Greg R. Vetter

Licensing & Technology Transfer, Spring 2014

Course Description

This course covers a study of licensing in the following types of licenses: patent, copyright, trademark, know-how, and digital information.

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: Licensing & Technology Transfer
Class # / Section #: 5360 / 17138
Place: TUII-215
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (2 class sessions per week, 3 credit hours)
UHLC Listing: http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/class_information.asp?cid=12006
 
Required Text:

Raymond T. Nimmer, Licensing of Intellectual Property and Other Information Assets (2d ed. 2007) (Lexis)

Supplement?: There is no requirement to purchase a statutory supplement.

Certain documents may be assigned from time to time from sources other than the casebook. These documents will be provided via links in the class assignment table below or in a separate page of class links. Paper copies of these documents will typically not be provided in class, so students should plan to print them or review them electronically.
Prerequisites IP Survey, Patent Law, or Copyright Law
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: This class will meet in two 1.5 credit-hour blocks each 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: Thursday, January 16, 2014
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Tuesday, May 6, 2014; 9 a.m. - noon
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.
 
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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 shortly 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, you 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)

none.

Makeup(s) for Cancelled Day(s): none.

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.

Licensing Treatises with Example Forms

Course Coverage Table

The table linked below provides 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 the material for that class. 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.

The casebook makes some use of "problems" - which in many cases are fact patterns adopted from actual cases. The problems' purpose is to illustrate twists in doctrine and provide additional context. When a problem is included in the assigned reading, there is no reason to write out an answer to the problem. Rather, it is sufficient to think about the problem and if desired make a few notes. Problems in the assigned reading may be the focus of class discussion, but will not always be touched upon in class.

Case names are listed in the table below as assignments. Sometimes there are several paragraphs of introduction before the case when the case is the lead case in a new subheading in the book. These introductory paragraphs are part of the assignment and should be read along with the case.

Call assignment will be as described in the Generally Applicable Syllabus, or per the method below, depending on the number of course enrollees.

Revision to Generally Applicable Syllabus: Call assignment for cases is by individual using the first several letters of the last name, proceeding alphabetically most of the time. If a person assigned to a case does not appear for a class session, I will look for volunteers. Adjustment of individual case assignments may occur up to mid-evening (around 7 pm) of the night before class.
Students must email me if they will not attend in order for this system to work well.

 

Module 1: Nature of a License (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Introduction
1-7
SpindelFabrik v. Schubert & Salzar (Fed. Cir. 1987)
8-13
M
in class discussion is to compare this model to the example given in the casebook
Siedle v. NASD (MD Florida 2003)
13-17
another license example
Che
What law applies - Federal Law - ProCD v. Zeidenberg (7th 1996)
17-24
Ca
Dailey v. Firetree, Ltd. (M.D. Pa. 2006)
n/a
here is the link to the Westlaw edition of the case; the cite is: 2006 WL 148879
B
Lasercomb v. Reynolds (4th 1990)
24-32
A
What law applies within a State - Zapatha v. Dairy Mart (Mass 1980)
32-38
K
Gilmer v. Buena Vista Home Video (WD Ark. 1996)
38-40
De
Advant Sys v. Unisys Corp (3rd 1991)
40-46
Du
Microsoft v. AT&T (2007)
47-55
Cho
Module 2: Contract Formation (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Introductory materials
57-60
 
Expansion Plus v. Brown-Foreman Corp. (5th 1998)
60-62
 
Celeritas Tech. v. Rockwell (Fed. Cir. 1998)
62-67
Ha
Idea Submissions - Nadel v. Play-by-Play Toys (2d Cir. 1999)
67-77
Coca-Cola Company idea submittal page, license presentation page, and license.
Hu
Wrench LLC v. Taco Bell (6th Cir. 2001)
77-87
M
Shrinkwrap - Mortenson Co. v. Timberline Software (2d Cir. 1999)
87-97
Wa
Online - Specht v. Netscape (2d Cir. 2002)
97-108
Wi
 
Module 3:Statutes of Frauds, Writings & Electronic Licenses (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Formalities & Disclosures - Commonwealth Film Processing v. Courtaulds US (WD Va. 1989)
109-114
 
X
Grappo v. Alitalia (2d. 1995)
115-119
Electronic Records & Signatures - Parma Tile Mosaic & Marble v. Short (NY 1996)
119-123
B
Reforms, Disclosure & Attribution
123-131
FTC v. Verity Intl. (SDNY 2000)
132-139
Ca
 
Module 4: Exclusive Licenses (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Rite-Hite v. Kelley Co. (Fed. Cir. 1995)
141-150
 
A
Obligation to exploit - Permanence v. Kennametal (E.D. Mich. 1989)
150-156
Che
Mech. Ice Tray v. GM (2d Cir. 1944)
156-161
Cho
Standing to sue - Textile Prod. v. Mead Corp. (Fed. Cir. 1998)
161-165
De
IP Prop. Dev. Inc. v. TCI Cablevision (Fed. Cir. 2001)
165-173
Du
ICEE Dist. Inc. v. J&J Snack Foods (5th Cir. 2003)
173-176
Ha
Gruen Marketing Corp. v. Benrus Watch Co. (ND Ill. 1997)
176-181
Hu
n/a
 
Kepner-Tregoe v. Vroom (2d Cir. 1999)
185-189
K
Licensor obligations - Duncan v. Royal Tops Mfg. (7th Cir. 1965)
181-184
 
Module 5: Interpretation and the Grant Clause (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Interpretation
193-195
Grant - Defining Subject Matter - Cyrix Corp. v. Intel Corp. (Fed. Cir. 1996)
196-204
 
Wa
Apple v. Microsoft (9th Cir.1994)
204-209
Wi
Sun v. Microsoft (9th Cir. 1999)
209-219
 
X
Kennedy v. NJDA (7th Cir. 1999)
219-224
A
Changing Tech. & Context - State Contracting & Engr. v. Florida (Fed. Cir. 2001)
224-226
 
B
Boosey & Hawkes v. Disney (2d Cir. 1999)
226-234
 
Ca
Random House v. Rosetta Books (SDNY 2002)
234-243
M
Module 6: Transfer, First Sale & Exhaustion (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Everex Sys. v. CadTrak (9th Cir. 1996)
245-252
Che
TAP Pubs. v. Chinese Yellowpages (SDNY 1996)
252-255
Cho
Non-Assignment Clauses - PPG v. Guardian (6th Cir. 1979)
255-262
De
First Nationwide Bank v. Florida Software Svs (MD Fla 1991)
262-267
 
Du
Adobe v. One Stop Micro (ND Cal. 2000)
274-279
Ha
First Sale & Exhaustion - DSC Comms. v. Pulse Comms. (Fed. Cir. 1999)
267-274
 
Hu
Patent Exhaustion - Mallinckrodt v. Medipart (Fed. Cir. 1992)
283-290
K
Intel v. ULSI (Fed. Cir. 1993)
290-293
M
n/a
Wa
Bona fide purchases / unauthorized transfers - Rhone-Poulenc v. DeKalb Genetics (Fed. Cir. 2002)
293-299
Wi
Central Point Software v. Global Software (EDNY 1995)
279-283
X
Microsoft v. Harmony Computers (EDNY 1994)
299-304
A
 
Module 7: Implied Licenses (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Wang v. Mitsubishi (Fed. Cir. 1997)
305-312
 
B
Foad Consulting v. Musil Govan Azzalino (9th Cir. 2001)
312-319
Ca
IAE v. Shaver (7th 1996)
319-326
Che
Hilgraeve Corp. v. Symantec Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2001)
326-330
Cho
Jacobs v. Nintendo (Fed. Cir. 2004)
330-334
De
Met-Coil v. Korners (Fed. Cir. 1986)
335-337
Du
Anton/Bauer, Inc. v. PAG, Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2003)
337-344
Ha
Jazz Photo v. ITC (Fed. Cir. 2001)
344-349
Hu
McCoy v. Mitsuboshi Cutlery, Inc., (Fed. Cir. 1995)
349-353
K
 
Module 8: Reps, Warranties, Covenants & Liability Risk (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
{ resv }
Date
Call
Validity - Loew's v. Wolff (S.D. Cal. 1951)
355-364
 
M
Non-Infringement - Chemtron v. Aqua Prods (ED Va. 1993)
364-367
Wa
Estoppel - Troxel Manufacturing Co. v. Schwinn Bicycle Co.(6th 1972)
367-376
Wi
Saturday Evening Post v. Rumbleseat Press (7th Cir. 1987)
376-380
Idaho Potato v. M&M Produce (2d Cir. 2003)
380-385
Idaho Potato Commission Licensing Page and Marks
-
Licensor Obligations - Value of Rights - Westowne Shoes v. Brown (7th Cir. 1997)
385-390
Quality of Performance - DPS v. LH Smith Oil (Ind. App. 1986)
390-395
Rosenstein v. Standard & Poor's (Ill. App. 1993)
395-401
{ this is not an assigned case }
{ end of assignments }
Chodos v. West Pub. (9th Cir. 2002)
401-410
3rd Party Product Liability - Torres v. Goodyear (Arizona 1990)
425-428
 
Module 9: License Terms to Expand Property (slides)
Assignment Pages Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Trademark QC - Barcamerica v. Tyfield (9th Cir. 2002)
429-437
Exxon v. Oxxford Clothes (5th Cir. 1997)
437-442
Disclosure / Competition - IDX Systems v. EPIC Systems (7th Cir. 2002)
442-447
Eden Hannon v. Sumitomo Trust (4th Cir. 1990)
448-454
 
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LicEE Developments - Liu v. Price Waterhouse (7th Cir. 2002)
454-459
 
Module 10: Duration (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
{No Assignments}
 
Module 11: Royalties & Payment (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
Royalty Base - Allen Archery v. Precision Shooting (7th Cir. 1989)
499-506
-
Zenith Radio v. Hazeltine Research (1969)
511-519
Duration - Brulotte v. Thys (1965)
537-543
Assigning Royalties - Broadcast Music v. Hirsch (9th 1997)
543-546
-
 
 
 
Module 12: Remedies (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
{No Assignments}
 
Module 13: Antitrust (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Date
Call
{No Assignments}
 

Last modified on April 10, 2014, by Greg R. Vetter