Greg R. Vetter

Intellectual Property Survey, Fall 2009

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 / 16452
Place: BLB 209
Time: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. (1 class session per week, 2 credit hours)
 
Required Text:

Cases and materials given in the class assignment table below.

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

The cases and materials documents will be provided via links in the class assignment table below. Paper copies of these documents will typically not be provided in class, so students should plan to print them or review them electronically.
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: This class will meet in one 2.0 credit-hour blocks each week. The coverage goal is approximately thirty to thirty-five pages per block. 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:
- Tuesday, August 25, 2009.
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Tuesday, December 15, 2009; 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 Tuesday, Nov. 10
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) Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
Scheduling Note: There is no class on Tuesday, Dec. 1; that day is not a "Tuesday" from the perspective of Law Center courses.
Makeup for Cancelled Day: Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 (same time and room)

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

  • 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

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 is exactly the same as the password given to access the cases and materials .pdf files.

Note: the links to the cases and materials go to a .pdf file that is password protected due to the prepublication nature of the materials. For the 8 character password, please check whatever email you gave to the UH central campus.

Module 1: Introduction and Overview (cases and materials) (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
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Date
Call Group
Introduction
n/a
Tues., Aug. 25
All
Copying - INS v. AP, 248 U.S. 215 (1918)
4-16
Public Domain - McClain v. State, 269 S.W.3d 191 (Tex. App. 2008)
16-19

Types of Intellectual Property and Justifications for It
19-24
 
Federalism Issues - Trademark Cases, 100 U.S. 82 (1879)
24-27
 
Bonito Boats, Inc. v. Thunder Craft Boats, Inc., 489 U.S. 141 (1989)
27-33
 
 
 
Module 2: Trade Secrets (cases and materials) (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Information that Qualifies as a TS - Stenstrom Petroleum Svs. Grp, Inc. v. Mesch, 874 N.E.2d 959 (Ill. App. 2007)
40-48
 
Secrecy & Reasonable Efforts to Preserve It
49
Tues., Sept. 1
L
Ownership of TS Information - SI Handling Systems, Inc. v. Heisley, 753 F.2d 1244 (3rd Cir. 1985)
49-52
 
UTSA Scenarios; Problem
53-55
 
Misappropriation - Breach of Duty -
Ed Nowogroski Insurance, Inc. v. Rucker, 971 P.2d 936 (Wash. 1999)
55-59
Misappropriation - Improper Means -
BondPro Corp. v. Siemens Pwr Gen., Inc., 463 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2006)
59-61
 
Misappropriation - Improper Means - Dupont v. Christopher 431 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1970)
61-66
 
Proving Misappropriation - Pioneer Hi-Bred Intern. v. Holden Foundation Seeds, Inc., 35 F.3d 1226 (8th Cir. 1994)
66-68
Misappropriation Problem
68-69
Remedies - Damages - Pioneer Hi-Bred Intern. v. Holden Foundation Seeds, Inc., 35 F.3d 1226 (8th Cir. 1994)
70-71
removed from course coverage
Remedies - Injunctive Relief - Minuteman, Inc. v. Alexander, 434 N.W.2d 773 (WI 1989)
71-74
removed from course coverage
Protecting TS by Contract - Victoria's Secret Stores, Inc. v. Mays Department Stores Co. 157 S.W.3d 256 (Mo. App. 2004)
74-79
removed from course coverage
 
Module 3: Patent Law (cases and materials: segment 1; segment 2; segment 3; segment 4) (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
1, 10-14
Tues., Sept. 8
R
Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)
14-25
 
Madey v. Duke Univ., 307 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
25-33
 
Problem
33-34
 
eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006)
35-42
 
Claims & Claim Scope
43-52
 
Example Patent
53-63
 
Claim Interpretation - Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc)
63-75
 
Problem
76
 
Other Types of Patents
76-77
 
 
Segment 2
 
Chapter 5 Introduction
78-81
Tues., Sept. 15
L
Definiteness - Halliburton Energy Servs. v. M-I LLC, 514 F.3d 1244 (Fed. Cir 2008)
81-89
 
Enablement - CFMT, Inc. v. YieldUp Int’l Corp., 349 F.3d 1333 (2003)
89-95
 
Written Description - Gentry Gallery v. Berkline Corp., 134 F.3d 1473 (Fed. Cir. 1998)
95-99
 
Best Mode - Teleflex, Inc. v. Ficosa N. Am. Corp., 299 F.3d 1313 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
99-103
 
Problems
104
 
Chapter 6 Introduction
105
 
"Product" claims - In re Nuijten, 500 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2007)
106-110
 
Process claims - In re Bilski, 545 F.3d 943 (Fed. Cir. 2008) (en banc)
111-123
 
Utility - Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc., 185 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 1999)
124-129
 
 
Segment 3
 
Prior Art
130-133
 
Tues., Sept. 22
R
Anticipation by a Printed Publication - In re Hall, 781 F.2d 897 (Fed. Cir. 1986)
134-139
 
Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333 (1881)
140-144
 
Experimental Use Negation of Public Use - City of Elizabeth v. Am. Nicholson Pavement Co., 97 U.S. 126 (1877)
145-148
 
On Sale Bar - Pfaff v. Wells Elecs, 525 U.S. 55 (1998)
148-152
 
Novelty
152-154
 
Problems
154-155
 
Other subsections of section 102
155-157
 
Obviousness - use of multiple references
158-159
 
Graham v. John Deere Co. of Kansas City, 383 U.S. 1 (1966)
160-167
 
Tues., Sept. 29
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KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 U.S. 398 (2007)
168-179
 
"Secondary" Considerations
180
 
Analagous Arts - In re Bigio, 381 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2004)
181-183
 
 
Segment 4
 
Literal Infringement - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., No. C 03-2549 SBA (N.D. Cal. Feb. 5, 2005)
184-190
 
DOE - Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997)
190-198
 
Dedication - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., 285 F.3d 1046 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (en banc)
198-202
 
PHE - Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722 (2002)
202-210
 
Tues., Oct. 6
R
Problems
210-211
 
 
Module 4: Copyright Law (cases and materials) (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
 
Introduction - The Copyright Divide
2-6
 
Justifications - Mazer v. Stein, 347 U.S. 201 (1954)
6-12
 
Technological Challenges - A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)
12-20
 
Duration - Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003)
20-29
 
Statutory Subject Matter - Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884)
30-34
 
Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., 188 U.S. 239 (1903)
34-38
 
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)
38-47
 
Tues., Oct. 13
L
Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879)
47-51
 
 
Authorship - James D.A. Boyle, The Search for an Author: Shakespeare and the Framers, 37 AM. U. L. REV. 625 (1988)
52-57
 
Joint Works - Thomson v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)
57-65
 
Works made for Hire - Hays v. Sony Corp. of America, 847 F.2d 412 (7th Cir. 1988)
65-68
 
Collective Works - New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001)
69-80
 
Fixation & Formalities
81-83
stop before Hasbro . . .
Reproduction Right - Grand Upright Music Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., 780 F. Supp. 182 (1991)
90-93
Derivative Work Right - Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc., 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998)
93-99
 
Tues., Oct. 20
R
 
Distribution Right - Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908)
100-102
 
Public Performance Right - Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken, 422 U.S. 151 (1975)
102-107
 
Digital Transmission Right
108
 
Fair Use
118
 
Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
119-128
 
Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985)
128-139
 
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994)
139-147
 
Tues., Oct. 27
L
Direct Infringement - Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions, Inc. v. McDonald’s Corp., 562 F.2d 1157 (9th Cir. 1977)
148-154
 
Three Boys Music Corp. v. Bolton, 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 2000)
154-160
 
Contributory and Vicarious Infringement - Fonovisa, Inc. v. Cherry Auction, Inc., 76 F.3d 259 (9th Cir. 1996)
160-164
 
Inducement - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005)
164-173
Pages 173-180 have been deassigned. If you have interest in those topics, this article may be of interest.
Fri., Nov. 6
R
 
Module 5: Trademark Law (cases and materials) (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
3-6
 
Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg. Co. v. S. S. Kresge Co. 316 US 203 (1942)
6-9
 
Beating Global Monopolists at Their Own Marketing Game
9-12
 
David B. Findlay, Inc. v. Findlay, 218 NE2d 531 (NY Ct App. 1966)
12-16
 
Mattel Inc. v. Walking Mountain Productions, 353 F.3d 792 (9th Cir. 2003)
16-19
 
In re Morton Norwich Products, Inc., 671 F.2d 1332 (CCPA 1982)
19-25
 
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. v. Hunting World, Inc., 537 F.2d 4 (2d Cir. 1976)
35-43
 
Additional Trademark Law Background
25-35
 
Tues., Nov. 10
L
In re Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp., 774 F2d 1116 (Fed. Cir. 1985)
43-54
 
A.J. Canfield Company v. Honickman, 808 F.2d 291 (3rd Cir. 1986)
54-66
 
In re Budge Manufacturing Co. 857 F.2d 773 (Fed. Cir. 1988)
67-70
 
Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., 50 USPQ2d 1705 (TTAB 1999)
74-84
 
In re California Innovations, Inc., 329 F3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2003)
84-90
 
Surnames, Confusion and Other Grounds for Refusal
90-92
 
Maryland Stadium Authority v. Becker, 806 F.Supp. 1236 (D. Md. 1992)
93-101
 
Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc. v. Thrift Cars, Inc., 831 F.2d 1177 (1st Cir. 1987)
101-108
Please evaluate me! :-)
Tues., Nov. 17
R
Exxon Corporation v. Humble Exploration Company, Inc., 695 F2d 96 (5th Cir. 1983)
108-116
 
Infringement - Confusion
122-123
 
McGregor-Doniger Inc. v. Drizzle Inc., 599 F.2d 1126 (2d Cir. 1979)
123-131
 
Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, Inc v. NBA Properties, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1084 (DNJ 1997)
132-143
Dilution - Visa Int’l Service Assn. v. JSL Corp., 590 F.Supp.2d 1306 (D. Nev. 2008)
148-157
 
Tues., Nov. 24
L
Remedies remarks
157-158
 
Limitations - Nominative Fair Use - New Kids on the Block v. News America Pub., Inc., 971 F2d 302 (9th Cir. 1992)
159-165
KP Permanent Make-Up, 543 US 111 (2004)
166-170
 
Rescuecom Corp. v. Google, 562 F.3d 123 (2d Cir. 2009)
189-196
 
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Last modified on November 24, 2009, by Greg R. Vetter