Greg R. Vetter

Intellectual Property Survey, Fall 2016

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 remaining two weeks 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 / 18493
Place: 109 BLB
Time: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. (2 class session per week, 50 minutes per session, 2 credit hours is 100 minutes)
Due to the academic calendar there is a need to "make up" one class session that would otherwise fall on Thanksgiving day. There is also a need to makeup class cancellation on October 6. Thus, during the first ten sessions, class will run until 11:30 a.m., which provides two makeup class sessions.
UHLC Listing: http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/class_information.asp?cid=14015
 
Required Text:

John T. Cross, Doris Estelle Long, Greg R. Vetter, and Peter K. Yu, Intellectual Property Law (Lexis Nexis, 2015)

See this link: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781422470329/Intellectual-Property-Law

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 two 1.0 credit-hour periods each week. The coverage goal is approximately 15-20 pages per period. Assignments will be detailed in the table below as the semester progresses.
 
Absences Limit: Assuming two class meetings per 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 out during each class session.
"Pick your seat" seating chart date: The second class session during the first week of class:
- Thursday, August 25, 2016
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016; 9-11 a.m., { room forthcoming }
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 }
Recording of Class Sessions I will tape the class sessions using a recorder and post links to the 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 recordings created will be deleted and destroyed shortly after the final exam for the class. Since I call on students, there is a chance that your contributions to class discussion, whether voluntary or while on call, may be included in the recording. 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.
Mediasite video recordings of class

http://uh.mediasite.com/mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/law-ipsurvey-vetter (requires cougarnet login)

Cancellation Day(s)

Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Scheduling Note: { forthcoming, if any }
Makeup for Cancelled Day:

Makeups will happen by holding class for extra time during the early part of the semester.

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.

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 items is by individual using the first letter of the last name, proceeding alphabetically most of the time. In some instances, multiple persons share the same first letter of the last name, in which case additional letters are given to uniquely identify the person. If a person assigned to an item does not appear for a class session, I will look for volunteers. Adjustment of individual item assignments may occur up to mid-evening (around 7 p.m.) of the night before class.
Students must email me if they will not attend in order for this system to work well.

 

Module 1: Introduction and Overview (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call
Introduction
Aug. 23
All
Copying - INS v. AP, 248 U.S. 215 (1918)
3-14

 
Module 2: Trade Secrets (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call
Information that Qualifies as a TS - Stenstrom Petroleum Svs. Grp, Inc. v. Mesch, 874 N.E.2d 959 (Ill. App. 2007)
37-47
Texas enacts the UTSA
Aug. 25
z
Secrecy & Reasonable Efforts to Preserve It
47-48
Congresses passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). See also this link.
Ownership of TS Information - SI Handling Systems, Inc. v. Heisley, 753 F.2d 1244 (3rd Cir. 1985)
52-55
 
Aug. 30
UTSA Scenarios; Problem
55-56
 
Misappropriation
56-58
 
Ed Nowogroski Insurance, Inc. v. Rucker, 971 P.2d 936 (Wash. 1999)
58-62
b
Misappropriation - Improper Means -
BondPro Corp. v. Siemens Pwr Gen., Inc., 463 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2006)
62-64
 
Misappropriation - Improper Means - Dupont v. Christopher 431 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1970)
64-69
 
d
Misappropriation Problem
70-71
Remedies
73-75
 
Module 3: Patent Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call
Introduction
101-105
patents and Apple taxes article.
Sept. 1
Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)
105-113
 
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Madey v. Duke Univ., 307 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
113-123
 
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Problems
123
 
eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006)
124-132
 
Sept. 6
n
Other Types of Patents
132-133
 
Claims & Claim Scope
135-143
 
Example Patent
143-151
 
Claim Interpretation - Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc)
151-165
 
m
Problem
165-166
 
Sept. 8
Chapter 6 Introduction
167-170
Definiteness - Nautilus v Biosig (2014)
170-177
 
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Enablement - CFMT, Inc. v. YieldUp Int’l Corp., 349 F.3d 1333 (2003)
178-184
 
Sept. 13 (with apologies, the first 20 minutes of this audio was lost)
ro
Written Description - Atlantic Research Marketing Systems v. Troy, 659 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2011)
n/a
8 pages omitted - not assigned
Problems 1 and 2
194
 
Chapter 7 Introduction
195-196
 
"Product" claims - Assn. of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics 133 S. Ct. 2017 (2013)
196-205
ru
Process claims - Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014)
205-216
 
sa
Utility - Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc., 185 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 1999)
216-224
 
Sept. 15
sp
Problems 1 and 2
224
 
Chapter 8 Introduction - Prior Art
227-232
 
Anticipation by a Printed Publication - In re Hall, 781 F.2d 897 (Fed. Cir. 1986)
232-236
Note 5 on page 236 is not assigned. 
t
Novelty Defeating Disclosures and Priority
237-242
 
Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333 (1881)
242-248
An article of possible interest relating to this case.
Sept. 20
b
Experimental Use Negation of Public Use - City of Elizabeth v. Am. Nicholson Pavement Co., 97 U.S. 126 (1877)
249-254
 
On Sale Bar - Pfaff v. Wells Elecs, 525 U.S. 55 (1998)
n/a
5 pages omitted - not assigned
Problems
259-260
omit problems 2, 3, 7 to 9
preAIA section 102
n/a
5 pages omitted - not assigned 
Obviousness - use of multiple references
267-268
 
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)
277-290
 
g
"Secondary" Considerations
291-292
 
Analagous Arts - In re Bigio, 381 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2004)
293-295
 
Problems
295-297
 
Literal Infringement - Larami Corp. v. Amron (E.D. Pa. 1993)
299-303
 
Sept. 22
k
DOE - Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chem. Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997)
304-313
 
l
Dedication - Johnson & Johnston Assocs. v. R.E. Serv. Co., 285 F.3d 1046 (Fed. Cir. 2002) (en banc)
314-320
 
Sept. 27
m
PHE - Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722 (2002)
n/a
omitted - not assigned 
Problems 1 - 4
330-331
 Here is a site with patent statistics.
 
Module 4: Copyright Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call
Introduction - The Copyright Divide
341-346
 
Justifications - Mazer v. Stein, 347 U.S. 201 (1954)
347-353
 
Technological Challenges - A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)
353-362
 
n
Duration - Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003)
363-372
d
Statutory Subject Matter - Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884)
373-379
 
Sept. 29
ro
Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., 188 U.S. 239 (1903)
380-384
 
ru
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)
384-394
 
sa
Baker v. Selden, 101 U.S. 99 (1879)
395-400
 
Oct. 4
sp
Authorship - James D.A. Boyle, The Search for an Author: Shakespeare and the Framers, 37 AM. U. L. REV. 625 (1988)
401-407
 
Joint Works - Thomson v. Larson, 147 F.3d 195 (2d Cir. 1998)
407-415
 
g
Collective Works - New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001)
421-434
 
Works made for Hire - Hays v. Sony Corp. of America, 847 F.2d 412 (7th Cir. 1988)
416-420
 
Oct. 11
Fixation & Formalities
435-438
Hasbro v. Sparkle (2d. 1985)
n/a
5 pages omitted - not assigned 
Publication
n/a
2 page omitted - not assigned 
Reproduction Right - Grand Upright Music Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., 780 F. Supp. 182 (1991)
445-448
Derivative Work Right - Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc., 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998)
449-456
 
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Distribution Right - Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908)
456-458
 
Public Performance Right - Twentieth Century Music Corp. v. Aiken, 422 U.S. 151 (1975)
459-465
 
Oct. 13
t
Public Display Right / Digital Transmission Right
466-467
 
Moral Rights - Gilliam v. ABC, 538 F.2d. 14 (2d. 1976)
n/a
9 pages omitted - not assigned 
Oct. 18
Fair Use
479-480
 
Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
480-490
 
b
Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985)
491-502
 
d
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994)
503-512
Campbell on YouTube
k
Direct Infringement - Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions, Inc. v. McDonald’s Corp., 562 F.2d 1157 (9th Cir. 1977)
513-520
 
Oct. 20
l
Three Boys Music Corp. v. Bolton, 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 2000)
520-527
George Harrison case on YouTube
Arnstein v. Porter cases - USC resource
m
Contributory and Vicarious Infringement - Fonovisa, Inc. v. Cherry Auction, Inc., 76 F.3d 259 (9th Cir. 1996)
n/a
omitted, along with all material in Copyright after this case
 
Module 5: Trademark Law (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
{resv}
Date
Call
Introduction
593-596
 
Oct. 25
Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg. Co. v. S. S. Kresge Co. 316 US 203 (1942)
596-599
 
Beating Global Monopolists at Their Own Marketing Game
599-602
 
David B. Findlay, Inc. v. Findlay, 218 NE2d 531 (NY Ct App. 1966)
602-606
 
n
Mattel Inc. v. Walking Mountain Productions, 353 F.3d 792 (9th Cir. 2003)
606-610
 
Oct. 27
In re Morton Norwich Products, Inc., 671 F.2d 1332 (CCPA 1982)
610-616
 
Nov. 1
ru
Additional Trademark Law Background
616-627
 
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. v. Hunting World, Inc., 537 F.2d 4 (2d Cir. 1976)
629-638
 
sa
Distinctiveness in other types of symbols
639-640
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame v. Gentile Productions, 134 F.3d 749 (6th Cir. 1998)
n/a
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Acquired Distinctiveness
648-651
 
Nov. 3
A.J. Canfield Company v. Honickman, 808 F.2d 291 (3rd Cir. 1986)
651-663
 
sp
In re Budge Manufacturing Co. 857 F.2d 773 (Fed. Cir. 1988)
665-669
 
t
In re Old Glory Condom Corp., 26 USPQ.2d 1216 (TTAB 1993)
n/a
omitted - not assigned 
Nov. 8
Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., 50 USPQ2d 1705 (TTAB 1999)
n/a
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Geography
686-688
 
In re California Innovations, Inc., 329 F3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2003)
n/a
6 pages omitted - not assigned 
Surnames, Confusion and Other Grounds for Refusal
695-698
 
Maryland Stadium Authority v. Becker, 806 F.Supp. 1236 (D. Md. 1992)
699-705
 
z
Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc. v. Thrift Cars, Inc., 831 F.2d 1177 (1st Cir. 1987)
705-713
ro
Exxon Corporation v. Humble Exploration Company, Inc., 695 F2d 96 (5th Cir. 1983)
714-720
 
Nov. 10
b
Infringement - Confusion
727-733
 
McGregor-Doniger Inc. v. Drizzle Inc., 599 F.2d 1126 (2d Cir. 1979)
733-740
d
Harlem Wizards Entertainment Basketball, Inc v. NBA Properties, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1084 (DNJ 1997)
741-759
Nov. 15
g
Dilution - Visa Int’l Service Assn. v. JSL Corp., 590 F.Supp.2d 1306 (D. Nev. 2008)
762-772
 
k
Remedies remarks
782-783
 
Limitations - Classic Fair Use - KP Permanent Make-Up, 543 US 111 (2004)
791-798
AccessUH for course evaluation
Nov. 17
l
Limitations - Nominative Fair Use - New Kids on the Block v. News America Pub., Inc., 971 F2d 302 (9th Cir. 1992)
798-804
m
Review session
n/a
same time and place as regular class sessions
Nov. 22
 { end of class assignments }

Last modified on November 17, 2016, by Greg R. Vetter