir. 1976)
556-564
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame v. Gentile Productions, 134 F.3d 749 (6th Cir. 1998)
564-570
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Acquired Distinctiveness
571-574
 
R
A.J. Canfield Company v. Honickman, 808 F.2d 291 (3rd Cir. 1986)
574-583
 
In re Budge Manufacturing Co. 857 F.2d 773 (Fed. Cir. 1988)
584-587
 
In re Old Glory Condom Corp., 26 USPQ.2d 1216 (TTAB 1993)
587-591
 
Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., 50 USPQ2d 1705 (TTAB 1999)
591-597
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
notes
598-600
 
Geography
601-602
 
In re California Innovations, Inc., 329 F3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2003)
603-609
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Surnames, Confusion and Other Grounds for Refusal
609-611
 
Maryland Stadium Authority v. Becker, 806 F.Supp. 1236 (D. Md. 1992)
612-617
 
Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc. v. Thrift Cars, Inc., 831 F.2d 1177 (1st Cir. 1987)
618-624
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Exxon Corporation v. Humble Exploration Company, Inc., 695 F2d 96 (5th Cir. 1983)
625-630
 
Infringement - Confusion
636-640
 
McGregor-Doniger Inc. v. Drizzle Inc., 599 F.2d 1126 (2d Cir. 1979)
640-646
AccessUH for course evaluation
Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, Inc v. NBA Properties, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1084 (DNJ 1997)
647-661
Dilution - Visa Int’l Service Assn. v. JSL Corp., 590 F.Supp.2d 1306 (D. Nev. 2008)
664-671
 
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Remedies remarks
671-672
 
Limitations - Classic Fair Use - KP Permanent Make-Up, 543 US 111 (2004)
674-678
AccessUH for course evaluation
Limitations - Nominative Fair Use - New Kids on the Block v. News America Pub., Inc., 971 F2d 302 (9th Cir. 1992)
678-684
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Last modified on October 28, 2014, by Greg R. Vetter