Greg R. Vetter

Intellectual Property Survey, Fall 2015

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 / 17805
Place: 144 BLB
Time: Tuesday, 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=13424
 
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:
- Tuesday, August 25, 2015
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Tuesday, December 8, 2015; 6-8 p.m., Room 144 TUII
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)

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 (thus, Tuesday Nov. 17 is the last class meeting)

Scheduling Note: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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

  • 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 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.

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
Aug. 25
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)
42-50
Texas enacts the UTSA
Secrecy & Reasonable Efforts to Preserve It
51
Ownership of TS Information - SI Handling Systems, Inc. v. Heisley, 753 F.2d 1244 (3rd Cir. 1985)
55-58
 
UTSA Scenarios; Problem
58
 
Misappropriation
58-60
 
Ed Nowogroski Insurance, Inc. v. Rucker, 971 P.2d 936 (Wash. 1999)
60-64
Sept. 1
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Misappropriation - Improper Means -
BondPro Corp. v. Siemens Pwr Gen., Inc., 463 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2006)
64-65
 
Misappropriation - Improper Means - Dupont v. Christopher 431 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1970)
66-71
 
Misappropriation Problem
71-72
Remedies
73-74
 
Module 3: Patent Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call Group
Introduction
95-98
Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)
99-105
 
Madey v. Duke Univ., 307 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
106-114
 
Sept. 8
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Problem
114-115
 
eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006)
115-122
 
Other Types of Patents
122-123
 
Claims & Claim Scope
124-131
 
Example Patent
131-139
 
Claim Interpretation - Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc)
140-152
 
Problem
152-153
 
Sept. 15
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Chapter 6 Introduction
154-156
Definiteness - Nautilus v Biosig (2014)
157-162
 
Enablement - CFMT, Inc. v. YieldUp Int’l Corp., 349 F.3d 1333 (2003)
163-168
 
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 2
178
 
Chapter 7 Introduction
179-180
 
"Product" claims - Assn. of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics --- U.S. --- (2013)
180-188
Sept. 22
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Process claims - Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank, ___ S. Ct. ____ (2014)
188-198
 
Utility - Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc., 185 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 1999)
198-204
 
Problems 1 and 2
205
 
Chapter 8 Introduction - Prior Art
206-209
 
Anticipation by a Printed Publication - In re Hall, 781 F.2d 897 (Fed. Cir. 1986)
210-214
Note 5 on page 213-214 is not assigned. 
Novelty Defeating Disclosures and Priority
214-218
 
Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333 (1881)
219-225
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)
226-229
 
Sept. 29
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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 multiple references
240-241
 
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)
249-262
 
"Secondary" Considerations
262-263
 
Analagous Arts - In re Bigio, 381 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2004)
263-265
 
Problems
266-267
 
Literal Infringement - Larami Corp. v. Amron (E.D. Pa. 1993)
268-272
 
DOE - Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997)
272-280
 
Dedication - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., 285 F.3d 1046 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (en banc)
281-286
 
PHE - Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722 (2002)
n/a
omitted - not assigned 
Problems 1 - 4
295-296
 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
303-307
 
Oct. 6
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Justifications - Mazer v. Stein, 347 U.S. 201 (1954)
308-314
 
Technological Challenges - A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)
314-322
 
Duration - Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003)
322-331
Statutory Subject Matter - Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884)
332-337
 
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)
352-356
 
Authorship - James D.A. Boyle, The Search for an Author: Shakespeare and the Framers, 37 AM. U. L. REV. 625 (1988)
357-362
 
Joint Works - Thomson v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)
363-369
 
Oct. 13
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Works made for Hire - Hays v. Sony Corp. of America, 847 F.2d 412 (7th Cir. 1988)
370-374
 
Collective Works - New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001)
376-386
 
Fixation & Formalities
387-389
Hasbro v. Sparkle (2d. 1985)
390-394
4 pages omitted - not assigned 
Publication
394-395
1 page omitted - not assigned 
Reproduction Right - Grand Upright Music Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., 780 F. Supp. 182 (1991)
396-400
Derivative Work Right - Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc., 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998)
400-405
 
Distribution Right - Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908)
406-408
 
Public Performance Right - Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken, 422 U.S. 151 (1975)
409-414
 
Public Display Right / Digital Transmission Right
414-415
 
Oct. 20
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Moral Rights - Gilliam v. ABC, 538 F.2d. 14 (2d. 1976)
416-424
9 pages omitted - not assigned 
Fair Use
425-426
 
Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
426-436
 
Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985)
436-446
 
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994)
447-455
Campbell on YouTube
Direct Infringement - Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions, Inc. v. McDonald’s Corp., 562 F.2d 1157 (9th Cir. 1977)
456-462
 
Three Boys Music Corp. v. Bolton, 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 2000)
463-468
George Harrison case on YouTube
Arnstein v. Porter cases - USC resource
Oct. 27
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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
524-526
 
Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg. Co. v. S. S. Kresge Co. 316 US 203 (1942)
526-529
 
Beating Global Monopolists at Their Own Marketing Game
529-531
 
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
 
Nov. 3
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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)
565-571
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Acquired Distinctiveness
572-575
 
A.J. Canfield Company v. Honickman, 808 F.2d 291 (3rd Cir. 1986)
576-586
 
In re Budge Manufacturing Co. 857 F.2d 773 (Fed. Cir. 1988)
587-590
 
In re Old Glory Condom Corp., 26 USPQ.2d 1216 (TTAB 1993)
591-594
 
Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., 50 USPQ2d 1705 (TTAB 1999)
595-601
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
notes
602-605
 
Nov. 10
R
Geography
606-608
 
In re California Innovations, Inc., 329 F3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2003)
608-614
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Surnames, Confusion and Other Grounds for Refusal
615-617
 
Maryland Stadium Authority v. Becker, 806 F.Supp. 1236 (D. Md. 1992)
618-624
 
Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc. v. Thrift Cars, Inc., 831 F.2d 1177 (1st Cir. 1987)
624-630
Exxon Corporation v. Humble Exploration Company, Inc., 695 F2d 96 (5th Cir. 1983)
631-636
 
Infringement - Confusion
642-647
 
McGregor-Doniger Inc. v. Drizzle Inc., 599 F.2d 1126 (2d Cir. 1979)
647-654
AccessUH for course evaluation
Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, Inc v. NBA Properties, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1084 (DNJ 1997)
655-670
Nov. 17
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Dilution - Visa Int’l Service Assn. v. JSL Corp., 590 F.Supp.2d 1306 (D. Nev. 2008)
673-682
 
Remedies remarks
691-692
 
Limitations - Classic Fair Use - KP Permanent Make-Up, 543 US 111 (2004)
699-704
AccessUH for course evaluation
Limitations - Nominative Fair Use - New Kids on the Block v. News America Pub., Inc., 971 F2d 302 (9th Cir. 1992)
705-711
 { end of class assignments }

Last modified on November 17, 2015, by Greg R. Vetter