SEMINAR: ADVANCED TOPICS IN

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

 

SPRING 2018

 

TOPIC SELECTION NEEDED BEFORE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES:

The topic needs to be an approved (by me) research topic, the kind a judge or law firm partner would assign, with a product that reports the authorities; not an essay on your views.

To do a quality job without emotional distress, you need to investigate your subject, and pull the key authorities, before the semester begins.

 

CLASS SESSIONS:

Will meet in the classroom on Jan. 16; Feb. 20; and Aprr. 27. I will also schedule one-on-one meetings with you.

Further re. topics:

High-visibility cases, such as recent Supreme Court decisions, are generally not advisable: (1) They have already been written to death by other scholars; and (2) they impair your ability to get your paper published after the semester ends.

You need a topic that has enough published material on it (cases; statutes; proposed statutes; etc.) to "make it go," i.e., to have something to write about.

Suggested approach: Go through Bloomberg's BNA weekly journal, read the highlights for the past 6-12 months, and find a topic of interest.

Alternatively: Prior to Thanksgiving I will send by email a list of topics of particular interest to me. However, you will do best by picking one of interest to you.

 


 

THE PAPER -- 4 NON-EXTENDABLE SUBMISSION DATES:

The graded paper is due by email in three equal parts; 25 points each. A final submission, which is a composite of the first three with whatever editing you wish, is due by email by April 27; 25 points. No extensions can be allowed for any reason, but early submissions are welcome.

Each of the submissions is by email attachment in Word. I prefer double spacing throughout, for convenience of commenting. The length for each submission should be approximately 6,000 - 7,000 words -- or about 15 pages -- for text and notes combined. The final paper will then be about 18,000 - 21,000 words or 45 pages.

I will send my comments on each submission, using the change-tracking feature in Word, within a week of receipt.

Blue Book format is needed for all cites. Discursive footnotes (i.e., longer than a mere parenthetical) will be most helpful to provide support for what you are saying in the text.

Here is a note on footnote writing style, especially how to avoid the overuse of parentheticals.