Greg R. Vetter

Licensing & Technology Transfer, Fall 2008

Course Description

This course covers a study of licensing in the following types of licenses: patent, copyright, trademark, know-how, and digital information.

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: Licensing & Technology Transfer
Class # / Section #: 5360 / 34613
Place: 4-BLB
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. (2 class sessions per week, 3 credit hours)
 
Materials:

Cases and materials given in the class assignment table below.

  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 IP Survey, Patent Law, or Copyright Law
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 two 1.5 credit-hour blocks each week. Assignments will be detailed in the table below as the semester progresses.
 
Absences Limit: Assuming two class meetings a 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 throughout the class each session.
"Pick your seat" seating chart date: The second class session during the first week of class:
- Thursday, August 28, 2008.
 
Final Exam Date/Time: Thursday, December 18, 2008; 1-4 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.
 
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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, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Makeup(s) for Cancelled Day(s): Friday, September 5; regular class time and place
Friday, September 19; regular class time and place
Friday, November 21; regular class time and place

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.

Revision to Generally Applicable Syllabus: Call assignment for cases is by individual using the first letter of the last name, proceeding alphabetically. In two instances, two persons share the same first letter of the last name, in which case a number indicates who the person is based on alphabetical order. If a person assigned to a case does not appear for a class session, the first person listed for the next class day will take that person's place. Adjustment of individual case assignments may occur up to mid-evening (around 7 pm) of the night before class. After a person has discussed a case in class, the letter indicating the assignment will be changed to upper case.

Students must email me if they will not attend in order for this system to work well.

The call group assignment list will be posted here for downloading as a .pdf file, with a password required to open the file. That password will be given out in class.

In the table each casebook assignment is given a page range to go with the assignment title. Unless the "Comment/Note" column indicates otherwise, read the entire assignment, encompassed on the indicated pages, including any notes or associated problems.

Module 4: Problems In Operation of Patent Licenses (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
C
Sept. 23
F1
D
 
Sept. 25
F2
F1*
B1
Sept. 30
G*
 
12 Pitfalls in Licensing Technology (paper handout)
n/a
H
Oct. 2
M*
P
DFARs Table of Contents (see subpart 252.227); patent  
B1
B2*
Oct. 7
C
 
D
F1
Oct. 9
F2
G
n/a
Oct. 14
H
M
Oct. 16
n/a
Module 8: Electronic Information Access Licenses (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
p
 
b1
b2
{end of assignments}
 
Module 9: {reserved/forthcoming} (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Date
Call Group
{detailed assignments forthcoming}
 
 
Module 10: {reserved/forthcoming} (slides)
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Call Group
{detailed assignments forthcoming}
 
 
Module 11: {reserved/forthcoming} (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Call Group
{detailed assignments forthcoming}
 
 
Module 12: {reserved/forthcoming} (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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Call Group
{detailed assignments forthcoming}
 
 
Module 13: {reserved/forthcoming} (slides)
Assignment {resv} Comment/Notes
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{detailed assignments forthcoming}
 
 

Last modified on December 3, 2008, by Greg R. Vetter