Practical Lawyering Skills
293: Advanced Writing for the Practice of Law: Trademark and Copyright Litigation
This is an advanced writing course offering students an opportunity to continue developing their writing and analytical skills while focusing on the legal issues that arise between the holders of valid trademarks and copyrights and those who infringe upon their rights using a practical approach of replicating the litigation process. Topics covered include the remedies found in the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1114, et seq, and the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 501, et seq, as well as the growing complications presented by global demand and the internet. The course also focuses on the perspectives of those innocent or non-willful infringers in deciding when and how to best protect and advance the client's interests. Students will study examples of registration applications and other related documents, as well as analyze case law as they vigorously represent clients in federal court.
Knowledge of trademark and copyright principles would assist the student; however, the Intellectual Property survey course is not a requirement.