Greg R. Vetter

Intellectual Property Survey, Fall 2011

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 / 23325
Place: BLB 209
Time: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. (1 class session per week, 2 credit hours)
 
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: This class will meet in one 2.0 credit-hour blocks each week. The coverage goal is approximately forty 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 23, 2011.
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2011; 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 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 currently scheduled }
Scheduling Note: There is no class on Tuesday, Nov. 29; that day is not a "Tuesday" from the perspective of Law Center courses.
Makeup for Cancelled Day: { none currently scheduled }

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 casebook .pdf file.

Note: the casebook for the course is 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.

Course casebook link: here

 

Module 1: Introduction and Overview (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
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Date
Call Group
Introduction
Aug. 23
Copying - INS v. AP, 248 U.S. 215 (1918)
12-23
All
Public Domain / IP / Misappropriation
23-30

 
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)
51-60
 
Aug. 30
L
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
Protecting TS by Contract - Victoria's Secret, Inc. v. May's Dept. Stores, 35 F.3d 1226 (Mo. App. 2004)
n/a
This case is de-assigned from the course
 
Module 3: Patent Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
103-106
Sept. 6
R
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
131-133
 
Claims & Claim Scope
134-143
 
Sept. 13
L
Example Patent
143-152
 
Claim Interpretation - Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc)
152-164
 
Problem
164-165
 
Chapter 6 Introduction
166-169
Definiteness - Halliburton Energy Servs. v. M-I LLC, 514 F.3d 1244 (Fed. Cir 2008)
169-178
 
Enablement - CFMT, Inc. v. YieldUp Int’l Corp., 349 F.3d 1333 (2003)
178-184
 
Sept. 20
R
Written Description - Gentry Gallery v. Berkline Corp., 134 F.3d 1473 (Fed. Cir. 1998)
n/a
6 pages omitted - not assigned
Best Mode - Teleflex, Inc. v. Ficosa N. Am. Corp., 299 F.3d 1313 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
n/a
4 pages omitted - not assigned
Problems 1 and 3
193-194
 
Chapter 7 Introduction
195
 
"Product" claims - In re Nuijten, 500 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2007)
n/a
6 pages omitted - not assigned
Note 3
201
 
Process claims - Bilski v. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010)
201-213
 
Utility - Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc., 185 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 1999)
213-219
 
Problems 1, 2 and 4
219-220
 
Chapter 8 Introduction - Prior Art
221-225
 
Anticipation by a Printed Publication - In re Hall, 781 F.2d 897 (Fed. Cir. 1986)
225-230
 
Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333 (1881)
230-236
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)
237-242
 
Sept. 27
L
On Sale Bar - Pfaff v. Wells Elecs, 525 U.S. 55 (1998)
n/a
5 pages omitted - not assigned
Novelty
n/a
2 pages omitted - not assigned
Problems
n/a
2 pages omitted - not assigned 
Other subsections of section 102
n/a
3 pages omitted - not assigned 
Obviousness - use of multiple references
253-255
 
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)
262-275
 
"Secondary" Considerations
275-276
 
Analagous Arts - In re Bigio, 381 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2004)
276-278
 
Problems
279-280
 
Literal Infringement - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., No. C 03-2549 SBA (N.D. Cal. Feb. 5, 2005)
281-288
 
DOE - Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997)
289-296
 
Dedication - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., 285 F.3d 1046 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (en banc)
296-300
 
PHE - Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722 (2002)
n/a
 
Problems 1 - 4
309-310
 
 
Module 4: Copyright Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
 
Introduction - The Copyright Divide
316-321
 
Oct. 4
R
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
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
 
Oct. 11
L
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
 
Oct. 18
R
Fixation & Formalities
400-402
Hasbro v. Sparkle (2d. 1985)
403-407
4 pages omitted - not assigned 
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
 
Oct. 25
L
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
 
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
 
Module 5: Trademark Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
537-539
 
Nov. 1
R
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
 
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
 
Nov. 8
L
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
 
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
 
Nov. 15
R
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
 
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
Nov. 22
R
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
 { end of class assignments }

Last modified on November 22, 2011, by Greg R. Vetter