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Topics in Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property Licensing (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-648
  • Class Number: 03308
  • Instructor: Richard Gruner

Course Description

This course addresses Intellectual Property (IP) licensing involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and other types of IP.  IP licenses –  essentially specialized contracts analogous to rental agreements in real estate law – transfer limited rights to use IP and facilitate transactions and creative enterprises in diverse technical, entertainment, and information distribution settings.  IP licenses frequently supply key building blocks for the founding and operation of creative enterprises.  This course will examine means to negotiate and draft IP licenses, as well as strategic considerations in structuring the terms of these agreements.  The course is aimed at students interested in all types of IP, including IP in media, technology, and other business and creative contexts.  In addition to the essential features of IP licenses, the course will consider advanced IP licensing topics such as the treatment of IP licenses under antitrust and bankruptcy laws.  Both the basics of IP licensing and these advanced issues are treated in the required text for the course: Gruner, Ghosh, & Kesan, Transactional Intellectual Property: From Startups to Public Companies (4TH ed. 2018).  This text also includes an overview of underlying IP laws to aid students who have backgrounds in some but not all types of IP.  The instructor is a long-time analyst of IP licensing and IP in developing enterprises, a former in-house counsel at a major international technology firm, co-author of the course casebook, and an experienced law school teacher in this area of practice.  


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 8:00 am - 9:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 7
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Required and graded