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Topics in Intellectual Property Law: Intellectual Property Litigation (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-765
  • Class Number: 03472
  • Instructor: Jason Lo

Course Description

This course provides students with a deep immersion into federal court litigation, with a focus on effective oral and written advocacy in the context of intellectual property litigation.  Current issues in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets law will be used as a vehicle for students to learn and hone their advocacy skills.[1]  Among other assignments, students will brief and argue motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, Markman (claim construction) hearings, motions in limine, and—time permitting—an appeal.  Feedback on oral arguments is an essential feature of this course and will be provided during class.  There is no final exam, and there will be limited assigned reading.  There are no prerequisites.  A technical degree in engineering or the sciences is neither required nor even recommended.  This course is not open to LL.M. students.  This course is targeted to students who have a strong interest in litigation generally, who wish to focus on honing their written and oral advocacy skills, and who have an interest in intellectual property.   

Course Structure:

After the second week of class, the students will be assigned to one of two groups.  Each week, one of the groups will be given a writing assignment, which each student in the group will complete individually.  The writing projects (e.g., a brief in support of a motion) will generally be in the range of 3-8 pages double-spaced.  The typical class will begin with oral arguments by the students based on the preceding week’s written assignment.  The remainder of the class session will generally include a lecture on a variety of subjects, and a discussion of the following week’s assignment. 

Feedback will be provided in class after all oral arguments.  Approximately halfway through the semester, the instructors will meet with each student individually to give detailed comments on their progress.  

Enrollment and Attendance:

Due to the structure of the course, attendance at and participation in each class session is mandatory. 


This course is three units. 


There are no exams.  Your grade will be calculated as follows:

            --50% written work

            --50% oral arguments and participation in class

            Numerical or CR/D/F

Course Materials:

There are no materials to purchase.  The instructors will provide a reading list for most classes that is designed to highlight the issues covered by the written assignment. 

Office Hours & Contact Information:

Although formal office hours are not being scheduled at this time, the instructors will answer any questions via email at the address listed below.  In addition, should a personal meeting be desired, withadvance notice the instructors will make arrangements to be available either before or after class.

   [1]   In past semesters, this Course primarily used patent litigation as the underlying legal vehicle.  The Course has been revised to decrease the emphasis on patent litigation, and add focus on other aspects of intellectual property law such as trademark, copyright, and trade secrets disputes.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 106
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Required and graded